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State releases ABCs data

Posted Friday, August 5, 2005

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released results of the ABCs accountability model. North Carolina has this plan in place to emphasize educational basics and high educational standards. Current results are based on testing data from the 2004-2005 school year.

“I want to commend our students for the quality work they did throughout the 2004-2005 school year. Our students, staff, families, and the community have created a strong team to propel our students up the ladder of academic success. We can never overstress the value of all our support each year as our schools work to meet the ever increasing state and federal standards,” noted Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools.

In Chatham County Schools, four schools earned the highest designation of Honor School of Excellence. They were Bonlee School, North Chatham School, Perry Harrison School, and Silk Hope School. In order to be an Honor School of Excellence, at least ninety percent of students must test at or above Level III (of a possible Level IV); the school must make expected or high growth; and the school must meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards.

Four schools in the district earned the designation of School of Distinction. They are Chatham Central High School, Chatham Middle School, Horton Middle School, and JS Waters School. To qualify as a School of Distinction, eighty to eighty-nine percent of students must test at or above Level III and the school must make expected or high growth. Last year Chatham Central became the first county high school to earn the School of Distinction rating.

Three schools in Chatham County Schools earned the designation of School of Progress. They were Jordan-Matthews High School, Northwood High School, and Pittsboro Elementary School. In order to meet the requirements to be a School of Progress, sixty to seventy-nine percent of students must test at or above Level III and the school must make expected or high growth.

Other schools in the system did not receive recognition status for a variety of reasons. For instance, SAGE Academy, the alternative high school, is judged on a different model than traditional schools.

“The State Board of Education recently made the decision to drop the sixth grade reading scores from the accountability model due to a need to realign the formula to stay current with an updated Standard Course of Study. This is great news for our schools since they have worked so diligently in trying to meet the needs of every child. We are happy that the State Board of Education is giving recognition for the efforts and achievement that our schools have earned,” said Alphia Cheek, Director of Testing for Chatham County Schools.

Third through eighth grade students in North Carolina schools have end-of-grade testing in reading and mathematics. Certain high school courses have end-of-course tests. They are algebra I, algebra II, geometry, English I, biology, chemistry, physical science, and physics. All other high school courses have final exams, but they are not used by the state in determining ABCs results. Two social studies courses, Economic, Legal and Political Systems (ELPS) and US History have previously been state tested subjects, but they were not tested in the 2004-2005 school year.

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