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Smyrna 8th Grade Writing Scores Hold Steady

Not much change at Campbell, Griffin and Smitha middle schools from 2012.

Eighty-seven percent of students in the Cobb County School District met or surpassed standards in the winter 2013 state Eighth Grade Writing Test, according to a figures released by the district Monday.

Cobb has the highest percentage of students of any school district in the metro Atlanta area reaching or surpassing the state benchmark, and it is one point above 2012 Cobb results.

Griffin Middle School had 80 percent of its students meet or go beyond the state standards, a 2-point boost from last year; Campbell Middle School had the same 75 percent rate as in 2012, and Smitha Middle School had a 71 percent rate, up from 70 percent.

The metro figure is 86 percent, while across the state 82 percent of students reached or went beyond the standards.

The Eighth Grade Writing Assessment is one of four level-specific writing tests administered by the Georgia Department of Education. Student essays are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, measuring effective writing according to ideas, organization, style, and convention.

A total of 7,962 Cobb eighth graders took the most recent test and 898 special education students also took the test, with 58 percent meeting or exceeding standards.

Nine Cobb middle schools had 90 percent or more of students achieving state standards for the test:

  • Barber and Durham in Acworth;
  • Daniell, Mabry, McCleskey and Simpson, in Northeast Cobb;
  • Dickerson, Dodgen and Hightower Trail, in East Cobb.

The biggest boosts in the number of students meeting or exceeding the standards came from the following midde schools:

  • Barber, up 6 percent;
  • Pine Mountain, Simpson and Tapp, up 4 percent;
  • Durham and Lost Mountain, up 3 percent.

The following chart details meeting and exceeding scores for each middle school in the Cobb district and compares them to 2012 results. Smyrna-area schools are in italics.

School

Students

Tested

% M & E

Standards

2012

Score

Awtrey 265 83 80 Barber 312 90 84 Campbell MS 418 75 75 Cooper 311 63 68 Daniell 335 92 93 Dickerson 391 97 99 Dodgen 402 98 96 Durham 376 94 91 East Cobb 379 83 85 Floyd 265 82 83 Garrett 295 81 77 Griffin 321 80 78 Hightower Trail 354 97 98 Lindley 508 79 84 Lost Mountain 327 92 89 Lovinggood 408 89 87 Mabry 300 97 96 McCleskey 200 90 95 McClure 365 88 91 Palmer 316 88 89 Pine Mountain 234 88 84 Simpson 271 94 90 Smitha 322 71 70 Tapp 233 88 84 Cobb 7,962 87 86

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