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[Susan notes: Educators across the country can use Marion Brady's fine letter to good purpose, plugging in the name of their state test where he uses FCAT. He gets across essential points in just one short paragraph.]

Published in Orlando Sentinel

To the editor

It saddens me when educators, who ought to know better, plug the "virtues" of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It tells me one of three things, that (a) they haven't really studied the Sunshine State Standards upon which the FCAT is based; (b) if they've studied the standards they don't grasp their fundamental inadequacy; or (c) they're in the happy situation of working in a school or school system where low incomes, population mobility, single-parent families, poor diet, exposure to lead and mercury, and all the other factors contributing to "D" and "F" school grades, have relatively little effect.

Marion Brady

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