P21 National Summit-A questioner of panel #2 raised the issue of American students’ impoverished writing skills. He made the point that writing well is a key component of achieving in a wide range of skills. He didn’t point out that P21′s agenda doesn’t stress writing in any way, but we’ve certainly noticed it. Linda Darling-Hammond points out that students’ writing skills started going down after America embraced multiple choice tests in the 80s. In our recent report “Why We’re Behind,” we recently found–and Darling-Hammond pointed to this, too–that many high-performing nations that have national tests utilize writing and long essay questions extensively. Does any of the states’ tests under NCLB do the same? We think not.