North Gwinnett Middle School was a top-10 performer in Georgia on this year’s Grade 8 State Writing Test, according to the Gwinnett County school system.
The Suwanee-area school was 8th in mean scaled scores and 7th in the percentage of students exceeding the standard.
In all, 10 Gwinnett County middle schools had mean scores in the top 25 in Georgia:
Osborne, 1st (249); Twin Rivers, 5th (239); North Gwinnett, 8th (239); McConnell, 11th (237); Trickum, 13th (236); Couch, 14th (236); Crews, 18th (234); Pinckneyville, 21st (233); Five Forks, 22nd (233); Creekland, 23rd (232).
The average mean score in Gwinnett was 227.
Nine Gwinnett schools ranked in the top 20 in Georgia in percentage of eighth-graders exceeding state standards on the writing test:
Osborne, 1st (42.3 percent); Twin Rivers, 6th (28.4); North Gwinnett, 7th (28.4); McConnell, 11th (27.7); Couch, 12th (27.3); Trickum, 14th (25.2); Pinckneyville, 16th (24.9); Crews, 17th (24.4); Five Forks, 18th (23.4).
About the test: (From Gwinnett County Schools) The 8th grade state writing assessment measures a student’s ability to communicate in writing using an assigned prompt. The genres assessed in 8th grade are expository or persuasive writing. Students must demonstrate development of the topic; good organization of their ideas; use of language and vocabulary to engage the reader; and proper sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics. The skills reflected in the content of the test are included in the GCPS Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum.