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Evaluation of the College-Ready Writers Program

SRI's evaluation includes a four-year cluster randomized trial of professional development for 7th- through 10th-grade teachers on writing instruction.

SRI is investigating how professional development aligned with college- and career-ready standards affects writing instruction, and in turn student writing performance in 44 rural school districts throughout the United States. The project is funded by the National Writing Project through an Investing in Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

SRI is collecting longitudinal data in the form of

  • Surveys of about 1,000 English language arts (ELA), social studies/history, and science teachers
  • Weeklong instructional logs from more than 300 ELA teachers
  • Student writing prompts administered over two days to more than 20,000 students
  • Records of teacher participation in professional development on writing instruction

Additionally, SRI is collecting qualitative data through phone and onsite interviews with district leaders and teachers, as well as observation of professional development and classrooms.

This study will contribute to understanding of what districts can do to improve student writing and how to design effective teacher professional development.

Principal Investigator: H. Alix Gallagher
Co-Principal Investigator: Katrina Woodworth
Project Director: C.J. Park