Barrow County students in the 5th and 8th grades did not fare as well as high school students on the latest round of state writing tests.
Though local students in both lower grade levels did better than their counterparts across the state, one in six Barrow County 5th graders failed to meet the state’s minimum standard on the writing test, and one in 10 students in the 8th grade failed.
As previously reported, only 4.5 percent — or about one in 20 — 11th graders failed.
The percentage of local 5th graders not meeting state standards (16.5 percent) was lower than the 5th graders statewide (21 percent). But the performance of Barrow 5th graders overall slipped about 2 percent this year.