Preparing Students for the Future: A Roadmap to Improve Writing as a Key to Success
For almost 20 years, there has been relentless pressure in education policy discussions to regard scores on formal assessments as the most important indicator of a student’s (and teacher’s) achievement over primary and secondary education. This focus on testing has been paralleled by a steady rise in the expectations expressed in national content standards for both teachers and students. More students than ever before are expected to be ‘college-and-career ready’ at the end of secondary school. Both of the major college entrance examinations (ACT and SAT) include complex texts and evidence-based reasoning in both verbal and mathematics measures. Both of these assessments have benchmarked scores against the college and career readiness standards.