GCPS fifth-graders among best in state

SUWANEE — As writers, fifth-graders from nearly a dozen Gwinnett elementary schools are among the best in the state.

The results from statewide writing tests taken in March were trumpeted on Thursday at the Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education work session. Eleven of the state’s top 20 elementary schools hail from Gwinnett, including Level Creek Elementary being No. 1, based on the average scale score.

GCPS is fourth in the state based on average scale score. Students were asked to answer narrative, informational or persuasive questions, and the test is a GCPS promotion requirement.

Level Creek and New Life Academy in Duluth also did not have any student in the “does not meet” performance category.

Jeff Barker, executive director with the GCPS department of accountability and assessment, presented the figures at the meeting. He noted a 13 percent increase in the last four years of countywide figures in the “exceeds” category. Twenty eight percent of Gwinnett fifth-graders exceed the standard, while 64 percent meet the standard, down five percentage points from last year, and 10 from four years ago.

Barker said all race and ethnicity groups outperformed the state in a combined “meets and exceeds” performance levels.

Along with Level Creek, the other Gwinnett schools in the top 20 were Riverside, Camp Creek, Parsons, Mulberry, Simpson, Brookwood, Burnette, White Oak, Fort Daniel and Trip.