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Writing scores improve for GCPS

In this file photo, students at Moore Middle School get off the buses.

In this file photo, students at Moore Middle School get off the buses.

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Click to see Gwinnett statistics from the Grade 8 State Writing Test.

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett middle schoolers ranked among the top in the state on the Grade 8 State Writing Test.

According to a press release, 94 percent students of the 12,600 Gwinnett County Public Schools students who took the test in January passed it. The percentage is up from the 93 percent passng score in 2012.

District representatives were proud to report that 15 percent of the students scored in the "exceeds" level, well above the 6 percent statewide. And only 6 percent scored in the "does not meet" performance level, compared to 18 percent statewide.

The writing assessment is one of several promotional requirements for eighth-graders to go on to high school, including passing five of six courses and meetings state standards on the CRCT.

The school system views the test as "a reflection of academic rigor across the curriculum through integration of comprehension, creativity, and fluency of written expression, incorporating analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking," intended to make students college- and career-ready, a press release said.

Students who did not pass the writing test will have an opportunity to receive extra help to prepare for a retest, the press release said. The results of the retest will be available prior to the beginning of summer school, giving the student a chance to improve their writing skills over the summer session to take another retest in an attempt to promote to the ninth grade.