Does anyone have a resource for dev. appropr. writing practices? Or a researched continuum for writing development that indicates time frames/durations for writing? One of my principal's expectations is for all students, k-6, to be able to write daily for 30 minutes, sustained, by the end of the year. Our state test scores, in all areas, were much lower this last school year. She believes that we need to build writing endurance so students can do better on state testing in the spring. This is her solution. I questioned quality writing over quantity/time duration writing. I questioned whether this was developmentally appropriate or researched base. She said to start them 1 minute per year of age but she had research that supports 30 minutes sustained writing. I am waiting to see her research but this just doesn't sit well with me. It doesn't seem natural. When she taught, she said she was able to get 60 minutes of quality writing from her class daily. We are currently at 8-9 minutes but none of my 25 students write the entire time. The quality of writing varies as does the amount they write. Some write very little, some a few sentences, a few write several sentences. My fear is that the longer students are expected to write, sustained, the more poor writing we'll get because students will write just to fill in time, not necessarily to add great info or details to their writing. Any help would be appreciated.