Columbia County’s eighth-graders showed a 1 percent improvement for the number of pupils passing the eighth-grade writing assessment.
Administered in January, the school board released the results of the 2012 writing assessment during a Tuesday meeting. Those results show that 89 percent of eighth-graders passed, which is 1 percentage point more than in 2011 and 2010.
The assessment annually tests eighth-graders on ideas, organization, style and conventions in either persuasive or expository essays.
For the past three years, 81 percent of those pupils meet the standards required of exam raters. In 2010 and 2011, 7 percent exceeded standards. That improved to 8 percent this year.
The most significant improvement was made at Stallings Island Middle School. Though just 72 percent of eighth-graders met standards, 27 percent exceeded standards, which is a 13-percentage point increase over last year. Just 1 percent of the schools eighth-graders failed the test.
All of Columbia County’s middle schools, save Grovetown Middle, posted pass rates in excess of 83 percent. Four middle schools exceeded 90 percent pass rates. Grovetown’s pass rate was 79 percent.
Sharon Carson, the school system’s director of middle school learning, said the writing assessment provides a gauge officials use to determine the success of the writing curriculum at schools. It never has played a role in determining a school’s adequate yearly progress.
However, once Georgia reverts to the College and Career Readiness Index to measure school success in the next three to four years, the assessment will play a factor.