partlycloudy
Saturday May 30th, 2015 2:21PM

Gainesville, Hall schools top state avg. on writing test

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville and Hall County school systems topped the state average on the latest statewide writing test, according to figures provided Friday morning by state Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

Of the high school students in the two systems who took the test, 95 percent of them in each system passed.

Breaking that down school-by-school:

Chestatee 96 percent
Lanier Career Academy 70 percent
West Hall 96 percent
Flowery Branch 97 percent
East Hall 89 percent
North Hall 98 percent
Johnson 95 percent

Woods Mill Academy 90 percent
Gainesville High 95 percent

Among other school systems in the immediate Gainesville area:

Banks 93 percent
Barrow 96 percent
Dawson 94 percent
Forsyth 99 percent
Gwinnett 98 percent
Habersham 92 percent
Jackson 94 percent
Lumpkin 97 percent
White 95 percent

Buford 100 percent
Commerce 89 percent
Jefferson 96 percent

Statewide, the percentage of high school students meeting or exceeding standards on the Georgia High School Writing Test increased this year, with 93 percent passing the exam.

That's up from 91 percent passing the exam last year and 88 percent in 2007, when the current, more rigorous assessment was first introduced. What's more, state school officials say, minority and special education students are improving their performance on the test at a higher rate than white students, narrowing the achievement gap.

"This is yet another example of how more and more Georgia students are meeting the higher expectations we have set for them," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "Writing is a critical skill in every career, and these scores show that more of Georgia's students are being prepared for success after high school."

Students must pass the test to receive a high school diploma, and can take it several times in their junior and senior years. Students can score up to 350 points, with 200 points required to pass the test.

Highlights from the fall administration of the Georgia High School Writing Test:

*Ninety-three (93) percent of all students met or exceeded the standard for the test, a 2 percentage point increase from 91 percent in 2011.

*Since the inception of the GHSWT as a GPS-based test in 2007, the percentage of all students meeting or exceeding the standard for the test has increased by 5 percentage points from 88 percent in 2007 to 93 percent in 2012.

*The achievement gap between black and white students meeting or exceeding the standard has decreased by 4 percentage points from 10 percent to 6 percent. Gains were made by both groups, but gains made by black students exceeded those made by white students. Ninety (90) percent of black students met or exceeded the standard for the test, a 3 percentage point increase from 87 percent in 2011.

*The achievement gap between Hispanic and white students meeting or exceeding the standard has decreased by 8 percentage points from 13 percent to 5 percent. Gains were made by both groups, but gains made by Hispanic students exceeded those made by White students. Ninety-one (91) percent of Hispanic students met or exceeded the standard for the test, a 2 percentage point increase from 89 percent in 2011.

*The achievement gap between special education grade 11 first-time test takers and all grade 11 first-time test takers meeting or exceeding the standard has decreased by 11 percentage points from 34 percent to 23 percent. Seventy-two (72) percent of special education grade eleven first-time test-takers met or exceeded the standard for the test, a 6 percentage point increase from 66 percent in 2011.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Forsyth Co. deputies ID two separate fatal crash victims
Forsyth County authorities have released the identities in two fatal crashes that happened on Friday.
1:20PM ( 1 hour ago )
Suwanee looking for new Planning Division Director
The city of Suwanee is looking for a new Planning Division Director after the departure of Matt Dickison.
By Brian Stewart
12:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
State first-time UI claims at lowest level since 2000
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in April in Georgia hit the lowest level since June 2000, with Gainesville among the places leading the way.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:30AM ( 2 hours ago )
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley enters Democratic race for president
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley enters Democratic race for president.
10:58AM ( 3 hours ago )
Gainesville Councilwoman Bruner will run for re-election
Gainesville City Councilwoman Ruth Bruner confirmed Saturday that she will run for re-election to her Ward 5 post.
10:16AM ( 4 hours ago )