Cohort 4 Model Demonstration Projects
Tiered Approaches for Improving the Writing Proficiency of High School Students
In January 2010, OSEP funded the fourth cohort of Model Demonstration Projects. Cohort 4 consisted of two projects focusing on tiered approaches to improving the writing proficiency of high school students.
Features of these models include the following:
Universal screening to assess students’ writing proficiencies
Evidence-based core instruction on writing proficiencies and the application and transfer of skills across academic content areas
Use of data to monitor students’ progress and make instructional decisions
Interventions at different levels of intensity for students who do not make adequate progress.
Cohort 4 projects provided professional development and ongoing coaching to help instructional staff deliver high-quality core instruction, used data to understand students’ strengths and weaknesses, adjusted core instruction based on students’ needs, and identified students who needed additional support.
Cohort 4 models were launched in 2010 and concluded in 2013.