Education Report Roundup

Students’ Writing Said Low Priority

April 20, 2007 1 min read

The ability to write is an increasingly important skill that needs to be given a higher priority in middle and high schools, says a policy brief by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The Washington-based organization calls for more writing instruction in the classroom, a more creative and flexible writing curriculum, and more federal funding for literacy programs.

The brief also advocates increasing federal support for the Berkeley, Calif.-based National Writing Project, a professional-development network for teachers that is designed to improve the writing skills of students in the United States.

“Making Writing Instruction a Priority in America’s Middle and High Schools” is available from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2007 edition of Education Week