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Research Brief: Impact of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program on Teachers and Students
SRI’s two-year random assignment evaluation found consistent program implementation and positive impacts of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP). Despite the challenge of implementing a program in 22 districts across 10 states delivered by 12 Writing Project sites, CRWP was implemented with a high degree of fidelity to key program components. Teachers in CRWP districts took up the materials and approaches presented by the program, and as a result the writing instruction that students experienced in treatment districts was significantly different from that in control districts. Ultimately, CRWP had a positive, statistically significant effect on the four attributes of student argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions—measured by the National Writing Project’s Analytic Writing Continuum for Source-Based Argument. In particular, CRWP students demonstrated greater proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence in their writing.
Gallagher, H.A., Woodworth, K.R., and Arshan, N.A. (2015). Impact of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program on Teachers and Students. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.