County's juniors tops at graduation test

LAWRENCEVILLE - The results of the spring administration of the state graduation test continued a trend for Gwinnett juniors, whose performance topped state results.

The county's 11th-graders scored the school system's highest-ever passing rate in science - 91 percent - on the Georgia High School Graduation Test, according to a news release. Students also topped last year's passing rate in social studies (92 percent) and English/language arts (94 percent) and met the previous year's passing rate in mathematics (95 percent).

Additionally, a higher percentage of Gwinnett students earned the "Advanced Proficiency" or "Honors" designation when compared to students in the state and metro area.

The test was administered in March to more than 10,000 high school juniors. A student must pass all sections of the test to earn a high school diploma. In addition, the test is a factor in schools earning adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Earlier this year, 95 percent of Gwinnett's students passed the writing test on the first try, while 91 percent passed in Georgia.

SideBar: Test results

Percentage of students who passed the Georgia High School Graduation Test this year on their first attempt:

English/Language Arts;Mathematics;Social Studies;Science