Sunday, September 30, 2012

Just a quarter of students deemed proficient on national writing exam - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief


  • Only about 25% of the eighth- and 12th-graders taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress writing assessment last year scored at the proficient level or higher. Students took the exam, known as the nation's report card, on laptops as part of a new format that requires answering questions and essay writing. Students also were evaluated based on how often they used editing tools, such as spell-check and copy-and-paste functions, so students with experience doing assignments on computers performed better on the test. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (9/14)

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