Bibb elementary schools show improvements in writing test

Almost 70 percent of Bibb County school system fifth-graders have met state writing standards.

Bibb’s fifth-grade writing assessment results released Tuesday by the school system show Bibb falls below the 78 percent state average, but Bibb has increased its system score this year from 62 percent of fifth-graders meeting or exceeding standards in 2008. School officials say 20 elementary schools showed progress this year.

“Students are increasingly able to write essays which show their ability to pull their thoughts together and communicate them clearly,” schools Superintendent Sharon Patterson said in a news release.

State law requires that students in third, fifth, eighth and 11th grades be given a writing test. The fifth-grade writing assessment was given in March. Students were assigned a topic and asked to write either a narrative, informational or persuasive essay in 120 minutes.

They were later scored in four domains: ideas, organization, style and conventions. Scores from 100-199 do not meet state standards, 200-249 meets standards and 250 and above exceeds standards.