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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It is good to know that NCTE does not yet have a position on the standards movement by S. Krashen

This post by Professor Stephen Krashen is in response to the previous post.

Here are his comments, posted on this website.

http://www.ncte.org/standards/commoncore/response


-Angela

It is good to know that NCTE does not yet have a position on the
standards movement.


Will NCTE's input assume that national standards and tests are
necessary and only comment on the substance of the standards? Are we
limited to providing input on the draft or can we question the idea of
investing so much time and money on standards and tests?

I am a member of several organizations supporting or planning to
support the standards movement because they think it is inevitable. If
these organizations were to question the standards, maybe they would
not be inevitable.

Children in the US are staggering under the load of tests. Schools
have turned into test-prep factories. It is astonishing that a major
priority of the administration is new standards and tests.

I argue that new standards and tests are unnecessary and unhelpful in
a very short paper called NUT: No Unnecessary Testing. Write me for a
copy: skrashen@yahoo.com.

Stephen Krashen

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