Project: National Writing Project, U. S. Department of Education

Authors: Kathleen Dickey, Judy Hirabayashi, Allison Murray, Mark St. John, Laura Stokes

With assistance of: Laurie Senauke

Type: Report

Publication: December 2006

The National Writing Project-Client Satisfaction and Program Impact: Results from a Satisfaction Survey and Follow-up Survey of Participants at 2005 Invitational Institutes (pdf, 29 pages)


This report presents results of a nation-wide study of the National Writing Project carried out at the behest of the U.S. Department of Education. The study assesses NWP Invitational Institute participants’ satisfaction with their professional development experiences, and also assesses the impact of the NWP on their classroom practices.

Invitational Institute participants in summer 2005 from every NWP site in the nation responded to two surveys. The first survey measured the quality and potential value of the institutes. This same survey has been administered to institute participants for seven consecutive years, 1999-2005. Consistently across all years, 95-98% of participants have rated the institute as being of very high quality and value.

The second survey assessed the impact of the institutes on teachers’ classroom practices nine months later in spring 2006. The results indicate that NWP institutes lead to improved teaching, including increased use of classroom practices that are correlated with higher achievement on the writing and reading assessments of the 2002 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the Nation’s Report Card.

Intended Audience

The National Writing Project, Federal and state policy makers, Funders, Educators, Teachers, and general public.


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