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National Writing Project Responds to Writing Next Report

Reinforces Importance of Writing in America's Schools

For Immediate Release


BERKELEY, CA, October 26, 2006 – The National Writing Project (NWP) applauds the new report, Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School, commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and released by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Authors Steve Graham and Dolores Perin clearly recognize the writing crisis in America's schools, and they provide vital recommendations from their meta-analysis of research studies.

The timing of this report is of particular interest. Reports in 2003, 2004, and 2005 by the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges brought the importance of writing to the forefront of our public policy debate on education. Now we have momentum building––learning to write well is an absolute necessity––and at the same time, we have a high level of agreement on what needs to be done.

For example, research by the National Writing Project, cited in Writing Next, shows a high correlation between teacher quality and student achievement. Professional development is widely regarded as key to teacher quality. Similarly, writing across the content areas is now making its mark as a primary tool for student learning. The research community, the National Commission on Writing, and the National Writing Project agree that when students are given opportunities to write throughout the day, they sharpen their writing, their reading, and their learning, leading to higher achievement levels in courses across the curriculum.

These kinds of agreement allow us to move forward with knowledge and confidence. Writing is essential in all walks of life: in school, in business, in law, in politics, in art, in social services, and in social action. The National Writing Project is encouraged by Writing Next and its recognition that writing, along with reading, science, and mathematics, is critical to the success of all students.

For more, read the complete report, Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School (PDF).


The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of educators working together to strengthen writing instruction in America's schools. Independent evaluation finds that students in the classrooms of NWP teachers make significant gains in writing achievement.

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