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[Susan notes: What a good point! Where's the fact checking when Spellings and her cronies write to the Times?]

Submitted to but not published

To the editor

The Times, Lies, and NCLB

The Times understands that this administration cannot

be trusted when it comes to national security (“Spies,

Lies and the FISA,” Oct. 14), yet it allows and even

promotes the administration’s obvious display of

disinformation about education.

In a letter published in the Times, Education

Secretary Spellings stated that since No Child Left

Behind became law, students “have reached all-time

highs on our nation’s report card and achievement gaps

have narrowed” (“Truly No Child Left Behind,” Oct.


A few minutes inspection of national (NAEP) reading

scores shows that this is not true: The significant

increases happened before NCLB was implemented. Also,

a number of studies have shown that NCLB has not

improved progress on state tests, and achievement gaps

have not narrowed.

When the Times published my letters in the past, Times

staff challenged and checked my claims, an impressive

(and welcome) process. Why didn’t this happen in this


Stephen Krashen

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