Osborne Middle 8th-Graders Ace State Writing Test

Middle School ranked No. 1 in test scores and percentage of exceeding students.

Osborne Middle School had the highest scores in Georgia in this year’s Grade 8 State Writing Test.

According to Gwinnett County Schools, Osborne’s mean scaled score of 249.9 was No. 1 in the state, as was its percentage of students scoring in the Exceeds category (a record-setting 42.3 percent).

Osborne is a Mill Creek Cluster school.

More than 13,000 Gwinnett students took the test, which is a promotion requirement for eighth-graders in the county system.

In all, 10 Gwinnett County middle schools had mean scores in the top 25 in Georgia:

  • Osborne, 1st (249); Twin Rivers, 5th (239); North Gwinnett, 8th (239); McConnell, 11th (237); Trickum, 13th (236); Couch, 14th (236); Crews, 18th (234); Pinckneyville, 21st (233); Five Forks, 22nd (233); Creekland, 23rd (232).

The average mean score in Gwinnett was 227.

Nine Gwinnett schools ranked in the top 20 in Georgia in percentage of eighth-graders exceeding state standards on the writing test:

  • Osborne, 1st (42.3 percent); Twin Rivers, 6th (28.4); North Gwinnett, 7th (28.4); McConnell, 11th (27.7); Couch, 12th (27.3); Trickum, 14th (25.2); Pinckneyville, 16th (24.9); Crews, 17th (24.4); Five Forks, 18th (23.4).

About the test:  (From Gwinnett County Schools) The 8th grade state writing assessment measures a student’s ability to communicate in writing using an assigned prompt. The genres assessed in 8th grade are expository or persuasive writing. Students must demonstrate development of the topic; good organization of their ideas; use of language and vocabulary to engage the reader; and proper sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics. The skills reflected in the content of the test are included in the GCPS Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum.

OnceWasAnnie April 02, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Only in the backwards South would this even be an issue. Dear God, I can't wait to move back to the West Coast! And I'm FROM the East Coast...although much further north than Georgia, thankfully.
M.K. OSBORNE April 02, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Awwww...... Hate to see you go ! We need your greatness here in Georgia ...


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