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Independent Study of National Writing Project Shown to Benefit Both Teachers and Students

Publication: Education Week
Date: March 22, 2016

Summary: The College-Ready Writers Program evaluation is one of the largest and most rigorous studies about teacher professional development to find evidence of impact on both teachers' instructional practice and student writing.


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Completed as part of a federal Investing in Innovation validation grant, the experiment looked at NWP's College-Ready Writers Program, which aims to improve students' ability to write arguments based on what they've read. Fourty-four rural districts were randomly assigned to either receive the program's professional development or continue with whatever their district or state would normally provide for support.

The study, conducted by SRI International, found positive, statistically significant effects on the content, structure, and stance (or tone) of students' argument writing.

'This kind of finding that it impacts teacher instruction and student learning is relatively rare in experimental studies,' said H. Alix Gallagher, the associate director of the Center for Education Policy at SRI Education and a principal investigator for the study."

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