ERIC Number: ED450108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Writing Instruction in Kentucky Schools: Evaluation of the Facilitator Training in the School Study of Writing Instruction.
Parrish, Paige; Keyes, Marian; Cowley, Kimberly S.
One mandate of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 is that students develop a writing portfolio. The Kentucky Department of Education and AEL, Inc., collaborated to help schools discern areas for improvement in their writing programs, then developed a needs assessment process instrument, the School Study of Writing Instruction (SSWI). This report summarizes evaluative data collected from participants in 1999 at sessions to train them as potential facilitators for schools interested in conducting a SSWI, a process in the form of a handbook which lets schools compare different perspectives about the writing portfolio program. Data from interviews, reports, and evaluation forms indicate that participants considered the SSWI a well-designed, research-based, self-explanatory tool that schools could use in improvement efforts targeting writing instruction. They seemed pleased with the potential benefits of the process and felt the handbook had great utility for consolidation planning and needs assessment. The training sessions were well-received and successfully accomplished their purpose of introducing the research findings and study process, preparing participants to promote use of the SSWI in schools, and instructing participants in required tasks. Appended are a training agenda, evaluation forms, and a completed evaluation standards checklist. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
AEL, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348; Tel: 304-347-0400 or 800-624-9120; Fax: 304-347-0487; Email: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ael.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990