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Persuasive Writing Ability Key for College, Career Readiness, Teachers Say

Both English and mathematics teachers are more likely to rate the ability to write clearly and persuasively higher than mathematical ability as absolutely essential or very important for college and career readiness.

This is one of the key findings in a report “MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers” that was released earlier this month.

Seventy-five percent of middle and high school students now say it’s very likely that they’ll attend college, and teachers predict that 37 percent of their students will need remedial coursework to prepare for college, according to the authors.

The survey is further evidence of the need to help strengthen students’ writing skills.

Merit?s College Prep Software has a long track record of working with secondary schools and colleges to help improve student writing skills.