The impact of writing on student achievement

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jennifer W. Waring (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Advisor
Karen Wetherill

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of writing on student achievement. Administrators and educators are constantly looking for ways to increase student achievement, especially since the development of No Child Left Behind. An extensive literature review was conducted as the basis of this study. It showed that regardless of the content area, writing is a tool that can be used in a variety of ways to increase student understanding and learning of subject matter. Students experienced increases in the amount of writing they produced and the amount of writing instruction they were provided. Reading End-of-Grade Test results were compared between eighth graders for two different academic years to see the impact of writing on student achievement. It was found that the students who were subjected to the increase in writing and writing instruction in their language arts class scored higher on standardized test than those students from the previous year who did not received the treatment.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Academic achievement, Achievement motivation in children, Children--Writing--Ability testing, Language arts
Subjects
Achievement motivation in children
Academic achievement
Language arts
Children -- Writing -- Ability testing