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.
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.