Writing is essential for students’ success in school and later life. Writing is key to children’s overall literacy development, and has a strong connection to reading. Children must use writing to communicate what they are learning in school, and can promote critical thinking skills. Many children struggle to become proficient in writing. Fortunately, early identification of writing difficulties, along with research-based instruction and intervention, can prevent long-term negative consequences of writing failure for many children.
Students nationally lag in reading skills
- By Grade 8, only 27% of children are above Proficient; 20% perform Below Basic levels
- By Grade 12, only 27% of children are above Proficient; 21% perform Below Basic levels
Results from the early writing project
Preliminary data indicate, when teachers implement DBI in early writing, their students show promising early writing outcomes compared to controls (students whose teachers did not implement DBI).