According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 73 percent of Michigan 8th graders were not proficient in writing - statistically the same as the last test in 2002. Meanwhile, there is a move afoot in Michigan to strip out essays and short answers in the MEAP and MERIT tests because of cost concerns.
None of this portends well for Michigan or the nation. Effective communication - including old fashioned reading and writing, is essential to America's ability to function as a free republic. An uninformed public - and a public that is unable to effectively write - is in peril.
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