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[Susan notes: Krashen and McQuillan ask what kind of spin the US Department of Education will put on the International Reading Test scores for fourth graders (PIRLS). Implicitly, of course, they are asking the same question of editorialists. And whether or not their letter is published, it is very important that the question is asked.]

Submitted to Wall Street Journal but not published
11/29/2007

To the editor

Re: "Fourth Graders Fall Behind in Literacy Test"

(November 29):



We wonder what kind of spin the US Department of

Education will put on the International Reading Test

scores for fourth graders (PIRLS). In 2001, American

children scored 542, placing third out of 35

countries. No Child Left Behind and its reading

component, Reading First, was implemented in

2002-2003. But in 2006, American fourth graders placed 14th out of 40, with a score of 540. No improvement, despite the huge investment in instructional time and money.



Stephen Krashen, Ph.D. and Jeff McQuillan, Ph.D.


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