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In the the N. C. Department of Public Instruction's READY accountability report released on September 1, the data revealed that students in Randolph County are showing continuous improvement. On September 2, The Courier-Tribune published the following article regarding the release of the data.

By Kathi Keys  kkeys@courier-tribune.com @KathiKeysCT

ASHEBORO — Local students are experiencing continuous improvement which is evident in data released Thursday by the state for the 2015-16 school year.

This information is contained in the READY accountability report released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to the State Board of Education during its monthly meeting.

The data ranges from third-grade reading scores to the Class of 2016 graduation rate. It comes from several indicators including student performance on end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments based on five achievement levels, overall student proficiency on end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments, academic growth, school performance grades and four- and five-year cohort graduation rates.

A key measure is student growth which reflects how well students learned during the past school year and, in turn, how their schools fared.

Growth accounts for 20 percent of the individual school performance grades which have been given for a third year. The remaining 80percent is based on a school’s achievement.

Grades ranged from A+ to D, with no school receiving a F this year, for all local public and charter schools including Asheboro City Schools, the Randolph County School System and Uwharrie Charter Academy. Most schools either exceeded or met growth for last school year, too.

Dr . Stephen Gainey, Randolph’s school superintendent, was especially pleased with the score gains shown by county schools in their school performance grades. He said many schools retained their same letter grades, but made considerable improvement in increasing their total school performance scores.

As an example, Gainey pointed out that Level Cross Elementary again received a C, but its score, on the 15-point scale for this letter grade, went from the lowest number, 55, for the 2014-15 school year to the highest, 69, for the 2015-16 year.

He was also proud of the increase in students’ proficiency scores, noting that for the 2012-13 school year, when the current READY accountability model began, 26 county schools had composite scores of less than 50 percent and only two schools’ scores were above 60 percent. For the 2015-16 school year, four schools have composite scores less than 50 percent and 12 are above 60 percent, the remaining between 50 and 60 percent.

"That’s a real trend," he said about this improvement. "I’m pleased, but we still have a lot of work to do," Gainey also said about the results.

Dr. Terry Worrell, Asheboro school superintendent, said, "We are encouraged by our schools who made ‘high growth’." These were North Asheboro Middle, Balfour Elementary and Asheboro High. "We are pleased that seven of our school s met expected growth and our overall grade level proficiency on the Grade 3-8 Math, Science, English 2 and Math 1 increased. We are also proud of our grade level proficiency composite which has improved to 53.4 percent, an 8.4 percent increase over the past two years."

She also said, "It’s very important to note that school performance grades are only one point among a variety of many more important measures. No single grade tells the whole story of a student, and the same applies for school performance grades.

For Asheboro City:

¦ Three schools exceeding growth were Balfour Elementary, North Asheboro Middle and Asheboro High.

¦ Four schools meeting growth were Charles W. Mc-Crary, Guy B. Teachey and Lindley Park elemen taries and South Asheboro Middle.

¦ One school not meeting growth was Donna Lee Loflin Elementary.

Also, school performance grades of C and D were received as follows:

¦C — Charles W. McCrary, Guy B. Teachey and Lindley Park elementaries; North and South Asheboro middle schools, and Asheboro High.

¦ D — Balfour and Donna Lee Loflin elementaries.

For Randolph County:

¦ Twelve schools exceeding growth were Archdale, Coleridge, Level Cross, Ramseur, Seagrove, Southmont, Tabernacle and Trinity elementary schools and Randleman, Randolph Early C ollege, Southwestern Randolph and Wheatmore high schools.

¦ Eleven schools meeting growth were Farmer, Grays Chapel, Hopewell, John Lawrence, New Market, Randleman and Trindale elementary schools; Northeastern Randolph and Southwestern Randolph middle schools, and Providence Grove and Trinity high schools.

¦ Eight schools not meeting growth were Franklinville and Liberty elementary schools; Archdale-Trinity, Braxton Craven, Randleman, Southeastern Randolph and Uwharrie middle schools, and Eastern Randolph High.

Also, school performance grades ranging from A+ to D were received as follows:

¦ A+— Randolph Early College High School.

¦B— Archdale, Hopewell, New Market and Trindale elementary schools and Southwestern Randolph and Wheatmore high schools.

¦ C — Coleridge, Farmer, Franklinville, Grays Chapel, John Lawrence, Level Cross, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Southmont, Tabernacle and Trinity elementary schools; Archdale-Trinity, Braxton Craven, Northeastern Randolph and Southwestern Randolph middle schools, and Eastern Randolph, Providence Grove, Randleman and Trinity high schools.

¦ D — Liberty Elementary School and Randleman, Southeastern Randolph and Uwharrie middle schools.

For Uwharrie Charter:

Uwharrie Charter Academy operated its first year as a grades 6-12 public charter school for the 201516 school year. The state report shows overall data for the grades 6-12 school.

UCA did not meet growth for the school year and received a C for its school performance grade.

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Each school’s detailed school accountability data can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/

 

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