Two-thirds of U.S. students are not considered proficient in writing.--National Assessment of Educational Progress
"That presents a pretty bleak picture, and yet the expectations for writing in college and the workplace are being ramped up."--Gary Troia
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Far too many K-12 students have inadequate writing skills, and the current efforts to improve instruction in the United States may be more challenging than anticipated, research from Michigan State University shows.
- Study co-director Gary Troia of MSU, along with Natalie Olinghouse at the University of Connecticut, said educators and policymakers in many parts of the country will have to make significant changes to bring existing curriculum, materials and teacher training in line with the Common Core State Standards for writing and language.
- The new K-12 standards are intended to improve instruction in mathematics and English language arts, including writing, nationwide.
- "Everyone needs to know how to write well, and we are not doing a good enough job to prepare students," said Troia, associate professor of education. "What we are finding is that states are going to be faced with a misalignment between the content standards and curriculum materials they are using and what the Common Core requires them to cover."