Improving Growth and Performance Scores
Improving Growth and Performance Scores
Posted on 09/05/2018

North Carolina’s 2017/18 school performance grades have been released, and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is proud to share some of the accomplishments noted by the state. Thirty-six Buncombe County schools met or exceeded growth, and 23 schools earned A or B grades; additionally, six of our seven BCS middle schools exceeded growth and the seventh met growth. Buncombe County Schools graduation rate is 87.8% which is slightly above the state average of 86.3%.

“Our staff and students have much to be proud of in this year’s school performance scores. Our classrooms are home to rigorous curriculums and innovative teaching practices,” Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin said. “We continue to work through our challenges and are focused on ensuring that each and every one of our students are prepared with a 21st-century education,” he added.

Other notable accomplishments in this year’s performance grades include:
-Valley Springs Middle School has experienced six straight years of exceeding growth and had the highest growth index among all BCS schools.
-Emma Elementary has experienced five consecutive years of exceeding growth.
-Nesbitt Discovery Academy, Buncombe County Early and Middle College each earned an ‘A’.
-Six BCS schools improved from ‘not meeting growth’ to ‘exceeding growth’ last year.

In 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law requiring all schools to be graded from an A to an F. State legislation requires that School Performance Grades are based 80-percent on a school’s achievement score and 20-percent on students’ academic growth over the course of the year. Please visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website using this link to see the full report. 

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