The Clarendon Scott’s Branch Middle-High School Success Story
Clarendon Scott’s Branch Middle-High is the site of the first action research data that established the W2Win Working Portfolio as a student-friendly, structured instructional tool for accelerating student growth in mastery of in-class essays writing. For more than two decades teachers have testified that the Working Portfolios “let students see their writing grow over the production of three essays and the revision, proofreading and final evaluation of one. Thanks to the teachers at Scott’s Branch MHS, the classroom action data supports what ELA teachers have thought all along. In six short weeks, 57 9th graders moved from 2% of them exceed standard expectations on First Draft #1 to 39% on the evaluation of the final draft with the South Carolina state rubric. At the same time, the number of 9th graders who did not meet expectations decreased from 57% for First Draft #1 to 0 in the final draft. We celebrate with this contribution Clarendon School District #1 has made to our knowledge about the teaching of writing using the Working Portfolio of the Writing to Win STRUCTURES routine.
The Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy Success Story
Kindergarten students at Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy meet writing (Writing to Win) on day one of school. With guidance from Ms. Crawford and Ms. Graham, these students work through the writing process on a bi-weekly basis. These young men are not only experiencing the writing process, but multiple foundational reading skills as well. Students begin to compose group stories that are teacher-led and quickly move to independent writing. It isn’t long into the school year before over 50% of the class is able to write 3 sentences specific to a topic. These practices far exceed typical writing standards prescribed by the state. Their group stories show evidence of Prewriting, Drafting, Revising and Publishing, the same of which is expected on the 3rd and 5th grade writing assessments. With the strategic blend of reading and writing skills, these kindergarten students are well on their way to becoming fluent readers and writers.
The Dougherty County Comprehensive High School Success Story
The pass-rate for first-time test takers on the high-risk graduation test in writing reached a record high of 92% this year, up 20% from the previous year. Literacy Coach, Mrs. LaToyia Jackson, explains. “It’s the rigor of Writing to Win that supports students while it holds them accountable. The simple vocabulary ofvoice (style), pictures (ideas) and flow (
The Canby Lane Primary – Elementary School Story
Towards implementing Writing to Win routines deeply
In implementing Writing to Win UNDERSTANDINGS, 24 classroom teachers at Canby Lane Elementary School (grades K-5) saw a significant rise in student performance on all state criterion-referenced tests, grades 1-5. The gap between the performance of general education students and students with special needs (SN) closed significantly. The example of math scores demonstrates this fact. Second-grade students saw their pass-rate move from 63% as first graders to 88% as second graders. Third-grader posted an 89% pass-rate, up 52% from their second-grade scores. The third grade scores also showed how the scores of a grade level with a high percent of SN students closed the performance gap. Fourth and fifth-grade math scores rose 34% and 27% respectively. The school, which placed 70th among 84 elementary schools in its district on math scores, moved to 32nd in a single year. There will be more good news to come.