NC Releases Annual Progress Report On Test Scores

Many of North Carolina's 2,500 schools failed to meet the grade for adequate yearly progress.

Only two of Beaufort County's 14 schools met all of their goals. Five out of 16 schools in Carteret County passed. Almost half of Craven County schools made the mark. Lenoir County had three of their 17 schools pass. In Onslow County, three of the 35 schools met their goals. Pitt County did not have any of its 36 schools pass.

The schools that fail two years in a row in the same subject have to give parents the option to transfer their child to another school.

The results are preliminary, and Beaufort County Schools Superintendent says these results should not be used a sole indicator of success. In order to pass the AYP, a school must meet 100 percent of its targets.

You can click the related link below to check AYP results for every school in the state.

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New data will show how North Carolina's public schools stack up against federal performance standards.

The state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday releases how many children in different categories and how many schools met standards for adequate yearly progress in the school year that wrapped up in June.

Schools are required by the decade-old federal No Child Left Behind law to measure the reading and mathematics abilities of students every year. All public school children are required to perform at grade level in three years.

This year's proficiency targets are for 72 percent of students in grades 3-8 to read at grade level and for 89 percent to meet math standards. For 10th graders, 69 percent must be proficient in reading and 84 percent in mathematics.

You can click the related link below to check all AYP results.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    Teachers make very little with a 4 year degree and TA's would make even less. Why not make it a requirement to be able to afford children before you have them.
  • by Parent of 3 Location: Pitt County on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    If Teacher Assistants want to keep their jobs, PCS should raise the minimum standard to a four year degree.
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      by Barbara on Jul 28, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to Parent of 3
      Why in the world would anyone with a four year degree want to work for teacher assistants' pay? If they like working with the kids, they might as well become teachers. They still won't make much money, but it is better than teacher assistant pay.
  • by teacher and parent Location: greenville on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    I have seen Pitt COunty schools spiral son has one more year, and he graduates..some of his favorite excellent teachers at Rose are being let go...when my grandchildren begin school, I will send them to private schools...I am fed up, and I have taught for 30 years,,,and am an excellent teacher.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    What link??
  • by NOTSURPRISED Location: RKYMT on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    I'm not surprised by the new findings. I'm just glad that my kids are not at Pitt County schools. At least they have a chance in Nash County
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      by CountyStudent on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:17 AM in reply to NOTSURPRISED
      I don't believe that blaming Pitt County Schools as a whole is the correct thing to do here. There are plenty of educated graduates that go to great universities to become very successful adults. This is about a percentage of students that don't care and don't take schooling seriously. Pitt County Schools are not bad schools at all. There are many talented teachers in this county that work very hard every years to TEACH students, not prepare them for tests. The states has a ineffective system for grading the schools, thus making it almost impossible for the schools to pass. If you want a good school, kick out everyone that doesn't want to be there or doesn't seem as though it is important to get an education.
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        by Good point on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to CountyStudent
        AMEN-->"If you want a good school, kick out everyone that doesn't want to be there or doesn't seem as though it is important to get an education." If only it were that easy!! I was a substitute and I can tell you that there are passionate teachers that want their students to succeed. When you have those few students, who don't care at all and their parents don't either, for that matter, then the classroom becomes a battle of wills and sadly everyone suffers. I've seen it too many times and dealt with that situation myself. My children pass their EOG's with 4's every year, but they are sick of the discipline problem kids being in their classroom disrupting. School is a facility to learn, not a babysitting service. When alternative schools are provided, send the problem kids there and give those children who truly want an education a fair shot at getting one.
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          by AYP on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to Good point
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          by sue on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to Good point
          AMEN, I agree. The trouble makers need to leave our schools. Our children that want to learn need to have that chance.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to NOTSURPRISED
      As a teacher in Pitt County, I could tell you MANY stories of students who receive the test and answer sheet and finish in 5 minutes. We have students who DON'T CARE. Just a few of these students (literally a handful) will throw off the numbers for one sub-group, thus deeming the school to have not met standards. It's hard to understand when you know nothing of the situation, but by all means continue to spout drivel.
  • by P on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    Gotta look at the home it all starts there!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    Why are we allowing the school systems to teach all year long for one test. Go back to the basics and teach more than just the test. Why not just get rid of that stupid test altogether. I don't think that all year you learn and then it comes down to the EOGs.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 04:17 AM in reply to
      EXACTLY! NCLB does not work yet we keep shoving it on our education system.
  • by DS1 on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    NC, along with most other schools is the south lag far behind the rest of the country.
  • by saywha? Location: Washington on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    Y'all do understand that NCLB has up to 9 sub-groups per school and if any single sub-group doesn't meet the AYP then the entire school is considered to have not met AYP even if that sub-group accounts for only a small % of the students. The typical school that fails AYP will have had 7 or 8 sub-groups meet AYP with only 1 or 2 not and generally the exceptional children sub-group will be 1 of those not meeting AYP. While I generally support the idea behind NCLB the way schools are graded with an "all or nothing AYP standard" is incredibly misleading to parents and a factor in low teacher morale.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to saywha?
      And they're expecting a huge jump in percentages now on success - up to 89% in some categories and thats just not going to happen. The next increase in percentage will be 100% in 2013. No school will ever make AYP then. I doubt many will make it now.
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      by uh on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to saywha?
      It also prevents the school from neglecting subgroups, which seems to be a trend in ENC.
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      by hope on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:34 PM in reply to saywha?
      be patient. soon they will dummy the standards down even more and more schools will meet the requirements. meanwhile, we will continue to dine whilst pretending the elephant (donkey, whatever) isn't sitting on the dining room table.
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      by MR FTFW on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM in reply to saywha?
      You assessment is dead on and you are almost 100 percent correct. The one correction is that schools can have more than 9 subgroups, with some in Pitt County, for example, having 25. NCLB needs to switch to a growth model because that would show how much student achievement grew during the school year based on how the students did during the previous two years. The state's growth model does that and requires a student to be enrolled at the school at least 140 of 180 school days to be included. AYP on the other hand counts all students, even if they enrolled the day before the test. One last thing to keep in mind is that in 2014, when the law is fully implemented, 100% of all students in all subgroups will have to pass each test for the school to make AYP. Simply put, one student who doesn't try because he or she doesn't care would be enough for the entire school to be deemed as failing.
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        by AYP on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:51 PM in reply to MR FTFW
        Correction -You must be enrolled 140 days to count for AYP.
  • by businessman Location: greenville on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Pitt county 0 of 36 schools meet AYP goals. How is that 2005 redistricting plan working out for you school board members. I guess putting a group of students that don't care about learning beside a group of children that want to learn does not work. Neighborhood schools will fix this problem. Pitt Co will have most schools meeting goals and a few that won't. There is nothing we can do about parents that don't help their children.
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      by MR FTFW on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to businessman
      What a surprise that somebody would blame this all on redistricting (yep, that's sarcasm). I have just one question for you Mr. Businessman: What year was your name on the ballot to run for a seat on the school board that you so quickly blame?
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      by Pitt County Taxpayer on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to businessman
      That's what you get when you have as many as 12 school board members. The school board is a joke and wants to cut teachers, when you actually need MORE TEACHERS due to the growth of the schools.
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      by Melissa on Jul 22, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to businessman
      You hit the nail on the head, businessman! This needs to be a wake-up call for the school board. Sad, sad, sad!
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