Percent of students scoring at Meets or Exceeds on the Georgia High School Writing Test
ARABIA MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL (DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Rose Hamilton, ELA Chairperson
Donnaye Moore, ELA Chairperson
Effective practices at Arabia Mountain High School are:
1. targeting development of introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs with supporting evidence;
2. practicing development of essential components of deconstructed essays (thesis, introduction, body with supporting evidence, conclusion);
3. integrating Point, Evidence, Explanation format in development of ideas;
4. providing a variety of writing opportunities that produce persuasive, expository, or narrative compositions.
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MARY PERSON HS (MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Julie Bazemore, English Dept.
Effective practices at Mary Persons High School are:
1. administrating predictor test in writing to 10th graders;
2. analyzing data from predictor and diagnostic tests (11th graders) and GHSWT to guide instruction;
3. selecting targeted invention strategies for specific students;
4. reviewing and reinforcing concepts of writing domains;
5. using domain-specific scoring rubrics as formative assessments;
6. utilizing data feedback and commentary from formative assessments to conference with individual students;
7. continuing formative assessments and modifying individual assistance.
MCINTOSH HS (FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Karen Davis, Media Specialist/Teacher
Lynne Bruschetti, English Department Chairperson
Effective practices at McIntosh High School are:
1. focusing on writing in all ELA courses;
2. assigning multiple writing opportunities in all courses;
3. identifying and scheduling students with skills' deficits as well as newly transferred Juniors into September Instructional Focus sessions for intensive GHSWT preparation three times a week for 20 minutes.
Northgate High School (Coweta County Schools)*
Linda Fincher, Assistant Principal
Susan Barber, Department Chairperson
Effective practices at Northgate High School are:
1. completing school-wide writing assignments at the beginning of the school year;
2. analyzing scoring data;
3. identifying specific writing deficiencies;
4. prioritizing writing as a focus in ELA courses;
5. developing writing-focused instructional plans;
6. scheduling individual /group conferences;
7. measuring students’ growth using common ELA assessments.
SOUTHEAST BULLOCH HS (BULLOCH COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Donna Clifton, Principal
Linda Fix, Department Chairperson
Effective practices at Southeast Bulloch High School are:
1. scheduling all 11th graders in American Literature classes during Fall semester;
2. developing effective writing skills prior;
3. reviewing and analyzing GHSWT rubric and sample essays;
4. administrating mock GHSWT writing assignments;
5. analyzing available data related to writing and targeting strengths and weaknesses;
6. emphasizing writing in all courses.
WEST FORSYTH HS (FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Rebecca Britten, ELA Department Chairperson
Effective practices at West Forsyth High School are:
1. scheduling Juniors for instructional focus during the first week of September;
2. reviewing basic elements of previous ELA courses and the components of the GHSWT;
3. reinforcing/reteaching elements of writing effective introductions and conclusions;
4. analyzing domains of the GHSWT scoring rubric;
5. writing an essay on a practice GHSWT prompt;
6. enhancing students' abilities to read, score, and comman on practice essays of peers;
7. reviewing scores and comments from students by English teachers.
* School’s effective practices based on 2012-2014 performance data.