Report provides insight on if schools make the grade

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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