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Antioch Elementary Is an A+ School!
Dear Gator Families;
On September 2nd, 2015 the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released School Performance Grades. Based on older data from the 2013-2014, Antioch Elementary School was rated as a B school. However, due to the expertise and collaborative work of the school staff who seek to maximize our students' academic growth, character, and social/emotional skills, as well as the high degree of parental support, our new rating that was released was that of an A+ school. The rating that we have earned as an A+ school should be celebrated! Not only are we an “A” school, but we also have received the “+” designation due to not having large gaps in our diversity performance as we meet the needs of our various student population and subgroups. To become an A+ school, we have worked collaboratively over this past year. The Antioch stakeholders have achieved academic success and will continue to build upon these successes in the quest for continuous improvement.
A year ago, the North Carolina General Assembly’s (GA) Session Law 2012-142 included specifications for reporting School Performance Grades (A, B, C, D, and F) for each public school and public charter school. This grade is calculated using the performance composite from our school, how many students passed the test, and the growth index for our school. The performance composite is worth 80% of our school’s overall grade and the growth index is worth 20%. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will release the full 2014-15 NC School Report Cards in October. As in previous years, the full report will provide a snapshot of each school’s performance including; student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety, instructional resources and teacher quality.
North Carolina’s school accountability program provides important information about Antioch Elementary School; however, these numbers only tell part of the story. There are many other indicators of school quality and areas of strength for Antioch. Our school embraces diversity and integrates global education across the curriculum as a UCPS International School. Technology is utilized with a 1:1 laptop initiative in grades 3 through 5 in preparation of being college and career ready. The Professional Learning Community at Antioch promotes teacher collaboration and student learning. Relationships, partnerships, and positive communication among staff, students, and parents are of utmost importance at Antioch Elementary. Working collaboratively, Antioch stakeholders have achieved many successes over the last decade and will build upon these successes in the quest for continuous improvement.
As these school grades were released today, comparing school performance grades within the UCPS district should be done with caution. Each school is different in size, program offerings, and student population. As always, thank you for your continued support to hold the vision and trust the process for providing an environment where your child’s academic, social, and emotional needs are met, challenged, and celebrated.
Dr. Jamie Benfield
Written by: Kimberly Kovach - Media Specialist
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 by Kimberly Kovach