Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fayette County Third Grade Writing Skills Improve

Fayette County third graders are improving their writing skills based on results of the 2010 Third Grade Writing Assessment just released by the Georgia Department of Education.

Compared to last year, passing scores in the “meets” category dropped while increasing in the “exceeds” category, ranging from 11 to one percent depending on the types of writing.

Fayette continues to do well compared to both the state and neighboring school systems in its region, which include Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. Fayette has a substantial lead over the state and region in “persuasive” writing where 25 percent of students “exceed” standards compared to 17 percent in the state and 14 percent in the region. Another significant lead is in “response to literature” where 72 percent of Fayette’s students “meet” standards and 16 percent “exceed” compared to 66 “meeting” and 15 “exceeding” at the state level and 67 percent “meeting” and 12 percent “exceeding” at the regional level.

The Georgia Third Grade Writing Assessment covers four types of writing: narrative, informational, persuasive and response to literature. Third grade teachers assess the writing analytically in four domains: ideas, organization, style and conventions. Teachers collect writing samples by providing many opportunities for students to produce the various types of writing throughout the year.

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