by Kim Taylor
When I’m asked what skills are most important for a potential new hire, my answer will almost always include the ability to write well (not good, by the way) and resourcefulness. Written communication isn’t only important for our business, it’s important in every business.
Written communication is the clear expression of ideas in writing, including the use of proper grammar, organization of thoughts and sentence structure.
Simple, right? Not if you look at the results from 2012’s FCAT writing scores.
“The 2012 scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam were significantly lower than last year’s marks. The percentage of fourth graders scoring acceptably — earning a 4 or better on the 6-point scale — dropped from 81 percent to 27 percent, for example.” (Source: OrlandoSentinel.com)
The solution: lowering the grading scale until adjustments can be made. But, don’t worry; this year’s tougher grading was only due to a greater “focus on spelling, grammar and good details,” which had been graded with “leniency” in previous years.
Perhaps it’s a leap to judge the quality of a fourth grader’s writing and fear that it won’t be corrected by the time they’re ready to enter the workforce, but if they don’t learn to write in school, where will they learn to write?