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Why We Need a 21st Century Approach to Writing Instruction

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Why We Need a 21st Century Approach to Writing Instruction

Mya Dunlop

Academic Excellence.

That phrase encapsulates the independent school movement, represented in the successful enrollment of thousands of their graduates in the top universities of the world.  

Central to that achievement is developing students with a superior ability to write often, ethically and thoughtfully.

Unfortunately a study by the The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that most students are not achieving excellence in writing. Here’s their data on eighth-graders for example:

While attending an independent school offers a clear advantage, even at independent schools 60% of students fail to achieve more than a basic writing ability.


...at independent schools 60% of students fail to achieve
more than a basic writing ability.


Every assessment framework has to be evaluated critically. Writing does not lend itself to cookie cutter measurement.

Yet our discussions with the specialists, teachers, and leaders at the top independent schools in the US have reflected this challenge: many students struggle with writing, few regularly achieve excellence.

At MyloWrites, we are intimately familiar with that struggle. Our son Mylo created the first version of the app to help him overcome it, with a dream to helping kids who struggled like him.

What our journey has taught us it that schools often focus on the quality of the output of their students’ writing, but students are too frequently exhausted by the process.

MyloWrites is designed to walk students through their writing assignments so they can master the writing process and internalize it.

This means fewer delays in the classroom and more time working with teachers to improve their ability to express their ideas - the key to achieving writing excellence.

We’re looking for schools who are leading the pursuit of excellence in 21st century education. If this sounds like a goal your school is ready to focus on, we’d love to learn more about what you are doing and collaborate on bringing writing excellence to every student!