National Writing Project

Improving Writing and Learning in the Nation’s Schools

Date: March 2011

Summary: NWP's latest brochure makes a case for devoting more attention to writing, and demonstrates through recent research results that the Writing Project has had a positive impact on teachers and students across the country.


Independent national scorings of student writing show that NWP students' improvement outpaces that of students in carefully constructed comparison groups. Consistently favorable results are particularly noteworthy for the quality of students' ideas, organization, voice, and use of conventions in their writing.

On top of that, an overwhelming majority of teachers report that in the school year following their participation in an NWP summer institute, they increased their use of teaching practices that support students' writing development. These teachers say the summer institutes made them better teachers of writing.

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