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[Susan notes: Yahoo! We have no evidence that Brent Staples, who writes the NY Times editorials supporting NCLB, ever reads any evidence, but plenty of other people do. This is an important letter to get into the Times.]

Published in New York Times
12/29/2007

To the editor

No debate: the No Child Left Behind Act has not
worked.

"Democrats Make Bush School Act an Election Issue"
(front page, Dec. 23) notes that "policy makers debate whether the law has raised student achievement."

There is no debate among those who have looked at the data. The law has not produced improvements on state or national reading tests, nor have achievement gaps been narrowed. There has also been no change on American fourth graders' scores on the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study tests from 2001 to 2006. (No Child Left Behind was introduced in the 2002-3 school year.)

Despite huge increases in instructional time and
billions of dollars spent, there have been no
improvements.

Stephen Krashen


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