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Literacy Design Collaborative 2016–2017 Evaluation Report for the New York City Department of Education

Oct 2018

Jia Wang, Joan L. Herman, Scott Epstein, Seth Leon, Julie Haubner, Deborah La Torre, and Velette Bozeman

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) was created to support teachers in implementing college and career readiness standards in order to teach literacy skills throughout the content areas. Teachers work collaboratively with coaches to further develop their expertise and design standards-driven, literacy-rich writing assignments within their existing curriculum across all content areas. The 2016–2017 school year was the first year of implementation, following a pilot year during which the implementation plan, instruments, data collection processes, and analytical methodologies were refined. Participants across all groups reported positive attitudes toward LDC and perceive a positive impact on student outcomes.

Analysis of module artifacts suggest that teachers at the elementary school level were moderately successful in the backwards design process, particularly in developing high-quality writing tasks for students. As an ongoing multiyear intervention, the LDC implementation will continue to evolve year to year as participants provide feedback and LDC program managers make refinements. Thus, we anticipate that further significant changes to the course material and the delivery system that are already in progress for Year 2 will likely result in continued and possibly increased positive feedback.

Wang, J., Herman, J. L., Epstein, S., Leon, S., Haubner, J., La Torre, D., & Bozeman, V. (2018). Literacy Design Collaborative 2016–2017 evaluation report for the New York City Department of Education (CRESST Report 856). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).