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Summary Report of National Research Results: Cohort II (2004-2005)

By: Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Richard Sterling, Judy Buchanan, Paul LeMahieu, Linda Friedrich
Date: 2006

Summary: This report describes the activities and results of the second year of the Local Site Research Initiative of the National Writing Project. Rigorous comparative studies from five NWP sites indicate positive effects on student writing based upon independent national scoring.

 

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In every one of the comparisons (seven scores and five sites, 35 contrasts in all), the results favor the students in classes of teachers participating in the NWP. That is, for every one of the measured attributes of writing and in every site, the improvement of students taught by NWP participating teachers exceeded that of students in classes whose teachers were not participants. Moreover, in 20 of the 35 contrasts (57%) the differences between NWP participants' students and comparison students were statistically significant. The results, taken across sites, indicate a consistent pattern favoring the NWP.

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