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North Carolina releases ABCs results for the 2009-2010 school year

Posted Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - The State Board of Education released results from its ABCs testing and accountability model on Thursday, August 5.

The ABCs of Public Education is the state school improvement program. It began in the 1996-1997 school year and has three primary goals: 1) strengthen local school accountability; 2) emphasize mastery of basic subjects; and 3) provide as much local decision-making as possible.

State standardized tests judge proficiency on a scale of one to four (I-IV). Students must achieve III or IV in order to be considered proficient. The levels of state recognition are:
• Honor School of Excellence = 90-100% of students at/above Level III, making expected/high growth and meeting federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
• School of Distinction = 80-89% of students at/above Level III, making expected/high growth.
• School of Progress = 60-79% of students at/above Level III, making expected/high growth.
• Priority School = less than 60% of students at/above Level III and achieving expected/high growth.

Seven schools earned School of Distinction status. They are: Bennett, Bonlee, Moncure, North Chatham, Perry Harrison, Silk Hope and Northwood High School. Four schools earned School of Progress status. They are: Horton, J.S. Waters, Pittsboro Elementary, and Siler City Elementary. Though it did not receive recognition status, Chatham Central High School’s students scored an overall proficiency of 85.3 percent. It should also be noted that SAGE Academy, the district’s alternative school, is judged on a different model than traditional schools.

The state’s growth model assesses how much students improved academically. Eight schools achieved “high growth,” meaning their students exceeded the expected level of academic growth. Those schools are: Bennett, Bonlee, Chatham Middle, Horton, J.S. Waters, Moncure, Siler City Elementary, and Silk Hope. Four other schools, in addition to those that met “high growth,” met “expected growth.” They are North Chatham, Perry Harrison, Pittsboro Elementary, and Northwood.

“We are proud of the improved achievement of our students. Overall we experienced an increase in the number of students proficient in reading and science, and math remained about the same. The number of schools earning School of Distinction status and “high growth” also increased. It should be noted that this continued increase in student achievement is occurring in a time of diminishing financial resources. I want to thank our teachers and administrators for an outstanding job in a very difficult time. Chatham County Schools will continue to strive for academic proficiency for all our students,” commented Superintendent Robert Logan.

In 2008-2009, five district schools earned “School of Distinction” status. Those schools were Bennett, Bonlee, North Chatham, Perry Harrison, and Silk Hope. Six schools in the district achieved “high growth.” Those schools were: Bennett, Chatham Central High School, Horton Middle, Siler City Elementary, SAGE and Silk Hope. SAGE Academy, the district alternative school, is evaluated on a different model than other schools. Eight of the district’s schools met “expected growth.” They were Bonlee, Chatham Middle, J.S. Waters, Moncure, North Chatham, Perry Harrison, Pittsboro Elementary, and Northwood High School also met “expected growth.”

The federal accountability measure, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is different from the North Carolina ABCs program, but uses some of the same testing data in determining AYP status.

Additional ABCs information is available on the Chatham County Schools website and on the state ABCs site.

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