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The National Writing Project-Client Satisfaction and Program Impact: Results from a Satisfaction Survey and Follow-up Survey of Participants at 2003 Invitational Institutes


Kathleen Dickey, Judy Hirabayashi, Allison Murray, Mark St. John, Laura Stokes, and assistance of Laurie Senauke, Inverness Research Inc.


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 2003 from every NWP site in the nation responded to two surveys. The first survey measured the quality and potential value of the institutes. The second survey assessed the impact of the institutes on teachers’ classroom practices nine months later.

The results indicate that NWP institutes are of very high quality and lead to improved teaching, including increased use of classroom practices that are correlated with higher achievement on the writing assessment of the 2002 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or the Nation’s Report Card.

Intended Audience

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


Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research Associates

Date published

December 2004

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