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Posted Sunday, February 8, 2015
Chatham County, NC – On February 5, 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education released School Report Card information for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Chatham Chamber of Commerce has submitted a letter of concern to the legislative delegation of Chatham County. The letter highlights the Chamber’s confidence in the Chatham County School District. Furthermore, the Chamber requests that the release of School Report Card letter grades be delayed until a formula is created that provides an accurate reflection of student growth and achievement. An excerpt from the letter states, “Our organization is confident in the Chatham County School system and its leadership in our community. It would be regretful and detrimental to have one of our schools labeled with a “grade” that is not an accurate portrayal of the true performance of the school.”
Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan responds, “We believe in the value of public education and know that each of us is and should be accountable for our daily work with students. The Report Cards have the potential to provide a resource for parents and communities to assess the work of their schools. The letter grade that will be provided this year is simply not reflective of student growth and achievement and minimizes many of the individual successes we see daily. I am delighted by the Chamber’s willingness to share this letter on our behalf. It is a wonderful testament to our community partners’ faith in our public school district.”