Statewide accountability results were recently released to the state board of education and the results reveal how local public schools are performing on state standards.
District-wide results for Stokes County in grades third through eighth reading revealed 58.5 percent of students were proficient, and in math, 58.4 percent were proficient. Stokes County Schools exceeded the state average in both areas with North Carolina showing 57.3 percent proficient in reading and 56.1 percent proficient in math.
For 2017-2018, the results in mathematics for the district showed a slight decline from previous years for elementary and middle schools; however, the high school Math I course showed a slight increase over the 2016-2017 school year.
The reading results in grades third through eighth revealed varying results. The students in grades fourth, fifth and seventh showed slightly improved from the previous year, while data for the third, sixth, and eighth graders showed a slight decline. Students in fifth and eighth grade also performed at the state average of a 72.1 percent proficiency rating with regard to the Science EOG (end of grade).
On the high school EOC (end of course) tests, Stokes County exceeded the state average in Math I with a proficient rate of 62 percent as compared to the state at 57.4 percent. English and Biology were slightly below the state average with English results coming in at 53.8 percent (state 59.9 percent) and Biology test results 55.1 percent (state 58.3 percent).
Stokes County Schools’ growth data provides a different view of student learning and demonstrates that students are making progress. Growth data takes into account where a student is performing at the beginning of the year and measures whether the student has achieved a year’s worth of learning, or growth, during the school year. When the collective students’ data reveals a year’s growth, the school is deemed as a school meeting “expected growth.” Students who demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning (progressing more than one grade level) have “exceeded expected growth.”
Fourteen of Stokes County’s 19 schools received the designation of met expected growth. These schools are Germanton Elementary, Mt. Olive Elementary, King Elementary, Lawsonville Elementary, Nancy Reynolds Elementary, Pinnacle Elementary, Poplar Springs Elementary, Sandy Ridge Elementary, London Elementary, Walnut Cove Elementary, Piney Grove Middle School, North Stokes High, West Stokes High, and Stokes Early College High Schools.
Southeastern Middle and South Stokes High School had the distinction of exceeding growth for the 2017-2018 school year.
“We are proud of the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators and the great results recognized by the state board of education last week,” said Stokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice. “While state test results are one of the measures used to measure what students and staff accomplished last school year, it is not the lone measure of success.”
Rice added that nearly $17 million was awarded to the county’s Class of 2018 and 90 percent were accepted to continue their education at a community college, traditional college or university.
In addition to the growth status of the schools, the state accountability model also assigns a School Performance Grade (SPG) to all schools. Mt. Olive, Nancy Reynolds, Pinnacle and Walnut Cove Elementary Schools received a letter grade of a B. In addition, the three traditional high schools as well as the Early College also received a B.
Germanton, King, Lawsonville, Pine Hall, Poplar Springs, Sandy Ridge and London Elementary Schools as well as the three traditional middle schools received a letter grade of C.
Meadowbrook Academy is still evaluated based on the progress model where a school is designated based on the progress shown through the performance data. Schools in the progress model can be identified with three designations – declining, maintaining or progressing. Meadowbrook Academy continues with the designation of maintaining.
“While I am extremely proud of the test results, I am also proud of everything that was accomplished on non-test days. Those are the days that truly made the difference for our students,” Rice said.
To view more detailed information about the full state assessment data and statistics, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.