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What’s Not Wrong with All These Writing Conferences

For the past couple of years, I’ve worked in a college writing center.  I really like this job.  Students come to me with their papers, and we confer about their writing.  They think we’re working on the assignments, but my … Continue reading

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How to Prepare Students for the New ACT Writing Test

Those of us involved in helping students prepare for the ACT test should know about some significant changes in the writing portion that rolled out in September. ACT calls the changes “enhancements,” and that’s probably a pretty good word because … Continue reading

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What Does “College Ready” Really Mean?

Not long ago I finished the semester with a wonderful group of first-year college students. Most of them were fresh out of high school, but there were also a handful of students with some other life experiences. I’m proud of … Continue reading

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Hey, Illinois! Where’s the Writing?

In Illinois the 11th grade No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reporting is based on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), a standardized test regimen comprised of the ACT college admission test and a bit of weirdness called WorkKeys. Scores on … Continue reading

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