North East Carolina Prep School scored in the top 3 percent of the 2,523 schools in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Public Instruction’s 2021-22 Performance and Growth Report released on Sept. 1.
North East prep’s school growth rate was 97.0 and the highest in Edgecombe County, edging Edgecombe Early College High School’s 96.1 growth rate.
School Testing Director Dennis Hart said the 97.0 is the highest in the school’s history and sixth-highest among all charter schools in the state.
The growth rate also caused North East prep to be ranked No. 6 in growth out of the state’s 196 charters that received a grade.
The school’s performance grade was 60, which trailed the early college high school’s 89, which was the highest in the county. A 60 is a C while an 89 is an A.
Hart said the 60 is an improvement over North East prep’s 2018-19 results when the school received a letter grade of C and a score of 55 and better than 2017-18 when the letter grade was a C with a score of 59.
The school performance grade, Hart said, is a combination of both the achievement score and the growth score.
Achievement comprises 80 percent of the grade while growth comprises 20 percent.
Hart said the growth score is based on what students were projected to score and what they scored on the proficiency tests.
The achievement score is based on the four-year graduation rate, the percentage of students who score at Level 3 or higher on the End of Grade/End of Course tests, make a 19 or higher on the ACT and earn a silver or higher certificate on the ACT WorkKeys.
“We’re very pleased with our results, especially coming out of the pandemic,” North East prep board President Anne Mann said. “Our students and staff worked hard to ensure we maintained our performance levels and were successful.”