According to the article, “Only 27 percent of students in both grades tested scored at or above the proficient level. The data also reveal some persistent achievement gaps. For instance, at the 12th grade level, 9 percent of black students and 12 percent of Latinos scored proficient or above, compared with 34 percent of white students.” In the eighth grade, girls outperformed boys, with 37% of girls reaching the proficiency level, as opposed to 18% of boys.
These statistics are troubling at best. Rather than being consigned only to language arts classes, grammar and composition need to be integral parts of each discipline. Teachers across the board from elementary through high school level need to model good written and oral expression. Being able to produce coherent, well written prose is a critical skill for life.