• Eighty percent of all Moore County Schools met or exceeded yearly academic growth targets set by the state; an increase of 20 percent from 2014-15.
• Moore County Schools exceeded statewide performance averages in almost every accountability measurement, including four-year graduation rate, ACT WorkKeys, and college and career readiness and grade level proficiency exams.
• Test scores in reading, math and science consistently higher than state averages.
• Seventeen out of 20 schools assessed maintained last year’s school performance grade while three schools improved by one grade.
Moore County Schools continues to make gains on most measures of student learning, according to school accountability data released today by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as part of its READY accountability initiative.
The 2015-2016 school year was the fourth year of the state’s READY accountability initiative, which is based on standards set on grade level proficiency and career and college readiness, and the third year for which public and charter schools receive a letter grade based on a school’s achievement score (80 percent) and students’ academic growth over one year (20 percent).
Overall, of the 20 schools assessed, seven received a B grade, the same as 2014-15; 10 received a C grade, two more than 2014-15; and three received a D grade, one less than last year; and no schools received an F grade, one less than last year. In terms of academic growth over one year, 16 of the 20 schools that are required to take state tests met or exceeded growth targets set by the state; a gain of four schools over the 2014-15 term.
“Despite the implementation of a more demanding high school curriculum over the past three years, our students are experiencing as much success as ever,” said MCS Superintendent Bob Grimesey. “This speaks volumes about the hard work and expertise of our high school teachers, as well as the solid foundation being established by our K-8 teachers and support staff.”
Schools receiving a B performance grade were: New Century Middle, Pinecrest High School, Pinehurst Elementary, Sandhills Farm Life Elementary, Union Pines High, West Pine Elementary and West Pine Middle. Schools receiving a C performance grade were: Cameron Elementary, Carthage Elementary, Crain’s Creek Middle, Elise Middle, Highfalls K-8, North Moore High School, Southern Pines Elementary, Vass-Lakeview Elementary, West End Elementary and Westmoore K-8. Schools receiving a D performance grade were: Aberdeen Elementary, Robbins Elementary and Southern Middle.
Southern Pines Primary and Aberdeen Primary are not required to take state accountability tests. Although students at the Community Learning Center at Pinckney are assessed, the state uses a different accountability model for alternative schools.
Elementary and middle schools’ performance grades are based on proficiency scores in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8 in what are referred to as end-of-grade (EOG) exams. High school grades are based on results from end-of-course (EOC) exams in English II, Math I and Biology, as well as other performance indicators such as the cohort graduation rate and the percentage of career and technical education graduates who earn a Silver Certificate or higher on the ACT WorkKeys assessment.
Moore County Schools’ four-year high school cohort graduation rate for the class of 2016 was 87.8 percent and continues to remain above the state average of 85.8 percent – the highest in North Carolina history. For student proficiency on the ACT WorkKeys assessment, 78.9 percent of the class of 2016 achieved the Silver level of proficiency, a marked increase from 60.5 percent in 2013-14 and 75.9 percent in 2015.
EOG and EOC exams measure proficiency on two scales: grade level (GLP) and college and career readiness (CCR). District-wide results in reading for grades 3 through 8 found that 61.2 percent were grade level proficient, 1 percent lower than 2014-15, but above the state average of 56.9 percent. For math grades 3 through 8, 56.3 percent demonstrated grade level proficiency, an increase of 1.9 percent over 2014-15 and above the state average of 54.7 percent. Grade level proficiency in science grades five and eight was 74.2 percent over 71.7 percent in 2014-15, and above the statewide average of 72.7 percent.
For the high school EOC exams student grade level proficiency in English II increased from 61.9 percent in 2014-15 to 64.4 percent for 2015-16, and Math I increased from 60.9 percent in 2014-15 to 64.3 percent in 2015-2016. Grade level proficiency for Biology dipped from 54.7 percent in 2014-2015 to 53.1 percent in 2015-16, and below the state average of 55.5 percent, the only EOG or EOC score to be below the state average.
“While we have identified our points of pride as well as points of focus, we remain vigilant in closing the gap in student success and will do so from a perspective of strength and confidence in ourselves, our training and our student’s potential,” said Grimesey. “While these results are certainly telling of how well our students continue to do in developing proficiency in these key knowledge areas, when 91 percent of the class of 2016 district-wide receives an acceptance letter from a college or university, we know there is more to the story than what we see in the accountability measurements.”
“Student proficiency is improving, and we are very encouraged by these numbers, but these numbers are not improving at a rate that would seem to align with what our teachers, teacher assistants and administrators are seeing in the classrooms and what many parents report they are seeing at home,” concluded Grimesey.
More information about accountability measurements and school performance grades for districts throughout the state can be found on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/