Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Ashley King works on a drafting exercise on technology in the classroom during Cathy Seguin’s language arts class at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. The exercise is in preparation for the upcoming state writing assessment that all eighth-graders must take. Last year, Osborne Middle had the highest writing scores on the assessment.
Students at Thomas County Middle School put their pencils to the paper and impressed everyone with a 96 percent passing rate on the 8th grade writing test.
School staff said this is a 12 percent increase from last year. 2009 - 2010 results showed a 5 percent increase.
"The students write on a regular basis the teacher's give them feedback they conference with them;they talk about improvements that can be made to improve with the writing," said Thomas County Middle School's Literacy Director Gwen Pittman.
"The capabilities of the teachers and their everyday instruction and also it is lining with the state standards and implementing in the classroom where students enjoy writing," said Principal Debra Knight.
Knight said writing is included in every subject's lesson plan.