Each year YPT has further developed and refined its process and several schools now rely on YPT to provide its holistic learning process as a means of enhancing student literacy, communication, and creativity in the classroom.
By emphasizing reading, writing, and revision, the In-School Playwriting Program improves literacy in the following target areas:
- Increased ability to write expressively
- Increased ability to revise and edit writing
- Development of strong listening and speaking skills
- Improvement of vocabulary, grammar, and spelling
- Increased comprehension of text
In 2005, only 30 percent of high school students in DC Public Schools (DCPS) scored at the proficient level in reading on standardized tests. In response, Young Playwrights' Theater crafted a new playwriting curriculum that addresses and integrates the DCPS English Language Arts Standards.
Expanding its long-term partnership with Bell Multicultural High School to work with the entire 11th grade and faculty on this new curriculum, YPT's model exemplifies the philosophy emphasized in these new standards and inherent in YPT's work: learning an interactive writing process in the classroom as a means of creative self-expression is central to successful student learning.