WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Schools across our five-county area now know what to celebrate and where they need work. The State Board of Education released end-of-year test results today.
The ABC accountability model measures school achievement in three ways: How proficient its students are; the school's academic growth; and it's AYP score or, Annual Yearly Progress.
Columbus County Schools have a lot to celebrate. For the first year, it was designated as a high growth district, and that's not all.
"Our drop out rate was cut in half this year with the state dropout rate," superintendent Dan Strickland said.
And while the numbers represent some of the successes, they also represent some of the challenges that lie ahead. Compared to 75 last year, only 16 schools across the state were designated as low performing. One of those was the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw.
"Are we where we want to be? Of course not," Strickland said. "There's room for growth, and that's what we're going to be looking at. How we can improve this coming year?"
In Pender County, seven schools are above 80 percent proficient.
"Our principals, teachers and students remained focused despite the challenges of larger classes in some cases, fewer resources and uncertainty resulting from the budget situation," superintentdent Allison Sholar said in a statement. "I am extremely proud of the efforts made by our students and staff to move to higher levels of proficiency."
Statewide, more schools met or exceeded expectations and fewer schools were lower performing.
To see how your child's school did, visit http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs/.
PENDER COUNTY'S REACTION:
Pender County Schools Meet High Growth As a District
Pender County Schools continue to make progress in the number of students reaching proficiency under the state testing mandates. “On state tests, more Pender County students are at proficiency than ever before,” Allison Sholar, Superintendent of Pender County Schools said. She added, “2009 ABC proficiency for the school district was 76.7% and in 2010 it rose to 82.3%.”
All schools in Pender County met growth except Pender Early College, which was already at 95.8% proficient. Topsail High School and South Topsail Elementary School earned high growth and the state’s highest recognition as Honor Schools of Excellence.
Seven of Pender’s schools are over and well above 80% proficient. The school district increased grade 3-8 reading and math End of Grade (EOG) proficiency rates and high school End of Course (EOC) proficiency rates. The graduation rate increased 11% from 69.2% in 2009 to 80.25% in 2010. Additionally, 24.3% of Limited English Proficient students attained English proficiency, which is well above North Carolina’s requirement of 14.7% of LEP students to attain proficiency. This achievement will allow Pender County to come out of Title III LEA Improvement.
“Our principals, teachers, and students remained focused despite the challenges of larger classes in some cases, fewer resources, and uncertainty resulting from the budget situation,” said Sholar. She added, “As a district, our schools attained high growth status and I am extremely proud of the efforts made by our students and staff to move to higher levels of proficiency.”
The complete ABCs report includes AYP and information about student achievement, growth, and the percentage of students in each school who are performing at or above grade level. Visit the Pender County School system’s website, www.pendercountyschools.net to view the results. A detailed overview of district results will be presented during the August 9, 2010 Board of Education meeting.