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NC School Performance Grades released, most Union County Public Schools earned A or B

North Carolina released its first School Performance Grades on Thursday, Feb. 5. Based on state measures, out of the 52 schools that were scored in Union County Public Schools, 44 earned a grade of A, B or C. 

Thirty four (65.4 percent) of the schools earned an A or B. There were no F letter grades in UCPS. Two schools, Wolfe and South Providence, were not graded because they do not fit the NC Performance Grades model.

The Schools Performance Grades reflect student performance during the 2013-14 school year.

“A school’s performance can be measured in many ways,” said Dr. Ellis, superintendent of Union County Public Schools. “These grades represent an increase in our graduation rate, academic growth across the county and a testament to the quality instruction that is happening in our classrooms.

As required by state legislation, the School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on the school’s achievement score and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. Legislation passed during 2013 requires the inclusion of School Performance Grades as part of the North Carolina School Report Cards that also were released today.

Elementary and middle schools’ achievement scores are based only on test scores. These include end-of-grade reading and mathematics tests at the 3-8 grade levels; an end-of-grade science test at grades 5 and 8, and if applicable, end-of-course tests in Math I and Biology.

The high school achievement score is based on student performance on Math I, English II and Biology end-of-course tests, and on the percentage of students who score 17 or above on The ACT (UNC System’s minimum composite score requirement), the percentage of students who achieve a Silver Certificate or better on the ACT WorkKeys, the percentage of students who successfully complete Math III, and the school’s four-year cohort graduation rate.

This year, school grades are provided on a 15-point scale, but current law states that the 2014-15 grades will reflect a 10-point scale.

“We are not resting on these school performance grades,” Ellis said. “We have to improve academic achievement and growth in all schools. We will continue to support all of our schools and work hard for all children.”

A snapshot of each school’s State Report Card, which includes the School Performance Grade, will be located on the school’s website. The information can be found under Quick Links and NC School Report Card.

To view each school's grade, visit www.ncpublicschools.org.

For online resources to help explain the School Performance Grades, click on the following links:

Department of Public Instruction website

UCPS District Snapshot

How are the grades calculated? 

Written by: Tahira Stalberte, UCPS Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Feb 05, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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