Students at Osborne Middle School in Hoschton outperformed eight graders from across the state on this year's Grade 8 State Writing Test.
Osborne students earned a mean scaled score of 249.42 -- the highest of any school in Georgia. Twin Rivers Middle School placed fifth in the state with a mean scaled score of 239.34 and North Gwinnett Middle School finished eighth with a score of 239.34.
In total, more than 13,000 Gwinnett eighth grade students took the writing test earning an average mean scaled score of 227. Nine Gwinnett middle schools ranked in the top 20 in terms of the percentage of students who performed at the top level. Osborne posted the highest-ever percentage of students in the "exceeds" category with 42.3 percent of the school's eight graders scoring at that level.
Gwinnett students are required to meet or exceed state standards for the Grade 8 State Writing Test, meet state standards on the CRCT and pass five of their six courses including language arts and math to advance to the ninth grade.
The mean scaled scores for other area middle schools include 226 for Dacula Middle, 223 for Lanier Middle and 230 for Jones Middle.
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