Step Up to Writing Review:
Research & Results

As part of the development process, the Voyager Sopris Learning Research Team conducts field tests to ensure the effectiveness of instructional solutions. Step Up to Writing® Fourth Edition field-test results are currently being synthesized and will be available soon!

We adopted Step Up to Writing due to the lagging test scores. During the first year of implementation, our fourth grade writing scores improved 32.4 percent. We are now sharing Step Up to Writing strategies with the other elementary schools in our district.

Lori Larson, Literacy Specialist
Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary, Longview, Washington

Step Up to Writing is Proven Effective With:


General Education

  • Strategies to boost student writing to proficient and advanced levels
  • Solid structure for many types of writing assignments
  • Revision guidance
  • Many opportunities for practice using consistent strategies

English Language Learners

  • Oral language development
  • Development of academic vocabulary
  • Active student involvement
  • Relating and organizing information

Gifted & Talented

  • Organizing information strategically and clearly to make the most impact
  • Clearly articulating complex thoughts and content
  • Understanding shadows of meaning within words


At-Risk & Special Education

  • Strategies to make abstract concepts concrete
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Multisensory approach
  • Confidence building through step-by-step strategies
  • Organization and planning skills

Bilingual students who were taught these strategies saw themselves as successful readers and writers. Their confidence, sense of responsibility, and leadership skills improved.

Ana Garcia-Gustafson
Hamilton Middle School, Denver Public Schools

Success Stories

John Williams School No. 5, Rochester, New York

John Williams School No. 5 began implementing Step Up to Writing Fourth Edition school-wide in order to meet rigorous writing standards and help every student, at every skill level, learn to write thoughtful and organized compositions. Teacher Kelli Monique Briggs teaches her middle school students how to form effective arguments by providing writing assignments that are relevant to their daily lives and that prepare them for writing in high school and beyond.

Watch the video to hear the whole story. (4:58)

When our kids were taking the state exams or any type of essay, they would tense up and get nervous. Now they know to organize it [their writing].

Kelli Monique Briggs, Teacher
John Williams School No. 5 – Rochester, NY

Corona-Norco Unified School District, Riverside County, California

Corona-Norco Unified School District began implementingStep Up to Writing district-wide 10 years ago in order to meet rigorous writing standards and help every student, at every skill level, learn to write well-planned, organized compositions. Over the years, students have made gains on the California State Test, with writing being one of CNUSD students’ strongest areas.

Watch the video to hear the whole story. (6:15)

We really saw a great development of the writing process, which is so vague if you don’t have a writing system. To have one district-wide, from primary all the way up to high school, is so strong for our district.

Beth Feaster, Principal
Temescal Valley Elementary School, Corona-Norco Unified School District

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