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New IES Publication: "Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively"

The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released the 2017 publication Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively. The publication is intended to provide educators with the best available evidence and expertise for teaching students in grades 6-12 to write effectively. 

Starting with an extensive literature review of 3200 citations, 1995 through 2005, which were identified as literature related to secondary writing instruction, research staff added 300 additional studies not included in the original search, then used the What Works Clearinghouse design standards to screen the 3,500 studies for relevance according to specific eligibility criteria. Excluded were studies that did not include populations of interest, measure relevant outcomes, or assessment of replicable practices for teaching secondary writing.

From a narrowed selection of 55 studies, 15 were judged to meet the WWC's design standards. Professor Carol Booth Olson's Pathway Project study was one of the 15. Professor Olson also was one of the six expert panel members selected to guide development of the publication.

Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively is available online for download from IES: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/22