We conduct extensive surveys, both of teachers and students, to measure the effectiveness of the WITS program in each school we serve. We administer pre- and post-residency surveys of students and teachers, lead a teacher focus group, engage in classroom observations, and collect year-end reflective essays by the writers-in-residence as well as as-taught syllabi.
Our comprehensive suite of evaluation tools demonstrate that WITS improves students’ interest in writing, desire to write, and self-confidence, while also giving them ongoing, intensive hands-on exposure to the art and craft of writing.
Our recent survey results show that WITS works:
♦ 94% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that the quality of most of their students' writing improved as a result of working with the writer.
♦ 97% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that most of their students' interest in writing increased as a result of working with the writer.
♦ 97% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that most of their students' self-confidence increased as a result of working with the writer.
♦ Evaluation of pre- and post-residency writing samples revealed that student writing improved 16% on average after working with the WITS writer-in-residence—the equivalent of raising a C- (70%) to a solid B (86%).
“WITS has allowed a great number of our students to experience working with professional writers. Students have been inspired to write and have gained awareness and confidence in their unique voices. They have been empowered!”
–Rob Rose-Leigh, Washington Middle School
Click here to download our 2012-13 Evaluation Summary.