In the 2009-2010 school year, the East Region administration of Houston ISD brought in Empowering Writers to improve student writing and test scores in 35 schools. Download the PDF of this case study to learn how the 18 low performing schools increased test scores by an average of 11.3% per school and how commended performance improved by an average 23.7% per schools across the board.
Although using Empowering Writers was against the district’s wishes, Cathy White, principal of the Massachusetts school, knew she was on to something when she saw her students’ writing. When the MCAS scores were released, Ms. White’s instincts proved correct. Hyman Fine students broke an 11 year run of stagnant scores with unprecedented marks on the state test by implementing Empowering Writers.
Most writing programs can identify general weaknesses in student writing, but lack the concrete strategies and lessons to foster meaningful improvement. Empowering Writers’ resources pinpoint the deficient skills and provide specific intervention strategies for correcting the weakness. Learn how these strategies improved the writing of this special ed student.
After just one year of implementing Empowering Writers, this elementary school was named one of the Top Five Writing Schools in the state of South Carolina by the SC Department of Education. Learn how teachers implemented Empowering Writers and improved student writing in this interview with Jeaneen Tucker, principal of Round Top ES.