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.