OhioWINS prepares students for the rigors of college and workplace writing Magnitude of the problem Ohio finding solutions Professional development for teachers Positive results in the classroom
The Magnitude of the Problem “In 2001, colleges [nationally] required nearly one-third of first-year students to take remedial courses in reading, writing, or mathematics.” NCES, 2003
The Magnitude of the Problem In Ohio… 21% of incoming freshmen take remedial English courses. Ohio Board of Regents, 2006
The Magnitude of the Problem College instructors estimate that 50% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level English composition courses. ACT, 2005
High Cost of Remediation In Ohio… public colleges spent approximately $15 million teaching 260,000 credit hours of high-school level courses to freshmen in 2000; another $8.4 million was spent on older students. OBR, 2001
Student Costs “The cost of remediation for the 20,000 freshman in the state amounted to an additional $15 million in tuition. Remedial courses account for 3.6% of total undergraduate costs.” OBR, 2001
Difficulty of Earning a Degree • “Only 27% of students who took remedial courses earned an associate degree or higher within six years, compared to • “54% of students who did not take remedial courses.” • “Non-remedial students are three times as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree (47%) as remedial students (15%).” OBR, 2006
Likelihood for Reduced Earnings Weekly Earnings and EducationFourth Qtr. 2006 Less than a highschool diploma High school graduates,no college Some college orassociate degree College graduates,total Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2006" http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jan/wk5/art01.htm
What are students lacking? “… some [applicants] don't have a college education and lack the basic foundation for the business world: • basic business writing • communication • organizational skills.” Yolanda Garcia, project manager of security at Schlumberger Network Solutions, Houston
Ohio finding solutions to eliminate need for remediation • Ohio Core legislation • Fully preparing high school graduates to succeed in post-secondary opportunities • Completion of the Ohio Core curriculum impacts graduating class of 2011 • Ohio Writing Institute Network for Success (OhioWINS) • Preparing high school students for college and workplace writing • Created by the Ohio Board of Regents; funded by the State of Ohio
Success in higher education is an achievable goal by improving student skills OhioWINS was created to respond to Ohio's need to better prepare students to be proficient writers.
What is OhioWINS? • Brings college English department faculty together with K-12 teachers • Prepares students for the challenges of higher education and the workplace • Reduces the need for remedial English coursework in college
How does OhioWINS work? OhioWINS For teachers For students Summer Writing Institutes Website Resources Adult Workforce Education Instructional Content Assessment Professional Online courses
Summer Writing Institutes Summer Writing Institutes: Network for Success • Research-based professional development for teachers • Immersion into the • process of writing • teaching of writing • research base of writing
Toledo Tri-C YSU KSU Akron Wright State Miami Cincinnati Shawnee Summer Writing Institutes Eleven summer writing institute sites Cuyahoga Community College Kent State University Miami University The Ohio State University Ohio University Shawnee State University University of Akron University of Cincinnati University of Toledo Wright State University Youngstown State University OSU Ohio U.
Summer Writing Institutes Professional Development for Teachers Conducted by college English faculty to meet the professional development needs of K-12 Ohio teachers
Summer Writing Institutes Benefits to Teachers • Learn freshman composition expectations • Join a network of college English faculty and K-12 English language arts teachers • Engage in writing processes • Develop and identify best-practice lesson plans for teaching writing • Write assessment items, including prompts and rubrics • Receive training in the evaluation of writing
Summer Writing Institutes Reinforces College Readiness Expectations Increased teacher awareness: • High school-to-college academic transition • Ohio’s English Expectations for CollegeReadiness • Ohio’s English Language Arts Content Standards
Summer Writing Institutes Provides Teachers with Best Practices for Teaching Writing • Writing process • Writing skills • Theoretical underpinnings of writing • Practical strategies to use in the classroom
Summer Writing Institutes Positive Results in the Classroom • Noticeable improvement in writing • Students assess their own work; they apply the elements of good writing • Students gain opportunities for success in college and the workplace
Making a Difference “Nowhere else has there been a platform for writing educators to have continued discussions about the best practices for teaching writing and preparing our students for their college careers.” “I’ve managed to make good use of what I learned while still adhering to what CPS [Cincinnati Public Schools] requires of me. And I have seen the changes in my teaching affect my students’ writing for the better.” “My classes at the institute had much to do with my success as a teacher and my students’ success on the OGT.”
Ongoing Impact of OhioWINS Program • Creation of professional learning communities within regions • Use of student data to guide instructional goals and decisions • Professional development tools found on OhioWINS website
Website Resources What’s on the OhioWINS website?
Website Resources Instructional Resources Best practice lessons and units from the Ohio Resource Center collection
Website Resources Professional Resources • Journal articles • Professional reading
Website Resources Content Resources • Find activities for use with writing • Find out more about instructional practice
Website Resources Assessment Resources • OGT items • NAEP items
Remediation for Adult Workforce Writing remediation costs American businesses as much as $3.1 billion annually. National Commission on Writing, 2004
Adult Workforce Education Course for Adult Workforce • Helps returning students or older students prepare for college placement test • Determines readiness to take placement test for admission to college-level writing class • Includes reading assignments, exercises, and other resources • Aligns resources to College Readiness Expectations.
Website Resources OhioWINS resourcesprovide lessons and activities for course.
Adult Workforce Course Assignments based on writing needs of students
OhioWINS: The strategy is simple, and it’s working! High-quality professional development programs in writing instruction Access to peer-reviewed, standards-aligned resources Share best practices in the field Show results in the classroom