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State releases writing test scores

Posted Friday, June 24, 2005

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The outcomes of the North Carolina Writing Assessments have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in a Preliminary Report of Student Performance. The tests were piloted in 2003 and are given to students in grades four, seven, and ten. Results of the writing tests are not currently calculated into the state ABCs ratings. The tenth grade writing test results, however, count for a portion of the high school Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standings under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) model. Students statewide took the writing test on March 1.

Students are given specific writing prompts and a designated amount of time to write their essays. Essays are read and scored by two independent readers at the state level. Each grade level focuses on a different type of writing. They are:
Grade 4: Extended narrative response (personal or imaginative)
Grade 7: Extended argumentative response (problem/solution or evaluative)
Grade 10: Extended informational response (definition, cause/effect or problem/solution)

Grade 7 Writing
School Name 2003 2004 2005
Bennett 63.2 80.0 42.8
Bonlee 45.5 50.0 36.0
Chatham Middle 35.1 38.8 22.1
Horton Middle 41.7 54.1 43.6
JS Waters 41.7 34.6 57.1
Moncure 30.0 56.0 41.7
North Chatham 29.0 60.9 54.5
Perry Harrison 55.0 68.1 67.3
Pittsboro Elementary
Siler City Elementary
Silk Hope 51.9 57.4 48.7
County 42.5 53.5 43.2
Region 45.6 50.5 49.1
State 40.9 45.6 46.7

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