Annual Test Scores Results Released In NC

Report cards are in for North Carolina's public schools.

State school officials on Thursday released the annual ABCs of Public Education report, which shows how students performed on end-of-the year and end-of-course tests taken in grades 3 through 12.

The report shows rising high school graduation rates and fewer students meeting a key learning standard.

Graduation rates improved in 2011 with almost 8 out of 10 students completing high school four years after they start. School officials say that's the highest ever reported in North Carolina.

But the schools meeting academic growth standards fell from 88 percent in 2009-10 to 81 percent last year.

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The report cards are in for North Carolina's public schools.

State school officials on Thursday release the annual ABCs of Public Education report, which shows how students performed on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken in grades 3 through 12. Schools will be named as highest and lowest performers.

The 15-year-old ABCs program used to determine whether teachers at schools that are making progress on test scores would get bonuses. But the General Assembly hasn't made that cash available in recent years of budget crisis.

A separate report will show how the state performed overall on student reading and mathematics scores required by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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  • by ace Location: j ville on Aug 11, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    These test scores reflect the uncaring, non support and thought process of parents.
  • by Factoid on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    NC schools rank in the bottom third in the U.S.
  • by Parent/Teacher on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    Guys-if any school system really cares about their kids, then they need to forget about meeting "numbers" and "scores" and focus on the children. If you want scores to increase, then stop passing children from grade to grade that have not mastered the material taught or too lazy to do the work. You are doing more harm to the child then the embarrassment they would receive from repeating a grade or class. All children are not the same. It may take some children longer to master the material and that is ok. Administration needs not to pass them on like they are in a "factory". If they did not master the material from the previous grade, how can they pass the test for the next year and be on grade level? They can't and this is unfair to hold the teacher in the next grade responsible. Passing children on when they are not ready only leads to greater frustration for the child and a higher dropout rate at the high school level. Students know if they should be passed or not. Passing children when they should fail teaches them that they do not have to do any work to succeed. Parents also need to take an active role in their child's learning. They play a more important role then the teacher. Parents need to take an active role in their child's education. They need value education and make it a top priority. Find out what your child is doing in school and make your child do their homework. Don't wait for the progress report or report card to come before you get involved.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    Well, the reason why education in many countries is superior is because they don't expect every child to attend a university. Instead, they weed out the week after a certain point and focus on the strong and prepare them for college.
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      by Also retired(and tired) on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to
      That's a simplistic answer and incorrect. The country that I was referring to is Finland, and their public education system does not track and expects all the students to attend higher learning, whether its technical or traditional college. All income levels are held to the same high standards and the culture is very supportive of eduction and respectful of teachers. Teachers have become the scapegoat in our society for the huge mistakes of our government leaders and local communities. Our culture does not support our children in a caring and intelligent manner. Teachers are at least doing this for the most part, even though they are not appreciated by society for doing so.
  • by Retired this year! on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    The thing is that most of the public really doesn't understand what AYP is... Schools have subgroups--such as black, black male, exceptional children, free and reduces lunch, etc. It is hard to get 80 % on grade level when in all years before they never were. Also the percentage proficiency goes up each year.. I could get a child to make more than a years growth , but could not get them on grade level!! Impossible,,, Some have come to me in 5th grade on a first grade reading level!! Also many of the same students can be in different subgroups. So if they are white, male, and get free lunch, that is three subgroups that the schools fails to meet if that child doesn't meet percentage.. AYP was created to show schools to be failing.. Sounds good in theory--not realistic!Why--because of what some have stated on here..Lack of parental involvement, and no appreciation for an education! And tell me how it is fair to test children that have mental handicaps??It is so frustrating for these sweet children.. So unfair.. Until this changes, certain schools will continue to fail!!
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      by Also retired(and tired) on Aug 5, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to Retired this year!
      The whole NCLB system was created by politicians and businessmen who know nothing about what it really takes to educate our children. We are falling behind worldwide and the reason is that the "accountability" and testing model has become dominate and actual teaching is being destroyed. The country with the highest scores in math, science and reading worldwide does not even test their children on a regular bases, definitely not on standardized testing. One of their teachers was quoted as saying that if they had to work within the american system they would quit. We are producing discouraged and ignorant students who have very unhappy parents because of these power hungry politicians and greedy businessmen who think students are commodities-not complex human beings. To all those hard working teachers and struggling students, please hang in there. You are our future!
