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Preparing High Schoolers for College Writing Success—Pt 4 (A Sociocultural Model of Writing)

A Sociocultural Model A general disconnect between high school and college instruction is well documented.[1] According to a six-year national study on college readiness from Stanford University, “coursework between high school and college is not connected;...

Preparing High Schoolers for College Writing Success—Pt 3 (Authentic Composition)

Authentic Composition First, students need practice with extended, source-based composition. As shown above, an abundance of research indicates that most student writing prior to college is not rigorous enough to prepare them for the demands of college-level academic...

Preparing High Schoolers for College Writing Success—Pt 2 (What is College-Ready Writing?)

College-Ready Writing There is no universal standard of college-ready writing, in part because there are such wide differences in the academic demands of postsecondary institutions, from open-access community colleges to highly selective universities (Marlink &...

Preparing High Schoolers for College Writing Success—Pt 1 (Introduction)

Introduction Too many students find that the kind of writing they were asked to do in high school does not resemble the writing required of them in college. Their high school classes mostly assigned short answer responses, not full-length essays. If they got a chance...
The School Choice Paradox: Competition vs. Monopoly

The School Choice Paradox: Competition vs. Monopoly

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently released a list of proposed priorities for her department’s competitive grants program. Number one is “Empowering Families to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Child’s Unique Needs.” In...

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When Is School Choice a Bad Choice?

When Is School Choice a Bad Choice?

With Betsy DeVos as head of the Department of Education, it is a sure bet that school choice initiatives will be at the top of national school reform efforts in the coming years. DeVos, a longtime  advocate for alternatives to traditional...

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