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[Susan notes: As Stephen Krashen notes, the Administration can

get a letter into major newspapers whenever they

want. AND they can exceed the New York

word limit. But it ranks from difficult

to impossible to get the Times to allow

researchers to refute Administration claims with

facts. Kudos to Krashen for not giving up.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

The White House continues to distort the facts

about NCLB (No Child Left Behind) ("Progress in

education: How the White House sees it," Oct.

24). Yes, reading scores on national tests (the

grade 4 NAEP test) are high, but NCLB deserves

none of the credit: The increase came before NCLB

was implemented; there has been no real

improvement since then. Also, the "achievement

gap" has not narrowed: The crucial difference,

between children from high and low-income

families, has not changed since NCLB began.

Scores on state reading tests have increased, but

improvement was present before NCLB. Researchers

Bruce Fuller of Berkeley and Jaekyung Lee of the

State University of New York have independently

shown that NCLB did not increase the rate of

improvement. NCLB, in other words, has not added


NCLB should be dismantled. We should stop wasting

money on programs with no demonstrated benefits

to children.

PS: The administration's letter went 100 words

over the Times' 150 word limit.

Stephen Krashen

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