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Eighth-graders perform better on writing tests

Posted: April 14, 2012 - 11:03pm

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.

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 school’s eighth-graders failed the test.

All of Columbia County’s middle schools, except for 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.

School system Director of Middle School Learning Sharon Carson said the writing assessment allows officials to gauge the success of the writing curriculum at schools.

It isn’t used to determine a school’s adequate yearly progress.

However, once Georgia reverts to the College and Career Ready Performance Index to measure school success in the next three to four years, the assessment will play a factor.

EIGHTH-GRADE WRITING ASSESSMENTS

School % Met % Exceeded Standards Standards

Columbia Middle 80 4

Evans Middle 82 11

Greenbrier Middle 84 8

Grovetown Middle 78 1

Harlem Middle 82 6

Lakeside Middle 81 2

Riverside Middle 84 10

Stallings Island Middle 72 27

Columbia County 81 8

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