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[Susan notes: Again, Stephen Krashen marshals the facts to challenge federal policy.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

After California's fourth graders scored the lowest in the country on a national reading test (NAEP) in 1992, California blamed whole language and instituted intensive systematic phonics. Scores released Sept. 25 show that California's fourth graders scored a dismal 209, in a virtual tie for last place with Mississippi (208) and Louisiana (207), far below the national average of 220. Whole language wasn't the problem, and phonics wasn't the solution.

California has the worst public and school libraries in the US. California continues to ignore research showing that investing in libraries results in higher reading achievement.

Stephen Krashen

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