Research and Data

By using The Write Connection, these schools have implemented strategies that have proven to increase student achievement despite their socioeconomic status and ethnicity. To understand the data, at the time, the goal was a test score of 800. Below is their data. 

Laurel Avenue Elementary, Compton Unified School District

         2010-11 API is 927. Program was implemented in 2006.

         77% Hispanic, 20% African American - 99% on free or reduced lunch

Synergy Charter Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District

          2010-11 API is 887. Program was implemented in 2005.

          86% Hispanic, 11% African American - 84% on free or reduced lunch

          Winner of the following awards:

          2010 National Blue Ribbon Award - U.S. Dept. of Ed.

          2008-2009 Title I Academic Achievement Award - California

          Department of Education (CDE)

          2008 California Charter School of the Year - California Charter School Association

          2008 California Distinguished School - CDE

Charles Bursch Elementary, Compton Unified School District

          2010-11 API is 883. Program was implemented in 2005.

          Named a California Distinguished School in 2009.

          70% Hispanic, 29% African American - 97% on free or reduced lunch

Francis Willard Elementary, Compton Unified School District

          2010-11 API is 811. They gained 141 points in their API the first year of implementation in 2010.

          87% Hispanic, 12% African American - 94% on free or reduced lunch

Since the program implements so many strategies, we have narrowed down a list of some of them that have made a dramatic impact in schools.

 

The Write Connection's success is mainly due to:

- student enthusiasm

- non-fiction writing

- continuous re-teaching

- differentiated instruction

- ease of implementation

 

These successes are due to the critical thinking, reasoning, and analysis skills that students develop while learning how to write. Research has proven that as non-fiction writing increases so does academic achievement in all subject areas.

The combination of these skills opens a natural gateway to literacy enabling all students despite their ethnicity, socioeconomics, and language skills to reach their full academic potential.

Teaching Strategies

By using The Write Connection, teachers will be implementing best research proven teaching strategies such as:

 

  • Whole and small group instruction

  • Collaborative and cooperative learning

  • Peer tutoring

  • Immediate feedback

  • Reinforcing previously learned skills

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Student enthusiasm

  • Learning skills in context

  • Clear and concise instruction

  • Incorporates all learning modes: visual, kinesthetic, linguistic, and auditory

  • Non-fiction writing