We have a fairly stringent set of outcomes that students are to meet in Writing 1, and invariably my curiosity gets to me. I have a low stakes writing assignment I offer on the first day that subtly (oh, probably not) tests students about these outcomes.
Generally it's a sad day, like it was today when I ran it on the first of my Writing 2 classes. After reading through a set of 25 assignments, I find that only 10 of my students really know some of these chief outcomes; some just skipped parts of the assignment asking them to do fairly normal things like in-text citations, etc.
I can't even say 10 of them wrote anything that would qualify as a real thesis statement.
I know I can't teach every Writing 1 student, and perhaps my own students are running willy-nilly into other Writing 2 instructors having forgotten 16 weeks of work.
But, I am baffled, nonetheless, and that is, after all, my thing.