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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's that time of the year again. Summer is over, and kids are back in class. But how did their schools perform last year?

The state released accountability and testing results for the last school year.

"Since we had four additional schools to not meet their growth targets, that it's a disappointing year," Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden said.

Pruden says reading scores improved slightly, while science scores soared to new heights. But he says there are areas for improvement.

"We did not keep up with state growth in math, so that's an area we're going to drill down deep into our data and see where we need to work harder," he said.

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New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley says he is pleased with his district's results.

"All of our schools improved over the last year, which was the first sign of encouragement," Markley said. "Looking at our data regionally we seem to be comparatively ahead of the region in terms of our scores, so we are pleased with that."

Markley says more than 80 percent of schools met or exceeded their growth targets, but he was not as happy with graduation rates.

"Our graduation rate is over 80 percent, but it didn't grow this year," Markley said. "So that's an area we're going to focus on heading into next year is to improve our graduation rate."

He says their goal is to bump that up to 85 percent this year.

Columbus County Schools says they also hope to increase graduation rates.

Pender County Schools says their strong points were graduation rates and science scores.

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Charter School Back-Patters.

So you're telling me that a school who is allowed to cherry pick their students, is under no requirement to educate children with behavioral or developmental issues, doesn't offer education to children who are English as Second Language, require special needs etc. etc., scores higher on tests? Thanks for dropping that knowledge bomb on us. When they are required to provide the same services to ALL students (like other public schools), not just who they choose, then we can compare "apples to apples". Until then, forgive me if I greet your "Facts" with a hardy "Who gives a crap." The fact that money that is being redirected from public schools to these de-facto private, for profit schools is part of the problem.

If the public schools were

If the public schools were getting the job done, then there wouldn't be a need for these kinds of schools.

Here is the Truth.. Here are the facts!

Lets give some credit were credit is due please. As a parent I am tired of only hearing negative press about a school system that is outperforming their counterparts and the state. If only public schools were as proficient at educating our kids. Maybe Mr Pruden needs to be have more prudence in leading county schools to better outcomes. Infact it doesnt take to much common sense to determine why he is so willing and ready to smear this school and its leaders. They are making him look incompetent! Do you think that is the reason he is so against more charter schools in Brunswick County? I would be if I were him.
Now see below for the REAL STORY and REAL HARD TRUTH.
EOG score reports released, RBA charters top counties again
FASTAR Comp1Leland – 2013-14 End-of-Grade (EOG) score reports, released by the State today, reveal both of The Roger Bacon Academy’s (RBA) EOG-eligible charter schools were the top scorers in their respective counties. Charter Day School in Leland was Brunswick County’s top performer, while Columbus Charter School in Whiteville was the top scorer in Columbus County.
The company manages two other public, tuition-free charters that did not take EOG tests in 2013-14, as South Brunswick Charter in Southport only opened this July, and Douglass Academy in Wilmington served grades K-2 in its first year. EOG testing begins in grade 3.
Charter Day School in Leland was Brunswick County’s top performer, while Columbus Charter School in Whiteville was the top scorer in Columbus County.
Columbus Charter School in Columbus County was the county’s top-scoring school and outscored both state and county averages in every subject area as revealed by the data. Established in 2007, Columbus Charter School currently has 891 students in grades K-8. Their students scored “Proficient” on 61.7% of all tests taken in English, math, and science, which was the highest of all schools in the county. More staggering is their performance compared to the county’s— a full 18.2 percentage points higher—than the county’s 43.5% proficiency rate, which fell nearly 13 percentage points below the state average.
EOG Results 2013-14 Percent of Students Proficient Percent of Targets Met Growth Status
All Subjects Math ELA/ Reading Science State
Columbus Charter 61.7 57.4 58.9 84.2 88.9 Met
State 56.3 51.1 56.4 67.7 55.2 N/A
Columbus County 43.5 36.2 45.3 51.3 52.7 N/A
In Brunswick County, students at Charter Day School also had an average “Proficient” percentage rating higher than the state or either Brunswick or New Hanover County. Established in 2000, Charter Day School currently has 923 students in grades K-8, and their students scored “Proficient” on 72.1% of all tests taken. Again, this number is drastically higher than Brunswick County’s proficiency rate, at 17.3 percentage points higher than the county’s proficiency rate of 54.8%, again below the state average. Charter Day School also outperformed the neighboring New Hanover County district, and again the state average by 15.8 percentage points.
EOG Results 2013-14 Percent Proficient Percent of Targets Met Growth Status
All Subjects Math ELA/ Reading Science State
Charter Day School 72.1 69.2 70.4 84.7 100.0 Exceeds
State 56.3 51.1 56.4 67.7 55.2 N/A
Brunswick County 54.8 46.4 57.6 64.9 71.9 N/A
New Hanover County 64.0 60.0 63.4 76.3 85.2 N/A
More staggering is their performance compared to the county’s— a full 18.2 percentage points higher—than the county’s 43.5% proficiency rate, which fell nearly 13 percentage points below the state average.

This is called...

more bang for the taxpayer buck. While Pruden can whine all he wants, until his county's school system can reach the levels of RBA...he needs to take a long, hard look at what the taxpayers are getting for the dollars they're paying in terms of supporting public schools.

Brunswick County, just like New Hanover County, is a top-heavy, monolithic organization that runs the school systems.