Clear and effective communication skills, including writing skills, are among the most-desired job skills articulated by employers seeking qualified job candidates. But what happens when college graduates write at a middle school level?

The importance of developing strong writing skills, and a noticeable decline in those skills, are not new issues. For more than a decade, studies have observed that students are deficient in effective oral and written communication skills, they have documented companies' struggles to find job applicants with acceptable writing skills, and they have pointed out students' inability to score at proficient levels...

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura