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Newton County School System (NCSS) and each of its three high schools had solid results on the 2013 Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT). Each of the schools and the district as a whole had over a 90% pass rate for junior, first-time test takers. The school system matched the state pass rate of 94%.

Both the state and the district scores did show slight decreases in 2013. Georgia’s pass rate dropped from 95% in 2012 to 94% in 2013 and Newton County’s pass rate decreased from 96% in 2012 to 94% in 2013. At the school level, Alcovy and Newton High Schools’ each saw 93% of their test-takers pass the writing test this fall. The percentage of students who passed at Eastside is 95%--the school bested the state average pass rate by one percentage point.

“Our high schools’ achievement on the Georgia High School Writing Test reflects their continued commitment to excellence,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Newton County School Superintendent. “While posting score’s in the 90’s is no small task, we will continue to work to ensure that all students experience success on the GHSWT.” 

Students in the 11th grade participate in the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) and must pass the GHSWT to earn a Georgia diploma.  Students are asked to produce a response to one on-demand persuasive writing prompt.  The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic.  Students are allowed 100 minutes to write their essay.  The test is administered three times a year so that students have multiple opportunities to take the test before the end of the 12th grade.  The main administration of the GHSWT takes place in the fall of the 11th grade year.  Results of the GHSWT are used to identify students who may need additional instruction in academic content and skills considered essential for a high school diploma.

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing, at