Cabarrus County Schools (CCS) showed progress in student proficiency between the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years, according to the ABCs of Accountability data released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction today.
Twenty-three of the district's schools met Expected Growth and 12 met High Growth standards for the 2008-2009 school year.
Hickory Ridge High School has been designated an Honor School of Excellence - the highest recognition given to schools using the state's ABCs system. It is the only school in the district with this designation for the 2008-2009 school year. In addition, nine schools in the district were designated Schools of Distinction; and 11 schools received Schools of Progress designations.
CCS Superintendent Barry Shepherd expressed his pleasure with the district's results and offered his congratulations to the students and staff of Hickory Ridge High School.
In order for a school to receive the Honor School of Excellence designation, the school must have had more than 90 percent of its students achieve a Level III proficiency rating on the end-of-course or end-of-grade tests; and it must have made Expected Growth and have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
According to the results, the district's student proficiency percentages improved in each school compared to last year's results, with some schools showing significant improvements in proficiency ratings of more than 10 percentage points.
"These results show that we are moving the needle in the right direction," Shepherd added. "These results indicate that our students are learning, and that's why we're here - to educate our students."
To continue 'moving the needle,' the district has implemented a three-year Strategic Plan that outlines specific, measurable strategies for increasing student achievement and preparing students to meet the challenges of the global 21st century workplace.
A closer look at the numbers for Cabarrus County Schools:
• 23 schools met Expected Growth standards
• 12 schools met High Growth standards
• 1 Honor School of Excellence - Hickory Ridge High School
• 9 Schools of Distinction - A. T. Allen Elementary School, Charles E. Boger Elementary School, Cox Mill Elementary School, Harrisburg Elementary School, C.C. Griffin Middle School, Harris Road Middle School, Mount Pleasant Middle School, Jay M. Robinson High School and Northwest Cabarrus High School
Schools of Distinction are schools that made at least Expected Growth and had at least 80 percent of their students score at or above Achievement Level III on end-of-grade or end-of-course tests.
• 11 Schools of Progress - Bethel Elementary School, Beverly Hills Elementary School, Pitts School Road Elementary School, Rocky River Elementary School, R. Brown McAllister Elementary School, Weddington Hills Elementary School, W.M. Irvin Elementary School, Concord Middle School, J.N. Fries Middle School, Northwest Cabarrus Middle School and Concord High School
Schools of Progress are schools that made at least Expected Growth and had at least 60 percent of their students score at or above Achievement Level III on end-of-grade or end-of course tests.
• 4 Priority Schools - Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, Royal Oaks Elementary School, Winecoff Elementary School and Wolf Meadow Elementary School
Priority Schools are schools that have less than 60 percent of their students score at or above Achievement Level III, regardless of making Expected Growth standards.
• Based on ABCs provisions, five schools received No Recognition designations. Under the provisions, these schools did not meet Expected Growth; however, at least 60 percent or more of its students scored at or above Achievement Level III on end-of-grade or end-of-course tests. The five schools in this category are: Carl A. Furr Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, W.R. Odell Elementary School, Central Cabarrus High School and Mount Pleasant High School.
For more information about the ABCs, you can visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's website at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/.