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Board touts school performance

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Principals and other representatives of 12 schools receive certificates Monday at the Nash-Rocky Mount school board meeting.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, December 11, 2017

As the final version of the 2016-17 school report cards were released this week on a new user-friendly website, 14 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools were honored for last year’s academic growth at this week’s school board meeting.

During Monday’s meeting of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education, principals or other representatives of 12 area schools received certificates recognizing them for meeting academic growth in the 2016-17 school year. The certificates, which were issued by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, were signed N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson.

The schools that met growth were Coopers Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Bailey Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, Southern Nash Middle, Edwards Middle, Red Oak Middle, Tar River Academy, Rocky Mount High and the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School.

The Early College High School was also issued a certificate for having a 100 percent graduation rate for the 2016-17 academic year, according to a press release from the school district.

Nashville Elementary and Spring Hope Elementary received special recognition for exceeding expected academic growth for the 2016-17 school year.

“I am so proud of these 14 schools for what they accomplished during the 2016-2017 academic year. I am appreciative of the leadership and staff at these schools for their hard work and dedication that led to this great achievement,” Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies said in the press release.

Johnson recently unveiled a completely redesigned, user-friendly NC School Report Cards website. The new website is color-coded to easily identify schools that made or exceeded growth and provides information about school grades and demographics in a clearer format that is also accessible on mobile devices.

“The brand-new website, schoolreportcards.nc.gov, is a resource for parents and educators that provides the transparency they need into the characteristics and performance of our public schools in an easy-to-use format,” Johnson said in a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. “As a parent, I believe this is the kind of information the public needs about our schools in an accessible format we can all understand. As a former ninth-grade teacher, I am particularly excited to launch the student-readiness indicator, which shows how prepared students are when they enter a school.”

The 2017 release of the online report card includes two new features. It provides information related to Career and Technical Education, including what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials that have been earned by students at each school. The second is a student-readiness indicator, which shows the percentage of students entering a school’s lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year. The student-readiness indicator, along with information about the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, provide context to the test scores and other information that is provided, the press release explained.

On the website, report cards are provided for all North Carolina public schools, including charter and alternative schools. While many parents and caregivers will receive a printed version of the report card for their child’s school, the website contains additional data and information about the indicators that are difficult to capture in a printed document, the press release said.

Though the new website also allows for side-by-side school comparisons, state officials say these comparisons should not be used to rank schools since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations and programs offered.

To view the new North Carolina Public Schools report cards, go to https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src.

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