Cherokee 8th Graders Outperform State in Writing Test
Ninety-two percent of Cherokee County students taking the eighth-grade writing exam met or exceeded "rigorous" state standards.
The Cherokee County School District's performance on the 8th Grade Writing Assessment in 2013 continued the district's long track record of surpassing statewide averages on standardized testing.
This year, 92 percent of Cherokee's eighth graders met or exceeded the standards set by the state in the essay writing discipline.
This is a one percent improvement over 2012's numbers, and is six percent above the state's 86 percent "meet or exceed" rate.
Woodstock Middle School saw its percentage dip from 92 percent to 88 percent. Mill Creek Middle saw its percentage increase from 86 to 88 percent, as did E.T. Booth Middle, whose average bumped up from 94 to 95 percent.
This year's notable improvement goes to Canton's Teasley Middle School, which saw its success rate jump from 78 to 85 percent between 2012 and 2013.
"Our students' continuing improvement on this and other important assessments is a testament to their hard work and the dedication of our teachers, administrators, and parents," Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo wrote in a memo to principals, PTA presidents and school councils. "All of our students must master writing skills in order to be as successful as possible as they advance toward writing-focused exams such as the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, graduation and future accomplishments in higher education and the workplace."
The complete breakdown of middle school scores and how they compare to the state averages is as follows:
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