Test: Most students not proficient in writing

Sep 14, 2012 by Christine Armario

Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word processing tools.

That's according to results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing released Friday.

Twenty-four percent of students at each grade level were able to write essays that were well developed, organized and had proper language and grammar. Three percent scored as advanced. The remainder showed just partial mastery of these skills.

Students were given the test by computer for the first time in the nearly four decades the test has been administered. Laptops were brought into public and across the country to gain a nationally . The results weren't comparable to previous years.

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Jeweller
5 / 5 (1) Sep 14, 2012
Do I assume correctly, after having read this report that seventy six percent of students in The United States of America are functionally illiterate ?
Deathclock
3 / 5 (2) Sep 14, 2012
Most people are not proficient writers...

Jeweller, the comma after "correctly" in your comment is erroneous. If you had also put a comma after "report" it would have been fine. Also, the word "the" in "the United States of America" should not be capitalized. (I wouldn't have said anything but for the fact that this article is about proficiency in writing).

An easy way to tell if you are using commas correctly is to read the sentence to yourself (aloud or in your head) and place an exaggerated pause at each comma.
Jeweller
5 / 5 (1) Sep 14, 2012
Thank you for correcting me. I shall endeavour to follow your advice. English is not my home language or mother tongue. The language Afrikaans is.
Was my assumption correct ?
Mandan
not rated yet Sep 14, 2012
Thank you for correcting me. I shall endeavour to follow your advice. English is not my home language or mother tongue. The language Afrikaans is.
Was my assumption correct ?


I would estimate that the percent that is functionally illiterate mirrors the number that is proficient-- about 25%. The rest will be found somewhere along the remaining 50 percentile points of the bell curve which normally describes these types of quantified qualities with a median and standard deviations.

alfie_null
not rated yet Sep 15, 2012
The article was too long. I'd suggest something like 140 characters if your target audience includes this group of students. Whew! Made it.
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Sep 15, 2012
From what I have seen of most American Students, they aren't proficient in anything except getting drunk and taking drugs.

http://www.youtub...ZhCt5PVA
ScooterG
1 / 5 (1) Sep 16, 2012
From what I have seen of most American Students, they aren't proficient in anything except getting drunk and taking drugs.


You are waaaay wrong. Just like their parents, they are highly skilled at capitalizing on the governmental sugar-tit. Anymore, there is no special skillset required for a cushy life in America.