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Activities as part of the writing process

Grade 8
 Grade 12

As part of the 2007 writing assessment, eighth-graders were asked about the processes or activities they used when they wrote for school. The question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are below.

When you write a paper or report for school this year, how often do you do each of the following?

  Percentage of students
Writing activity Never or
hardly ever
Sometimes Almost

Brainstorm with other students to decide what to write about

24 61 15

Organize your paper before you write (for example, make an outline, draw a chart)

19 41 40

Make changes to your paper to fix mistakes and improve your paper

5 29 66

Work with other students in pairs or small groups to discuss and improve your paper

19 53 28

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data with standard errors in the NAEP Data Explorer. Click on "Find Out" to check for statistical significance. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Writing Assessment.

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