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Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald


English language--Writing--Study and teaching (Secondary)


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


This report describes the process used, for an urban high school with a student population of approximately 1,250 students, to investigate the existing writing programs offered to students. The preliminary research indicated a 10% decline in the number of students who pass the writing component of the New Jersey High School Proficiency Test.

Proposed preliminary investigation strategies include (a) interviews with writing teachers, regular English teachers, and teachers in other academic disciplines; (b) a review of documents such as district writing test results, courses of study, individual student writing reports, and grade point averages and English course grades; (c) observations of writing instruction; (d) surveys of students to assess their attitudes toward writing instruction along with the amount and required types of writing assignments; and (e) a continued review of the research and literature on writing instruction and related fields of study.

In response to the information acquired during the preliminary investigation an intervention strategy may be proposed to improve, modify, or expand the writing programs offered at Millville Senior High School.