The need for explicit writing instruction is critical.
In the United States, only 27% of 8th and 12th graders perform at grade level in writing.
The results are even more staggering for low-income students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners, who often enter elementary school with fewer pre-literacy skills than their peers.
Educational standards require students to write more in all subjects, but teachers are often not adequately prepared to teach writing.
These deficits lead to academic failure, millions of dollars wasted in college writing remediation courses, and barriers to successful employment.