Good writing skills are essential for success in school and work, and yet far too many high school students are unable to write a simple sentence. The inability to master basic writing skills is an important contributing factor in the nearly 50% of black and Latino students who do not graduate high school nationwide. Without a serious effort to improve the writing skills of our children, they face a certain future of low-end jobs and hopelessness, and the future well being or our economy and communities will be at risk.
Writing Matters is our high school writing program that brings together students, employers and the community to help students improve their writing skills, and help them understand why writing is important to their future.
In Oregon, too many students entering high school are not meeting writing benchmarks and will continue to lose ground unless they are helped.
The program promotes the importance of writing in the workplace and life, celebrates and publishes student writing, and connects students with writing mentors in the community. Students are exposed to a wide range of writing styles and get practical experience writing essays, business letters, resumes, and newsletter articles. Student work is celebrated and published in local school and community publications.
Visit our community link to read more about how Newberg High School is implementing Writing Matters in its first year.