Wednesday, April 16, 2008

'Technology helps boost students' writing skills

Students' writing skills were in the spotlight in early April, as a new report suggested that an increasing number of U.S. students understand the basics of writing. And one of several possible reasons for this trend could be the growing use of writing software tools among educators.

Results from the latest writing test administered as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, show that average writing scores were slightly higher in 2007 than in previous writing assessments in 1998 and 2002. Though the percentage of students performing at or above the basic achievement level also increased since 2002, the percentage of students who met the "proficient" level did not.

The test was given to eighth- and 12th-graders nationwide last year. Students had to demonstrate narrative, informative, and persuasive writing skills.

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