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by Stephen Krashen

Colleagues, I must remind you that the national standards will be the basis for new
curricula and national tests, to be given to ALL students every year, far more than
NCLB called for. The more detailed the standards, the more detailed the tests, and
the greater possibility that teaching will be even more linked to tests. If we
succeed in getting them to add more on meta-cognitive strategies, for example, you
can be sure that there will be new materials on teaching strategies explicitly,
whether necessary or appropriate or not, and students will be tested on them. The
blueprint document also makes it clear that there will be new "interim and
formative" tests, and we can expect these tests to be similar to summative tests.

In my opinion, standards should be reasonably vague, not over-precise, to avoid a
skill-building and test-preparation nightmare in the schools. And any standards
should also result in students doing more self-selected reading, more excitement
about literature, and a deeper understand of the powerful impact writing has on
cognitive development.

— Stephen Krashen
NCTE ning


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