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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Soon your kids will find out how they’re doing in school. Today their schools got their own kind of report cards.

The results are in from last year’s end-of-grade and end-of-course testing, and many schools in our area are seeing lower scores than last year. It’s a trend seen across the state after a new, more rigorous curriculum was implemented last year.

It was a full house at Bolivia Elementary’s library this morning as Brunswick County principals and school leaders met to look at the scores and determine areas of growth and areas that still need improvement.

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The results show Brunswick County Schools fell short of state averages. Superintendent Edward Pruden says lower scores are expected after the state implemented new curriculum last year with more rigorous testing.

“We have bright spots. We have areas that need improvement, and that’s the good thing about data is you can see where you’re doing well and where you’re not, what groups of students are succeeding and which ones need assistance, and then you know where to target those resources,” Dr. Pruden said.

Retha Rusk has been the principal of Lincoln Elementary, a school with 90 percent economically disadvantaged students, for four years. Lincoln exceeded the state average in growth, but it fell short in overall proficiency. But Rusk says she is proud of how far the school has come in recent years.

“When we started, Lincoln was probably one of the lowest performing schools in Brunswick County and the area,” Rusk said. “And so each year, we have looked, delved into the data far enough to see, and one of our visions at our school is that we will personalize education.”

While some principals were pleased with the results, others hope to make a better grade next year.

“We’re going to refocus, look at the data,” Southport Elementary principal Randy Horne. “We’re going to collaborate within our professional learning communities. We’re going to refine the work that we do so that we can try to grow more, as well as meet expectations.”

New Hanover County Schools had the highest percentage of proficient students in southeastern NC and scored nine points better than the state average.

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7 Comments on "Schools get look at scores under new standards"

2015 years 9 months ago

Sounds like jr barefoot didn’t get a very good education. Teachers in this area are from EVERYWHERE not just UNCW. App State, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, ECU, Clemson, Virginia Tech. That’s a rundown of some of the Alma maters that my daughters’ teachers have had over the course of their studies. It has more to do with a changing of standardized tests this year. This area has had some of the highest test scores in the state the last ten years. While I applaud the fact that you actually took some time to do a little research before you made your moronic post (most of your type don’t), you really should make sure that research is relevant.

2015 years 9 months ago

A lot of people become teachers because they cannot hack their chosen course of study. They get into college and find that the classes they have to take under their major are too hard, so they fall back on education because it is an easier course. I have seen numbers from more than one source that state that education majors are towards the bottom of the pile when it comes to IQ. Engineering majors are at the top with 133, (if I remember right) and education majors are at 110. I also came across a study that indicates that a person’s IQ can be determined by one’s SAT results. When the SAT translates into IQ, education majors are at approximately 99.

Maybe that’s why they cannot realize that teachers in North Carolina make more than the average salary for the state. That may also be the reason why they don’t realize that they are the only ones who work overtime. They aren’t the only state employees who got a reduction in what the insurance covers while having to pay a higher premium. Maybe that’s why they cannot do the math that clearly shows that they get more time off than other state employees. Also, they are not the only people who haven’t been getting raises.

I have experienced teachers who love what they do and are really good at what they do, but they are few and far between. As for the rest, they should be grateful for what they do have instead of complaining about what they don’t have. Do they not know that there are a lot of people without jobs? Or do they just not care? Things are tough all over.

A teacher
2015 years 9 months ago

Did you even read the article? That report was based on laughable standards… When a credited institution gets a mediocre score from a poorly run study, why is that news?

I think the current state of our education system, being undervalued by the community, being 47th in teacher pay, having tenure taken away, having the 6th teaching standard added by nc dpi, instilling a new curriculum with very limited resources, not being able to pay off student loans on beginning teacher salary, etc.. are more likely reasons of a lack of desire to teach than pointing the finger at UNCW.

First thing you learn about when you start taking your education classes is how tests are “normed” and how scores ebb and flow when a new curriculum/test is developed. This was all very much expected by those of us who went to school for this.

jr barefoot
2015 years 9 months ago

It probably has to do more with the teachers who receive their education from UNCW. Some of them just do not know how to teach or really don’t have the desire to teach. They saw it as a way to have a job in a limited job environment and a way to stay here in Wilmington. According to the Star News: A national report on teacher education programs gave a middle-of-the-road ranking to the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Watson College of Education (http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130630/articles/130639991

2015 years 9 months ago

Yeah. That’s right. Blame teachers with a hypothetical reason that has no basis in reality.

How likely is it that a person would pursue a career path including a 4-year degree and an unpaid internship leading to a job with marginal pay and lots of work hours where he or she is expected to spend personal funds because society won’t accept the tax increases it takes to provide a basic education for our children?

Please go to your local school and find these slacker teachers who are just showing up for a paycheck.

Really. Please call them out, so we can get rid of these alleged moochers.

Broad brush strokes disparaging the entire profession are baseless and childish.

2015 years 9 months ago

I have a PhD and a genius level IQ. After being fired from a six figure job (because I understand math) I tried to teach to give back and make a living in my own backyard. I can tell you, using my IQ and experience as a basis, that the teachers are not the problem. The problem is the state legislature and the people running the school system, who have the IQs of turnips and who dump garbage on teachers and then ask them to do 4-5 jobs in addition to the job they were hired to perform.. I lasted about a month then quit. I would rather dig ditches and think about relativity than work in the NC school system. Although, it looks as if I won’t need to, but I will will have to take a job in DC – even more idiots there. Wish me luck, and all of us luck for our country that is being run by bureaucrats with IQs of 100 or below all because they were either born rich or have rich friends.

2015 years 9 months ago

These guidelines are crap! They are set to judge the teachers. The teachers can only teach. The kids have to be willing to listen and learn. If they are not interested, then when it comes time for them to test, the teachers look bad. Also, stop teaching to the test and get back to basics or this country is going to hell. Oh , it is already there!
Seriously, let’s stop blaming the teachers for the kids scores.


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