Area fifth-graders exceed state writing test averages
by MDJ staff
June 25, 2013 11:57 PM | 1185 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Fifth-grade students in both the Cobb and Marietta’s school districts continue to outperform the state averages on the annual writing test, and Marietta also did better than other metro schools.

The 2013 Georgia Fifth Grade Writing Assessment was given in March.

Approximately 79 percent of all students in Georgia met or exceeded the standards and about 83 percent of students did so in metro Atlanta schools.

In Cobb, approximately 82 percent of elementary school students met or exceeded the test standard. The average score for Cobb students was 217, which is the same as reported in 2012. There were 8,166 students tested.

Of Marietta’s 683 students that were tested, 87 percent of them met or exceeded the standards. The school district’s overall average score was 221, increasing by seven points over 214 in 2012.

“Our teachers continue to prepare our students for success in the critical area of writing as demonstrated by growth over last year’s performance and the percent of students meeting and exceeding standards, in our fifth- as well as our recent eighth-grade assessments,” said Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck.

“Our students in a number of demographic subgroups also continue to outpace their peers statewide and in the metro area.”

The assessment is a test of narrative, informational or persuasive writing. Scoring is analytic, which means more than one feature or domain of a paper is evaluated.

Test scores range from 100 to 350. A score ranging from 100 to 199 does not meet standards, 200 to 249 meets standards and 250 to 350 exceeds standards.

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June 26, 2013
The headline says area fifth-graders exceed state writing test averages, but never disclosed the state writing test averages.

All we are given is that liberal City of Marietta's improved student average of 221 is higher than Conservative Cobb County's same old same old zero improvement student average of 217 (at least they're no dumber this year, right?)

The local school systems could be said to have exceeded averages with 83% of Metro students meeting standards that 79% of all students in Georgia met, except of course that Metro students are included in the state numbers, so this comparison is not valid and only demonstrates ignorance.

1- Did somebody fail math?

2- Where do I get a refund for my school taxes?

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