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NWP Model Accepted for Latest School Reform Catalog

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 1
Date: January-February 2003

Summary: The NWP has been included in the new online Catalog of School Reform Models, a resource that supports the federally funded Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration...

 

Following a rigorous review process, the National Writing Project has been included in the new online Catalog of School Reform Models, a resource that supports the federally funded program commonly referred to as CSRD, or the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration.

The catalog is used by schools that receive CSRD funding to help them find a reform model that meets the needs of their school. The reform "provider" is expected to work closely with the school to help it carry out its school reform plans. The writing project was accepted after meeting criteria that include evidence of effectiveness in improving student academic achievement, extent of replication, implementation assistance provided to schools, and comprehensiveness.

The Catalog of School Reform Models, available online at www.nwrel.org/scpd/catalog/index.html, provides descriptions of 26 whole-school models in addition to 10 reading/language arts models, including the NWP. Each entry analyzes, among other elements, the model's general approach, results with students, implementation assistance, and costs. Demographic data and contact information for at least four sample sites are also included under each model.

As of last spring, writing project sites in 13 states were working in CSRD partnerships with 33 schools. More than 1,800 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs received grants as part of the original 1998 cohort. An additional 1,000 schools were funded through the fiscal year 2000 funding increase. A third group of about 2,500 schools received funding made available to states in July 2001. Congress has increased the program's appropriation by $50 million to $310 million for fiscal year 2002.

To read more about the federally funded program, visit the Comprehensive School Reform website at http://www.ed.gov/programs/compreform/index.html.

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