CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1997
Re "A Giant Leap Toward Better California Schools," editorial, Sept. 21: Your "any test is better than no test" analysis of the Legislature's capitulation to Gov. Pete Wilson's demand for a statewide school testing program ignores the reality that unless a test is measured against a standard of what our children should be learning, its value in improving education is limited. The logic of why we're implementing a statewide test before the Board of Education adopts its standards still escapes us. Remember, the sole reason we haven't had a statewide test in three years is because the governor, in a 1994 election-year sop to the right wing, vetoed a bill to continue the controversial California Learning Assessment System.