Editor Jay Evensen's recent column, "First, we ditch No Child Left Behind law" (Dec. 2) was an eye-opener and should command the attention of all Americans who want our educational system elevated, bolstered and repaired. To read that a new international literacy test administered in 2006 placed American kids 11th was a demoralizing shocker! How many of us complacently believe our schools are managing to turn out the best students in the world? Well, surprise!

Many good points were made in this column, but two stood out for me: "The real tests ought to measure our kids against the world" and "We need to get serious about school reforms."

Laura L. Cormack