Schools see 3-point dip in eighth-grade writing tests
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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo speaks to the other school board members at a meeting. While more Cherokee County students met or exceeded standards for the eighth-grade writing test, most individual middle schools saw a three-point drop in average scores. Petruzielo wrote a letter last week, highlighting that in 2013, 92 percent of students taking the writing test met or exceeded standards, an increase from 91 percent the previous year. Both numbers exceed the state average of 86 percent. <br>Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo speaks to the other school board members at a meeting. While more Cherokee County students met or exceeded standards for the eighth-grade writing test, most individual middle schools saw a three-point drop in average scores. Petruzielo wrote a letter last week, highlighting that in 2013, 92 percent of students taking the writing test met or exceeded standards, an increase from 91 percent the previous year. Both numbers exceed the state average of 86 percent.
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While more Cherokee County students met or exceeded standards for the eighth-grade writing test, most individual middle schools saw a three-point drop in average scores.

The Georgia Department of Education released the scores this past week.

In Cherokee County School District, 2,967 eighth-grade students were tested, scoring on average 216. In 2012, 2,862 students were tested and received an average score of 219.

In its first year with an eighth-grade class, Cherokee Charter Academy tested 49 students with an average score of 216.

CCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo wrote a letter last week, highlighting that in 2013, 92 percent of students taking the test met or exceeded standards, an increase from 91 percent the previous year. Both numbers exceed the state average of 86 percent.

“Our students continuing improvement on this and other important assessments is a testament to their hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators and parents,” Petruzielo said in a letter last week when the district released its scores. “While technology grows more globally pervasive every day, the ability to communicate effectively through writing remains a vital skill. 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, Advanced Placement tests, graduation and future accomplishments in higher education and the workplace.”

Of the seven middle schools, the three top scoring schools were Freedom at 223, E.T. Booth at 218 and Dean Rusk at 217. The lowest scoring school was Teasley at 209, but the school reported a three-point increase from 2012.

Other than Teasley, each school saw a drop in averages.

During the charter school’s local governing council meeting Wednesday, Principal Vanessa Suarez updated the board that 94 percent of CCA’s students passed the test.

Suarez said 100 percent of regular education students passed the exam, but three special education students were not able to pass.

“Our eighth grade is a small group,” she told board members.
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