New York comes in 13th in grammar and writing skills
NoRedInk has published its 2017 Grammar and Writing Year in Review:
9 national fun facts:
Washington is the best state in the nation at distinguishing facts from opinions, just edging out Connecticut.
North Dakota is the best state in the nation at “their,” “they’re,” and “there,” just edging out Delaware.
Only 30 percent of students can identify the subject of a sentence.
51 percent of students can detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
52 percent of students can tell whether a piece of reasoning logically connects claims and evidence.
39 percent of students know how to pluralize a proper nouns that ends in -s or -z. (Joneses, Alvarezes).
Only 1 in 3 students can identify wordy, unnecessary, and redundant language.
53 percent of students know to capitalize the names of political groups and parties.
Using commas to interrupt a sentence with transition words (like “however” and “therefore”) is one of the hardest comma rules for students. 36 percent can do this correctly.
New York specific:
New York ranked 13 in the nation overall. The state’s grammar and writing “superpower” is “Who vs. Whom.”
New York's students lead the nation in using who vs. whom.
New York is second best at differentiating between “into” and “in to.”
Fewer than 40 percent of students in New York can cite evidence correctly.
Only 14 percent of New Yorkers can convert sentences from the passive voice into the active voice. (46th in the country.)
Only 36 percent of New York students can recognize when evidence is not factual, not credible, or irrelevant
Top usage errors nationally and NoRedInk examples:
1. Lay vs. Lie Tom Brady had to lie lay his trombone on the couch so he could chase after his runaway hamster.
2. Discreet vs. Discrete Justin Bieber tried to be discrete discreet when he sneaked into the cupboard to find snacks.
3. Anyway vs. Anyways The striped shirt and polka-dotted pants didn't really go together, but Kanye West decided to wear them anyways anyway.
4. Among vs. Between Bart Simpson had a hard time choosing among between two delicious types of cupcakes, so he decided to order them both.
5. Prejudice vs. Prejudiced Steph Curry told the 3-year-old boy not to grow up prejudice prejudiced like the others in the neighborhood.
6. Everyday vs. Every day Jennifer Lawrence wants to learn to teleport so she won't have to drive to work everyday every day.
7. Number vs. Amount The amount number of model airplanes that Luke Skywalker has built is impressive.
8. Farther vs. Further Bradley Cooper moved the Xbox further farther away from his bed, but he still couldn’t stop staring at it.
9. Altogether vs. All together Mindy Kaling put the socks altogether all together on the living room table and hoped someone else would fold them.
10. Fewer vs. Less The baby had less fewer teeth than Harry Potter.