By middle school, most teachers expect students to know how to write.
And yet, many children aren’t prepared.
A majority of students lack essential writing skills, such as how to properly structure a sentence and how to correctly use grammar. In fact, by eighth grade, only one in four students is a proficient or advanced writer.
Elementary schools are juggling many priorities and only have so many minutes in a day. (We get it!) In recent years, helping students develop these strategic writing skills seems to have taken a back seat to other priorities.
And with the added stress of not knowing what school will actually look like this fall, the focus on writing will likely continue to diminish.
Even though we all need a break from “school at home,” it’s important to keep learning in the summer, and what better time to focus on developing important writing skills?
Focusing on writing skills now can make a big impact on your child’s success and happiness later — both in school and in 21st century careers.
Here’s why it’s so important to be proactive with your child’s writing skills.
Written communication skills are VALUED
21st century skills among employers
- 86% – The number of corporate recruiters who say strong communication skills are a top priority for hiring
- +$$$$ – Employees with better writing skills tend to earn more money (particularly in fields like engineering & manufacturing, finance & management, legal, and sales & marketing)
- 79% – The number of organizations that have identified communication skills as a priority for employee development and succession planning
- 72% – Number of HR managers and other executives who say written communications skills are “very important” for job success
Unfortunately, there’s a significant skill gap between what employers expect … and what they’re getting
- 81% – Number of employers who say their recent high school hires have a skill gap in written communications
- 59% – Number of employers who say their recent college hires do not have proficient oral/written communication skills
This skill gap starts back in grade school
- 3% – Number of 8th graders who demonstrate advanced writing skills
- 3% – Number of 12th graders who demonstrate advanced writing skills
- 24% – Number of 8th graders who demonstrate proficient writing skills, meaning solid performance
- 24% – Number of 12th graders who demonstrate proficient writing skills, meaning solid performance
- 74% – Number of 8th graders who demonstrate basic or below basic writing skills (as in, they have partial to no understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish the purpose of writing)
- 73% – Number of 12th graders who only demonstrate basic or below basic writing skills (as in, they have partial to no understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish the purpose of writing)
Whether you want to give your child a competitive edge or you simply want to help your child avoid unnecessary struggle …
You can put your child on the right path with a summer at Sylvan!
Investing in a Sylvan writing program can help your child:
- Develop the communication and critical thinking skills needed to excel in grade school, college and a range of careers
- Score higher on tests
- Bring home better grades
- Hear much-needed praise from a tough teacher
- Feel smarter and more self-assured as tricky concepts finally click
- Stop butting heads with you every night over school writing assignments (yes!)
- Discover the joy can come from effectively expressing one’s self through written words (Psst! Sign in to Sylvan Nation, or join for FREE today, to find fun writing activities to inspire your child!)
- Build perseverance (no more giving up after 10 minutes!)
- Make smarter use of time
And that’s just the beginning.