Evaluation of College-Ready Writers Program-SEED

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Evaluation of College-Ready Writers Program-SEED

SRI is using a within-teacher randomized controlled trial to evaluate a 1-year version of the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP).

The ability to write well-reasoned, well-supported arguments is a key skill for success in college, career, and civic society. Yet most students in U.S. secondary schools lack proficiency in argument writing. The National Writing Project developed the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) to support teachers in teaching source-based argument writing. The goal of the program is to improve students’ ability to develop effective written arguments using information from nonfiction texts. CRWP provides teachers with professional development and  mini-units to support instruction on argument writing, and a formative assessment tool to help them plan instruction based on data about their students’ argument writing skills.

SRI recently completed a randomized controlled trial of a 2-year version of CRWP funded by the U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) program. SRI found positive impacts of CRWP on teachers’ instructional practice and students’ argument writing.

Now, in the Evaluation of CRWP-SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development), SRI is using a within-teacher randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a 1-year version of CRWP in approximately 50 grade 7 and 8 classrooms in rural and urban communities in five states. Mixed-methods data collection will include records of professional development, teacher logs, student writing, and phone interviews to describe program implementation and impacts on teacher instruction and student writing.