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NWP's College-Ready Writers Program Shown to Benefit Students and Teachers in Independent Research Study

Publication: SRI Blog
Date: March 28, 2016

Summary: SRI Education researchers conducted a two-year study of 12 National Writing sites providing professional development for teachers in 22 high-poverty rural school districts across 10 states through the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP). The study found that CWRP has positive effects on both teacher practices and a validated measure of students' argument writing.

 

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The positive results of this study are significant because previous research on the impact of teacher professional development on student achievement has yielded mixed results.

What sets CRWP apart from other professional development programs is that it consists of three interconnected components that support teachers to make changes in instruction quickly and effectively: Intensive professional development, with supports for implementing new practices in the classroom. Educator-developed curriculum resources that focus on essential skills in argument writing. Formative assessment tools that enable teachers to analyze students' skills and plan for additional instruction."

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