  • by Anon Location: Jamesville on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    If the school can't get the grade by what teachers they have then how can you expect the students to. Maybe get rid of the teachers (Math). The ones that aren't teaching need to go. There are lots of great teachers at RHS but some don't care. Math is a hard subject for some kids and they need a little extra help but some don't care. Maybe they will now with the grade they helped RHS get.Yes I agree it starts at home with the care of the parents. Teachers can't do it all or let one slide.
  • by Parent Location: ENC on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Why are Hyde Counties scores so awful(except Ocrakoe and their Early College) when all the counties around them are doing well? This has been going on for several years and the local people aren't outraged enough or brave enough to hold the school board accountable for the people they hire to run the school system. Now you know why so many local people send their students out of the county to private schools so they can get a good education. You can't blame the teachers when the local people don't do their jobs!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:45 AM
    As for Washington Co. ... Teacher's aren't the problem with test scores. My child had good teacher's, however he had the support coming from home also..but after reading our local paper a couple of weeks ago all the blame seems to be put on the teachers. That should stop...look what they have to work with. I wouldn't be a teacher for anything. Low pay, blame, no praise at all. I'd like to say thank you teachers for all you do!!! Maybe if teachers had more support things would improve.
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      by get of teachers back on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:29 AM in reply to
      Finally, someone who understands!!!!! All teachers hear is "you aren't trying to help my little johnny" and "my little susie is a good girl"as she starts a riot. parents nowadays are expected to teach everything, while not having anything, and are also expected to be build-in babysitters. Some parents would love to have 24-7 schools so they don't have to deal with thier little ones. step up to the plate and help out with your kids PARENTS.
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      by Anon on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:06 AM in reply to
      I went through Washington Co schools as did my children. I agree with what you have said. I supported my kids and went to the school functions and saw how few parents showed up. Parents need to step up to the plate for a change and stop pointing fingers at everyone else. Do your job as a parent first. If you don't want your children, stop having them!
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      by Momof2 on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:45 AM in reply to
      Just for the record it is like that everywhere. My children have wonderful teachers, in PITT county, but horrible administration. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to ALL the wonderful, devoted teachers out there. It is NOT your job to parent! Parents need to raise their children so teachers can educate them!
  • by Martin County Native Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Riverside High School has only been in existance for 1 year, meaning there is no second straight year of anything yet Sherlock. Same goes with South Creek High School.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to Martin County Native
      Ok Smarty pants, but it was Williamston High School and it still DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT. You can change the name all you want to, but the stain will remain.
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      by Not up to Par on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:02 AM in reply to Martin County Native
      Ok Martin County Sherlock, So how come I got a letter from the Martin County B.O.E. STATING THAT because Riverside had FAILED to achieve it passing marks in it students testing, FOR A SECOND YEAR, that my child may attend another school in Martin County. Riverside High School may only have been OFFICALLY called Riverside for one year, BUT the High Schools FAILURES TO EDUCATE still remains.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    Riverside High School in Williamston did not make the cut for a second year. I was told that when the high schools in Martin Co. were combined that education would be greatly improved. See how well that turned out. The best high schools in Martin Co. were sacrificed so that the worst high schools could continue.
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      by Ex Jamesviller on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to
      Yeah,I remeber about 7 years ago George Bush even recognized jamesville school system to be top notch.
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      by AND??? on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to
      Get over it!!!
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        by what? on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to AND???
        You are saying they should just get over the fact that the school is failing? Sit back and accept mediocrity, that is problem with so many people today.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to AND???
        But we shouldn't have to GET OVER IT because it's FOR THE CHILDREN. Remember NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. All that lottery money that is collected, was supposed to bring ALL SCHOOLS in NC up to par. Has not happened in Williamston has it?!?!?!?!?!
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          by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:04 AM in reply to
          Lottery money wasn't intended to improve academics; just build schools, which in the case of Martin County, it accomplished. And, stop yelling. Yeah, I agree that the money should have went to hire more teachers instead of paying contractors to build huge schools with empty classrooms.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to
          Hey Sherlock, what Martin Co. schools were built with NC lottery money? The lottery was started around 2003 or 2004 (maybe earlier or maybe later). All the schools in Martin Co. were already built by then. And don't try to include the new primary school, it doesn't look as if they have laid brick one, yet, so it's not built yet. And I yelled to emphasize all the liberal talking points. AND I yell because ,after all, it is still a free country.

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