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National Writing Project Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant

Through a grant from the Spencer Foundation, the National Writing Project (NWP) is developing the Civically Engaged Writing Analysis Continuum (CEWAC), a writing rubric that assesses youth's ability to engage in argument, critique and use evidence, enter productive civic conversations, and take action both in and out of school. More ›


Research Reports

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

This survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, conducted by the Pew Internet Project in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, finds that teens' research habits are changing in the digital age. Generally positive impacts are overshadowed by the way technology is increasing short attention spans and causing overreliance on search engines. More ›

What Works Clearinghouse Confirms Pathway Project Report

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), was created to be a central source of scientific evidence for what works in education. The study "found, and the WWC confirmed, a statistically significant positive effect of the Pathway Project intervention on student outcomes in the spring of the implementation year in the English language development domain." The Pathway Project study was conducted by UC Irvine Writing Project Director Carol Booth Olson, Robert Land, and others. More ›

National Writing Project Offers High-Quality Writing Assessment Services

Over the past 8 years, the National Writing Project created and refined the Analytic Writing Continuum (AWC) Assessment System, originally based on the framework of the Six +1 Trait Writing Model (Bellamy, 2005), for research and instructional purposes. Unlike the holistic scores used in most large-scale writing assessments, which offer limited information about how improvements in student writing may be achieved, the AWC provides accurate assessment of both holistic and important performance attributes of writing. More ›

Assessment in a Culture of Inquiry: The Story of the National Writing Project's Analytic Writing Continuum

Assessment and education are often inextricably linked, so why is it that teachers usually find themselves without a voice when it comes to discussing what goes into the former? Sherry Swain, Senior Research Associate with the National Writing Project, and Paul LeMahieu, Vice President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, study the results of the NWP's Analytic Writing Continuum, which offered an opportunity to explore the potential of assessment beyond a standard. More ›

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NWP's Reach

The Power of the NWP as it Makes an Evolutionary Leap Forward—An Evaluator's Perspective

This slide presentation includes an overview of data showing the NWP's cumulative leadership development and work accomplished over more than 35 years. It focuses on why the NWP is so strong and well positioned as it makes an evolutionary leap into a more uncertain funding environment: it is a true networked organization. More ›

The Enduring Quality and Value of the National Writing Project's Teacher Development Institutes

This report presents results from the 2009 Summer Institute survey and Spring 2010 follow-up survey. The results reflect NWP participants' perspectives on the quality and value of NWP institutes and follow-up programs, as well as the impact of those programs on their classroom practices and development as leaders. More ›

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