Beaufort County Schools for 2011-2012 Released
Beaufort County Schools' results for the 2011-2012 were released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Included in the results was the welcomed news that 9 of 13 schools in the district earned recognition under North Carolina's ABCs of Public Education. Unlike the other 13 schools, the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center is not eligible for ABCs recognition.
The Beaufort County Early College High School once again was recognized as an Honor School of Excellence. The school met growth and all targets. Chocowinity Primary School was also a repeat Honor School of Excellence for 2011-2012.
Bath Elementary School, Southside High School and Washington High School were each ranked School of Distinction for the year. This means they received composite scores of 80% or more and met high growth.
"Our schools have a great deal to be excited about with the release of the 2011-2012 scores, especially our high schools," explained Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent of Beaufort County Schools. "Third grade reading scores were another area where our schools saw improvements, but we know there is still much work to be done. These improvements show the work of our teachers and students work is paying off. "
UNDERSTANDING THE THREE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES
Performance Composite – The percentage of the test scores in the school at or above Achievement Level III (how well the students in the school did against the set standard of proficiency).
Growth – An indication of the rate at which students in the school learned over the past year. The standard is equivalent to a year’s worth of growth for a year of instruction.
AMO Status – Whether the students in the school as a whole and in each identified group met the performance targets set by the state with the goal of reducing the percentage of non-proficient students
NC Department of Public Instruction
This year instead of reporting Adequate Yearly Progress, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will report the number of Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) and the number of those targets met as well as the percentage of targets met by each school/district. The AMO Status addresses whether the students in the school as a whole and in each identified group met the performance targets set by the state with the goal of reducing the percentage of non-proficient students.
Bath Elementary and Chocowinity Primary Schools led the way for schools in the district by meeting High Growth and reaching 17 of 17 Annual Measureable Objective targets. The composite score is the percentage of students scoring a Level III for all students and all courses. Bath Elementary School posted an 82.6% composite score and Chocowinity Primary School had a 90.0% composite score.
Northside High and Southside High Schools were next. Both schools achieved High Growth and each met all but one Annual Measureable Objective target. Northside hit 14 of 15 targets, for 93.3%, and marked a 79.4% composite score. Southside met 15 of 16 targets equaling 93.8% and had an 88.5% composite score.
Washington High School also met High Growth, placing the three traditional high schools in this category for 2011-2012. The school met 19 of 20 Annual Measureable Objective targets for 95.0% and charted an 83.3% composite score.
Beginning with 2011-2012 graduation data, high schools now have more targets to meet as Graduation Rate by subgroup was added to the mix. Beaufort County's three traditional high schools met threshold targets as set by the state. Northside High School, Southside High School and Washington High School all surpassed the state's 5-year graduation rate of 81.2%. The Beaufort County Ed Tech Center met targets with improvement. The Beaufort County Early College High School will not have a graduating class until 2013.
S.W. Snowden Elementary School met High Growth, missing two Annual Measureable Objective targets, 11-13, for 84.6%. The school posted a 63.5% composite score for the year.
Northeast Elementary School rounds out those for Beaufort County achieving High Growth (6 of 14). The school met 21 of 25 Annual Measureable Objective targets or 84.0% of assigned goals. Northeast achieved a 75.9% composite score for the year.
The Beaufort County Early College High School met Expected Growth and met 5 of 5 Annual Measureable Objective targets. The school, who will graduate their first class at the end of the 2012-2013 session, landed a 96.7% composite score for the year.
P.S. Jones Middle School also met Expected Growth, receiving a 68.1% composite score and met 21 of 29 Annual Measureable Objective targets for 72.4%.
The Beaufort County Ed Tech Center did not meet growth for the year although they met 3 of 3 Annual Measureable Objective targets for the school. The composite score for the year was 32.8%.
John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School met 100% of Annual Measureable Objective targets, 21 of 21, but did not meet expected growth. This is due to the fact their growth is measured by the fourth grade at John Small Elementary School. John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School posted a 76.9% composite score for the year.
Chocowinity Middle School garnered a 70.9% composite score, however; they did not meet expected growth. The school met 18 of 25 Annual Measureable Objective targets for 72.0%.
John Small Elementary School met 19 of 29 Annual Measureable Objective targets for 65.5% with a 60.9% composite score and did not meet expected growth.
Beaufort County Schools met growth as a district with a 73.4% overall composite score. The district met 50 of 63 Annual Measureable Objective targets for 79.4%.
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