Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to U.S. Students’ Writing Scores Released Today by U.S. Department of Education
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that 69 percent of the nation’s eighth graders have less than proficient scores in writing, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, released today by the U.S. Department of Education:
“While nationally there were some gains from past years, today’s test results in writing are another call to Congress to help high schools. Of the students entering high school, 69 percent are writing below grade level, which means they don’t have the writing skills they need to succeed. With employers looking at the ability to write well as essential for any job candidate, our high schools need to do more to make sure students are adequately prepared for the demands of the twenty-first century workplace.
“Congress can and must help this year by making sure resources and programs are available to ensure that every student is given every chance to gain skills and knowledge to succeed.”
Gov. Wise’s recorded comments are available to download for media use at https://all4ed.org/files/National_NAEP08.mp3
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
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