Newton students improve, outpace state writing scores

COVINGTON -- More Newton County high school juniors are passing the Georgia High School Writing Test.

The Newton County School System announced Thursday that 96 percent of juniors taking the test for the first time in the fall passed, compared to 95 percent statewide.

In addition to outpacing the state, each school's scores also increased from last year, after dipping some the previous year.

"Our latest writing results further demonstrate the upward trajectory that our public schools have been on when it comes to state assessments," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "I am particularly pleased to see writing as strong as it is, given its importance and signal that one is truly educated."

Alcovy's pass average improved by three points in 2012, increasing from a score of 93 in 2011 to a 96 this year. Eastside's scores increased by two points in 2012 to a 97. At Newton High, scores also improved in 2012, going from an average score of 94 to 95 this year.

A total of 1,077 Newton County juniors took the test for the first time this semester, compared to 1,080 students last school year.

The GHSWT is a persuasive writing assignment that students have 100 minutes to complete. Students are asked to produce a response to one on-demand persuasive writing prompt. The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic.

They are assessed in four domains: ideas, organization, style and conventions.

The writing test is offered first in the fall of students' junior year in high school, and students have multiple opportunities to take the test before the end of the 12th grade, when they have to pass it in order to earn a high school diploma in Georgia.

Georgia High School Graduation Tests and End of Course Tests also count toward students' graduation.

"Now, as the state has upped the ante with the new College and Career Readiness Performance Index, we have to begin to significantly translate Georgia results on the CRCTs (Criterion Referenced Competency Tests), EOCTs and GHSGTs into greater results on college-level admission tests, such as the ACT and SAT. But, we're on track to do that over time," Mathews said.

Statewide, scores also improved from 93 percent last year.


NoSPLOST 3 years ago

Glad to hear a good tidbit here among the ocean of failure at Alcovy High. Teachers are quitting that school left and right - grad coach just resigned in the middle of the year and another teacher this week. Until that principal or NCSS replays the teacher the parent and the bd member and any others like taxpayers who lost money in the LaQuanda Carpenter lawsuit - how much did we pay Kent Campbell to deal with open records requests and meet with Stephanie Lindsey? - until all of that is publicy proven to be repaid VOTE NO ON SPLOST. Do not give NCSS one more red taxpayer penny until they come forward, come clean and make people whole that one wife of the teacher had to pay for an attorney that is so unfair. NO SPLOST NO SPLOST. March 19th VOTE NO.


OnToday 3 years ago

Good news, but let's be honest. The writing test the kids take is incredibly simple. You actually have to TRY to fail it.


eyematter 3 years ago

We have a good school system, that meets the challenges as do any other school system. If illegal, non professional acts were taking place in our school system and you are not reporting them, then YOU are part of the program. Stop the verbal assaults if they have no merit. These complaints seemingly come from some MISDIRECTED , SUB PAR employees who were not satisfied with the grievance process that is in place. How dare you slam the peoples right to elect a board they will guide a school in a direction that is different than the direction we are going. Your small minded shallow comments are read by more than the your buddies and cronies. Remember this board did not elect this Superitendent so now is the previous board incompetent. Should you take your children out of public education you set them up to never learning how to rise up above controversy and use of the concept COMPROMISE. I am reminded of those NIT WITS who call for coach richt resignation after the South Carolina loss.....di not see the picture. If you do not SEE ONE or a ray of hope in our SCHOOL SYSTEM you are invited to get intimately involved in the process ! ! Your Monday morning quarterback antics are just what they are ANTICS ! !...Share some positive ideas as to what can get the results you want.


John 2 years, 12 months ago

Remember that Georgia's public ranks near the bottom nationally and "One Robin Does Not Make Springtime" ! Outpacing by 1 point is a small improvement and slightly better than 1 point lower and rounding up the scores average can create a bit of inflation of the actuals results by .5% . Remember the Chamber of Commerce says the filming industry brought in $100 million does in additional revenue to Newton County in one year - but fail to provide details to back-up this claim.. Caveat Emptor!


1_player 2 years, 12 months ago

So no matter how positive the story, you all will find something negative to say about it, huh?


OnToday 2 years, 12 months ago

A whopping ONE POINT improvement on a very simple test? While all the other scores and figures are in the toilet? Sorry, just being a realist. I'll stop finding something negative when you all stop crowing about meaningless data and throwing a party for little "victories."


John 2 years, 12 months ago

I guess when you are in a state that the educational system has been ranked at or very near the bottom for decades, expectations aren't very high but expenditures seem to be "outpacing" performance by a
quantum leaps.


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