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Letter: Class size, wealth relevant to scores

This is a first grade classroom at the

This is a first grade classroom at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The chart accompanying "Math rises, English falls" [News, Aug. 15] should have included more practical information. For example, the chart could have compared students' scores and ranked them by the average class size in each district. This might give us something to work with.

Also, the chart could list the scores by property wealth, which would show us something that would actually help explain poor grades: relative poverty.

This will continue to be a problem until we start looking at real information.

Deborah Virga, Farmingville

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher from the William Floyd school district.