Accountability Results

WCPS Releases Accountability Results
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On Thursday, September 7, the 2016-17 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools report was presented to the State Board of Education. A full breakdown of WCPS Accountability can be viewed by clicking on Data Tables. In a snapshot, the report states:
  • The district’s four-year Cohort Graduation Rate is 84.3%, compared to 83.8% the previous year. This is an increase of .5% over the past year, and is the second highest rate ever produced by WCPS. The state’s Cohort Graduation Rate is 86.5%, a .7% increase from the previous year.
  • 17 of 30 schools (56.6%) met or exceeded expected growth, compared to 23 schools the previous year. 
  • Based on a 15-point scale, the following School Performance Letter Grades were received: Two A’s (85-100), Zero B’s (70-84), Fifteen C’s (55-69), Nine D’s (40-54), and Three F’s (Less than 40) compared to One A, Two B’s, Thirteen C’s, Thirteen D’s, and Two F’s the previous year.
  • More than 95% of WCPS graduates earned Math Course Rigor by successfully completing a Math III course, which was the same as the previous year.
  • 46.0% of WCPS 11th Grade students who took the ACT earned at least a 17, the UNC system minimum score, compared to 49.8% the previous year. 
  • 83.0% of WCPS students, who are Career & Technical Education concentrators, earned a Silver certificate or higher on the ACT WorkKeys assessments, compared to 85.5% the previous year. WCPS is ranked 15th out of 115 school districts statewide for this achievement.

What is the READY school accountability model?

Five years ago, North Carolina transitioned to the READY school accountability model, replacing the ABCs model which has been in place since the mid-nineties. The READY accountability program uses more rigorous standards and assessments in order to better assess how prepared students are for college or the workforce. More rigorous tests and new accountability standards have changed how performance is measured for the End of Grade and End of Course test scores across all curriculums. In last year’s accountability report, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction began reporting the percentage of students who are College and Career Ready and release School Performance Grades.

How are School Performance Grades calculated?
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. 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; and end-of-grade science tests at grades 5 and 8, and if applicable, end-of-course tests in Math I.

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.

What is Academic Growth?
Academic Growth is a valuable indicator of the school’s impact on a students’ learning. A student’s academic growth is calculated using his or her achievement scores from state end-of-grade assessments. While a single achievement score is a reflection of a student’s performance at a single point in time, a student’s academic growth charts his/her performance over multiple points in time.

Should parents be concerned if their child’s school has a low School Performance Grade or lower academic scores?
One letter grade cannot capture all of the positive things happening in a school. Parents are encouraged to talk to a school’s principal and teachers and to look at all of the school measures reflected in the North Carolina School Report Cards to determine how their child’s school is doing in comparison to others in the district and across the state.

How is the district working to improve academic performance in schools?
“We recognize that there is much work ahead of us in order to make Wayne County Public Schools a district of excellence and school reform,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, Superintendent. “Since we began having access to preliminary test results last summer, our schools and district administrators have been working to analyze the data in order to indentify and implement school and district improvement strategies that can help advance student success in the classroom.”
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