Cobb’s 7,984 eighth-graders averaged 220 points, one point higher than 2011’s 219 and four points above the state average of 216.
The 562 Marietta test-takers averaged 213, two points higher than last year’s 211 but three points below the state average.
“Writing is a critical skill at all levels and across all subjects,” Marietta Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck. “We need to be sure that we are providing sufficient opportunities and appropriate instructional strategies to increase the number of students who write effectively.”
Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa is out of town for a superintendent’s summit in Florida and was unable to comment.
Cobb County reported that English Language Learner students made gains in scores for the fifth year in a row with an average scale score of 201, up one point from 2011 and 15 points since 2008.
Scores in Cobb ranged from 206 to 241, with Dickerson students averaging 241; Dodgen, 237; and Hightower Trail, 236; being the three highest scoring middle schools in the district and Cooper, 206; Imagine International Academy of Mableton, 206; and Smitha, 208, being the three lowest scoring middle schools in the district.
Of Cobb’s schools, 15 saw an increase in scores since 2011. The schools that saw the biggest improvement were Campbell, whose score went up nine points; Floyd, six; and Awtrey, Hightower Trail and McClure, five.
Eight middle schools saw a drop in scores. The schools that saw the largest drops were Imagine Mableton with 11 points; Simpson, seven; and Cooper, six.
Three schools did not see changes in scores. Additionally, 16 of the 26 schools scored above the state average of 216 and 10 fell below the average.
The eighth-grade writing test is a portion of a statewide testing program that measures writing skills. Results, judged by trained professionals, grade students on four domains of effective writing, ideas, organization, style and conventions. The scale score range is 100 to 350 points.