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ERIC Number: EJ879590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Bridging the Gap between College and High School Teachers of Writing in an Online Assessment Community
Griffin, Merilee; Falberg, Amy; Krygier, Gigi
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n3 p295-304 Mar 2010
The 2006 Spellings Commission report, "A Test of Leadership," stated that substandard high school preparation is compounded by poor alignment between high schools and colleges, which often creates an "expectations gap" between what colleges require and what high schools produce. This gap results in an annual expenditure of roughly one billion dollars for remediation in reading, writing, and mathematics at the college level and puts many college students at risk of dropping out of college altogether. To address this problem, it was suggested that states must adopt high school curricula that prepare all students for participation in postsecondary education and should facilitate seamless integration between high school and college. Aligning curricula may appear to people outside education to be a simple task of stating outcomes clearly for each grade level and then lining them up in a reasonable hierarchy. To teachers of writing, however, it presents a murkier, more confusing problem. This article discusses how college and high school writing teachers benefited from participating in an online assessment activity which aims to build common understanding of standards. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A