Tuesday, April 8, 2008

U.S. Student Writing Gets a Bit Better

CHICAGO -- American students are slowly getting better at crafting sentences and using the written word to persuade and explain.

That's the good news in the latest results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), which recently released its 2007 writing results, the first time eighth- and 12th-graders were tested in the subject since 2002.

There's little change at the top: the portion of students reaching NAEP's "proficient" level in the test didn't change in either grade. But both grades saw significant jumps in the percentage scoring at the "basic" level - a particular achievement for 12th-graders, who as a group have stagnated in other subjects.

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