Beaufort County Schools:  In urgent need of improvement | Beaufort County Now | A review of state data on student performance

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Source:  NC Department of Public Instruction –

School Report Cards

From the NCDPI Website, “North Carolina’s school report cards are an important resource for parents, educators, state leaders, researchers, and others, providing information about school and district-level data in a number of areas. These include student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and many other details.

Report cards are provided for all North Carolina public schools, including charter and alternative schools. North Carolina's School Report Cards are in an interactive, easy-to-navigate section available here. This user-friendly website addresses the need for quick reference on topics that are most important to parents and educators.

The analytic section was decommissioned on December 31, 2020, but all of the data from the School Report Cards for the previous five years is available in spreadsheet format on the Resources for Researchers page.”

The data presented from each of the listed schools in Beaufort County is the currently available information. Some information may not be current as of 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted some of the data acquisition or there were too few students to report.

The NC DPI website information for Beaufort County schools can be found here.

The data presented show the public K-12 schools represented in Beaufort County NC are performing poorly based upon the NC State DPI metrics.

The data also acknowledges that Beaufort County is a Tier 1 county as this is reflected in the school metrics that indicate 28-60% of students are economically disadvantaged.

The state has a grading system for school student performance. The scale is: not proficient, 3, 4, and 5. Students assessed below grade level 3 are performing below grade level. Students assessed at grade level 3 are meeting grade level standards, and students assessed at level 4-5 are graded as ‘career or college level proficient’.

From the NC DPI website-

Student test performance is reported as one of four achievement levels.  Not Proficient is below grade level. Level 3 is grade level proficient. Levels 4 and 5 indicate students are on track for career-and-college readiness.

Looking closely at the DPI web site for Beaufort County schools you will see those students performing ‘at grade level proficiency’ are grouped in the level 3-5 category. The students performing at the ‘career and college level proficiency’ are grouped in the 4-5 categories. Category 4 and 5 students are included in both groups. This is deceptive. The grade level proficiency 3-5 numbers are inflated by the inclusion of ‘career and college level 4-5’ numbers!

There may be a simple explanation for this. Maybe one of the elected school board members can explain this?

 

In 2010 – 2011 this information was displayed for each grade level in a school. Today all grades for a given school are combined. Proficiency scores for high school grades 9 – 12 are combined instead of displaying scores for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

As you will see on the DPI website, almost all of the public schools in Beaufort County are scored at 50% or less on grade level proficiency scores. The Beaufort County public schools are failing the students.

The current school board members have a vast amount of financial resources available for education. Unfortunately, these resources are not being directed toward reading, English, math, and the true history of this great nation. These precious resources are being squandered on programs centered on social programs exploiting issues that have nothing to do with enhancing educational excellence.

As you will see on the NC DPI website, less than 30% of high school students in Beaufort County are career and college level proficient.

These school scores should be deemed unacceptable by all parents, voters, and tax payers in Beaufort County.

The Beaufort County NC school board must be held accountable for students performing below grade level proficiency. The emphasis on social emotional learning and the tenets of Critical Race Theory must be replaced with teaching math, English, and the true history of this great country. The election for four school board members is this year. Two of the incumbents have primary opponents. Please vote to replace the incumbents in the May 17, 2022 primary. One incumbent will have an opponent in the general election in November 2022. These incumbents are not representing you or your values and continue to deprive your children of the “right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the state to guard and maintain that right.” (NC State Constitution, Section 15 – Education)


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( April 14th, 2022 @ 10:11 am )
 
Look at what you are getting for $14000.00 per student per year. How about underserved children who will drop out? You have a corrupt State-run school system and a real problem in our local system. It will only get better when parents get involved and visit classrooms, attend School board meetings and vote in the coming election. we are told that you have 84 new teachers that have never taught a day in their life. Do you know what the curriculum is for your child? How about sex education? The list goes on about "what do you know about what is going on with your child in the Public School System". It goes without saying, somethings need to change.



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