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11 local schools top state's writing test list

File Photo — Eleven Gwinnett County Public Schools recently made the list of the top 25 performers for the Eighth Grade Writing Test. At number one in the entire state: Osborne Middle, with 33.4 percent of its test takers performing in the exceeds category. State Superintendent John Barge, seen here, visited the school last year to congratulate teachers and students on achieving the number one spot.

File Photo — Eleven Gwinnett County Public Schools recently made the list of the top 25 performers for the Eighth Grade Writing Test. At number one in the entire state: Osborne Middle, with 33.4 percent of its test takers performing in the exceeds category. State Superintendent John Barge, seen here, visited the school last year to congratulate teachers and students on achieving the number one spot.

SUWANEE — Nearly a dozen Gwinnett County Public Schools recently made the state’s list of 25 top performing middle schools on the eighth-grade writing test.

At the top of the list: Osborne Middle School with 33.4 percent of its test takers performing in the exceeds category. It was the highest-ranking middle school in the state.

The next top performer was Twin Rivers Middle in the Mountain View cluster with 24.8 percent of its eighth-grade students exceeding the standards.

More than 12,600 took the test in January. The assessment represents essential literacy skill development in the categories of ideas, organization, style and conventions from either an expository or persuasive prompt.

Other schools that made the state’s list of the top 25 schools include:

• McConnell, 22.1 percent

• North Gwinnett, 21.3 percent

• Couch, 21.2 percent

• Pinckneyville, 20 percent

• Trickum, 20 percent

• Berkmar, 18.5 percent

• Jones, 18 percent

• Crews, 17.9 percent

• Creekland, 17.8 percent

For more information about the state assessments, click here.