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Tampa Bay Writing Project Helps School Improve Scores

Publication: St. Petersburg Times
Date: May 1, 2009

Summary: After partnering with the Tampa Bay Writing Project, Richey Elementary went from one of the county's lowest-performing schools in writing to scoring above grade level on this year's state writing exam.


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Richey underwent a "total transformation" in its attention to writing since it bottomed out four years ago.

The school partnered with the Tampa Bay Writing Project and worked to get its teachers to believe they can teach writing well. It began writing groups and clubs, showed students the best examples of well-written literature educators could find, and promoted students' confidence in their skills.

"It is not a formula any more," Yerkey said. "It's a total process that we have done."

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