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Less than 50 percent of Chatham students scored well on state writing test

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has released preliminary results of the 2005-06 state writing test. Public school students in North Carolina are assessed in writing at grades four, seven and ten. The 2006 test was administered on March 6. For the first time in several years, writing results will be included in the state ABCs accountability model.

In Chatham County Schools, 47.7 percent of the 480 fourth graders tested scored proficient in 2006. Statewide, fifty percent of fourth graders scored proficient in 2006, an improvement from 2005 when 49.3 percent scored at this level. In Chatham County Schools, fourth grade writing proficiency scores were 42.6 percent in 2005, 37.0 percent in 2004, and 39.8 percent in 2003.

In Chatham County Schools, 49.5 percent of the 499 seventh graders tested scored proficient in 2006. Statewide, 46.2 percent of seventh graders scored proficient in writing, down slightly from 2005 when the proficient rate was 46.7 percent. In Chatham County Schools, seventh grade writing proficiency scores were 43.2 percent in 2005, 53.5 percent in 2004, and 42.5 percent in 2003.

In Chatham County Schools, 46.3 percent of the 589 tenth graders tested scored proficient in 2006. Statewide, 53.2 percent of tenth graders scored proficient, an increase from 2005 when 47.8 percent scored at this level. In Chatham County Schools, tenth grade writing proficiency scores were 51.7 percent in 2005, 58.7 percent in 2004, and 34.3 percent in 2003.

In order to be considered proficient, students must earn a minimum score of twelve on a scale that ranges from a minimum of four to a maximum of twenty. Scores on the writing assessment are reported according to the following achievement levels: Level I, 4-7; Level II, 8-11; Level III, 12-16; and Level IV, 17-20. Scoring at Level III or Level IV is considered proficient.

“We emphasize strong writing skills throughout the curriculum. Lessons that incorporate writing assignments are in core subjects as well as the arts, Career-Technical Education, and foreign language classes. We are pleased with the improvement in fourth and seventh grades and with the ongoing efforts at the high school level. However, to be content would mean we are not always moving forward. Our ongoing goal is to help every student become a proficient writer,” said Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent.

Fourth graders were asked to write an imaginative narrative response to finding an egg under their beds.

Seventh graders were asked to respond with an argumentative evaluation response to the following prompt: A school committee is creating a mural (wall painting) that will feature students' favorite book or movie characters. Only a limited number of characters can be included. Each student has been asked to nominate a character from a book or a movie. Select a character to be featured as part of the mural and write a letter to the school committee justifying your selection.

Tenth graders were asked to write an informational (cause and effect) response to the following prompt: Write a letter to your local school board explaining the effects of a “no-pass, no-play” policy on the students in your school. You may use the following information, your own experience, observations and/or readings. “No-pass, no-play” refers to policy that requires students to maintain passing grades in their core academic subjects to be eligible to participate in extracurricular school activities.

Preliminary state and local writing scores do not include alternate assessment scores. AAP, NCCLAS, and NCExtend2 are alternate assessments that are available for some students with disabilities or students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and have been in enrolled in schools in the United States for less than twenty-four months.

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The Chatham County public school system consists of the following schools:

SAGE Academy
439 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/663-5899 | 919/663-3827 [FAX]
Principal: Ingrid Bimbo
website

Paul Braxton Children's Center
119 S. Third Avenue
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/663-5568
Preschool Coordinator: Vacant

Elementary Schools (K-8)

Bennett School
P.O. Box 107, 61 Randolph Street
Bennett, North Carolina 27208
336/581-3586 | 336/581-4054 [FAX]
Principal: Dorthy Ritter Phillips
website


Bonlee School
P.O. Box 168, State Route 1139
Bonlee, North Carolina 27213
919/837-5316 | 919/837-5583 [FAX]
Principal: Tracy Fowler
Assistant Principal: Brent Cooper
website

J.S. Waters School
55 J.S. Waters School Road
Goldston, North Carolina 27252
919/898-2259 | 919/898-4160 [FAX]
Principal: Gary Yoder
website

Moncure School
P.O. Box 260, 600 Moncure School Road
Moncure, North Carolina 27559
919/542-3725 | 919/542-2035 [FAX]
Interim Principal: George E. Cooper
website

North Chatham School
3380 Lystra Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
919/967-3094 | 919/968-6216 [FAX]
Principal: Mattie Smith
Assistant Principal: Jim L. Pedersen
website

Perry W. Harrison School
2655 Hamlet Chapel Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
919/967-9925 | 919/967-5844 [FAX]
Principal: Valgean Mitchell
Assistant Principal: Brayton Leonhardt
website

Silk Hope School
7945 Gum Springs-Silk Hope Road
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/742-3911 | 919/742-5032 [FAX]
Principal: Janice Frazier
Assistant Principal: Thad Urban
website

Primary Schools (K-4)

Pittsboro Elementary School
375 Pittsboro Elementary School Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
919/542-3987 | 919/542-1146 [FAX]
Principal: David Hamm
Assistant Principal: Mary Stephens
website

Siler City Elementary School
671 Ellington Road
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/663-2032 | 919/742-5591 [FAX]
Principal: Angie Brady-Andrew
Assistant Principal: Allison Buckner

Middle Schools (5-8)

Chatham Middle School
2025 South Second Avenue Extension
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/663-2414 | 919/663-2871 [FAX]
Principal: Brenda Griffin
Assistant Principal: Chad Morgan
website

Horton Middle School
P.O. Box 636, 79 Horton Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
919/542-2303 | 919/542-7099 [FAX]
Principal: Mervin Jenkins
Assistant Principal: Daniel Haithcox
website

Secondary Schools (9-12)

Chatham Central High School
14950 Highway 902
Bear Creek, North Carolina 27207
919/837-2251 | 919/837-2975 [FAX]
Principal: Mitchell Stensland
Assistant Principal: Carol Caffee
website

Jordan-Matthews High School
910 East Cardinal Street
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
919/742-2916 | 919/742-2201 [FAX]
Principal: Norma Boone
Assistant Principal: George (Bill) Davis
website

Northwood High School
310 Northwood High School Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
919/542-4181 | 919/542-4934 [FAX]
Principal: Carol Little
Assistant Principals: Chaundra Covington-Clay & Bobby Dixon
website

 
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