Writ­ing scores im­prove

Eighth grade stu­dents fare bet­ter on March test than in 2007

The Covington News - - School Beat -

Ea­chofNew­ton County School Sys­tem’s four mid­dle schools im­proved scores on the state’s eighth-grade writ­ing test, with three of the four schools see­ing dou­ble digit in­creases in 2008.

As a re­sult of the schools’ great im­prove­ment in writ­ing scores, the school dis­trict as a whole im­proved the pass per­cent­age rate on the test by 10 points, go­ing from a 66 per­cent pass­ing rate in 2007 to a 76 pass­ing rate in 2008.

Three of the four mid­dle schools, Cle­ments, In­dian Creek and Vet­er­ans, per­formed at or above the state’s av­er­age of 77 per­cent in 2008, with the dis­trict score just one point be­low.

“I’m thrilled about the tremen­dous in­crease in this year’s scores over last year’s scores,” said Dr. Adria Grif­fin, di­rec­tor of mid­dle schools. “My con­grat­u­la­tions go out to both the stu­dents and teach­ers.”

In­di­vid­u­ally, Cle­ments Mid­dle School had the high­est pass per- cen­t­age rate in the county in 2008, with 80 per­cent of the school’s eighth-grade stu­dents pass­ing the test. Cle­ments also posted tremen­dous gains this year, go­ing from a 65 per­cent pass rate in 2007 to an 80 per­cent pass rate in 2008, an in­crease of 15 points.

“We at Cle­ments are very thrilled and en­er­gized about our eighth-grade test scores,” said Dr. Sylvia Jor­dan, prin­ci­pal of Cle­ments. “The sup­port of the com­mu­nity has been mag­nif­i­cent.

“This year we have fully im­ple­mented the stan­dards based class­room, and our teach­ers have taken full re­spon­si­bil­ity for teach­ing the new Ge­or­gia cur­ricu­lum.”

WhileCle­ments had the high­est pass per­cent­age this year, In­dian Creek Mid­dle School posted the high­est in­crease, with a 17-point im­prove­ment over last year’s cores. In 2007 only 61 per­cent of the school’s eighth-graders passed the writ­ing test. This school year, 78 per­cent passed.

“We are very proud of the hard work our teach­ers and stu­dents have done,” said Ms. Sa­man­tha Fuhrey, prin­ci­pal of In­dian Creek Mid­dle School. “We ex­pect our scores to con­tinue to in­crease as we con­tinue our writ­ing across the cur­ricu­lum ini­tia­tive.”

Cousins Mid­dle School also saw a dou­ble digit in­crease in im­prove­ment in 2008. The school recorded an 11-point gain in pass per­cent­age, from 61 per­cent in 2007 to 72 per­cent in 2008.

Last year, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School bested the state av­er­age by eight points and also had the high­est scores in the dis­trict.

This year the school con­tin­ued its up­ward trend, post­ing a two­point in­crease, with 77 per­cent of the stu­dents pass­ing the eighth­grade writ­ing test.

“I am ex­tremely proud of all our mid­dle schools and the eight­grade stu­dents,” said Dr. She­lia Thomas, New­ton County School sys­tem’s di­rec­tor of test­ing and GPS. “They have made tremen­dous gains in the writ­ing test scores from last year.

“I am ex­tremely proud of all our mid­dle schools and the eight­grade stu­dents,” said Dr. She­lia Thomas, New­ton County School sys­tem’s di­rec­tor of test­ing and GPS. “They have made tremen­dous gains in the writ­ing test scores from last year.

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