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English Education

Resources to support research in teaching English

Additional resources

For more information on specific literature resources see the research guide on English Literature - British, American, World.

Web Resources

The National Commission on Writing has issued several reports, including The Neglected "R":  The Need for a Writing Revolution.

The Carnegie Corporation issued a meta-analysis, Informing Writing:  The Benefits of Formative Assessment, of effectiveness of formative writing assessment and also identifies best practices in writing assessment.  Another report, Writing Next:  Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools, offers a number of specific teaching techniques that research suggests will help 4th- to12th-grade students in our nation’s schools.

The Pew Research Center has issued a report based on a survey of AP high school teachers and National Writing Project teachers, The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools.

The UK Department for Education issued a synthesis of existing evidence regarding writing from the UK and abroad for both primary and secondary students. It covers achievement, effective teaching, the gender gap, students' attitudes, and writing as an activity outside of school. The review looks at "what works" in the classroom, including teaching students to write for a variety of purposes, teaching the writing process, and providing daily time to write.

The National Council of Teachers of English has produced a policy research brief on 21st Century Literacies.

The National Writing Project has resources for teaching writing and digital writing at Digital Is, along with other topics. 

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers conducted a survey of 400 English teachers in grades 9-11 to determine what high school students are being asked to read, Literary Survey in Grades 9, 10, 11.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides reports related to learning disabilities and reading and writing.


For books on teaching English and composition:  LB1631

Common Core State Standards ELA

Using technology

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has created ICT Literacy Maps illustrating the intersection between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy and English for grades 4, 8, and 12.