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Fayette students score near perfect mark on state writing test

Fayette County registered a near-perfect score on the 2012 Georgia High School Writing Test. Ninety-three percent of students statewide met or exceeded the test standards while in Fayette that score was 98 percent.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette’s overall passing score for the 2012 Georgia High School Writing Test increased 1 percent from last year.

”Ninety-eight percent of test takers met or exceeded standards, up from 97 percent in 2011,” Berry-Dreisbach said.

Berry-Dreisbach said minority and special education students also improved their passing percentages and maintained scores higher than the state average.

“Ninety-seven percent of black students met or exceeded the standard for the test, a 2-percentage point increase from 95 in 2011. Hispanic students saw a 2-point drop with 95 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 97 percent in 2011. Both subgroups outpaced the state’s average of 90 percent passing for black students and 91 percent passing for Hispanic students,” she said.

Special education students in Fayette County had the largest passing percentage increase of all the subgroups, up 12 percentage points from last year.

Eighty-six percent of special education grade 11 first-time test-takers met or exceeded the standards, up last year from 74 percent. Again, the special education subgroup scored well above that of the state, which posted a 72 percent pass rate, according to Berry-Dreisbach.

Statewide, 93 percent of high school students met or exceeded the standards. That number is up from 91 percent last year and 88 percent in 2007 when the current, more rigorous assessment was first introduced, according to Ga. Dept. of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

“What’s more, minority and special education students are improving their performance on the test at a higher rate than white students, narrowing the achievement gap,” Cardoza said.

Students must pass the Georgia High School Writing Test to receive a high school diploma, and can take it multiple times in their junior and senior years. Students can score up to 350 points, with 200 points required to pass the test.

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Newsboy's picture

This just proves that when it comes to what's important -- classroom instruction -- Fayette County remains a leader in the state and nation. Don't let the negativity and hyperbole of what happens at BOE meetings distract from this fact!

NUK_1's picture

[quote=Newsboy]This just proves that when it comes to what's important -- classroom instruction -- Fayette County remains a leader in the state and nation. Don't let the negativity and hyperbole of what happens at BOE meetings distract from this fact![/quote]

FC schools are 3rd or 4th in the state of GA and a little better than the national average public school system. FC is a GOOD school system but lets not get carried away with it being some kind of "national leader."

We are blessed with a very good school system. The teachers and principals I have met have all been top notch. The problem lies with the board not being strong enough to make the slow methodical cuts the past few years and now next year it's going to feel like we got a limb chopped off.

Just wondering.... could there have been "outside intervention" (i.e. cheating) involved. Georgia seems to excel in this arena.

PTC Observer's picture

that this could have been cheating, the more worrisome number is the 93% statewide results. It suggests that the bar is set really, really low. I suppose all you need to do is sign your name on a voter registration card, then you have "passed".

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