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Program helps teachers improve student writing

A recent evaluation of the Ohio Writing Project (OWP) provides clear evidence that the program is having a positive impact on the writing abilities of Ohio students, says Meg Jones, new co-director of the project.

School districts participating in this teacher-training program for 15 years or longer score a minimum of 15 percentage points higher than the minimum pass rate on the writing portion of the 9th-grade Ohio Proficiency Test.

Districts positively affected were not only the affluent high-achievers but some of the poorer urban and rural districts rated by the state as "academic watch" or "academic emergency," Jones says.

Teacher evaluations and district support have always been high for the OWP, according to Mary Fuller and Max Morenberg (both English), who have directed the program since 1980.

The project, which is supported by grants from the Ohio Board of Regents, assesses student writing at the high-school level, provides professional development for K-12 teachers and coordinates intervention strategies for at-risk students.

Date Published: 10/18/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 12


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