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DPI: N.C. SAT Scores Show Improvement In 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 04:41


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina students have improved their performance on the test taken by millions each year as they eye entry into college.
The state Department of Public Instruction says 2014 seniors posted an average SAT college admission score of 1483, up four points overall from the Class of 2013’s average score.
The data comes from The College Board. 
The national average is 1497 on the Critical Reading, Math and Writing tests that comprise the SAT.
North Carolina’s critical reading score (499) surpassed the nation’s reading score (497). The math score in North Carolina was 507 while the nation’s math average was 513. On the writing test, North Carolina’s average was 477 versus the national average of 487.
The number of seniors taking the SAT in 2014 (57,997) dropped slightly from 2013. A total of 64 percent of seniors took the exam statewide. 
State Board Of Education’s Summative Assessment Task Force Schedules First Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The task force set to explore options for the administration of state summative standardized tests will hold its first meeting Friday, Oct. 10.

Buddy Collins, state board vice chairman, is chairing the task force, which consists of nearly two dozen people. 
The State Board is to report its decision to the North Carolina General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by July 15, 2015. The General Assembly will ultimately approve the summative assessments, which are to be nationally normed, aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and field tested, according to the Department of Public Instruction.
Task Force members include State Superintendent June Atkinson as well as local superintendents, administrators, teachers, and testing and accountability directors. 
The meeting will be audio streamed at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:54
Superintendent June Atkinson Honors A Dozen School Districts For High Graduation Rates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 October 2014 06:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - With high school graduates rates on the rise in North Carolina, Superintendent June Atkinson is shining the spotlight on 12 districts.

At a luncheon held Friday in Durham, Atkinson praised the districts for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state in 2013-14.
“Our statewide graduation rate has climbed from 68 percent in 2006 to reach a record high of 83.9 percent in 2013-14,” said Atkinson in a statement. “This progress is the direct result of the work done in many of these districts and schools to ensure that nearly every student who enters high school leaves with a diploma. I applaud the superintendents, principals and teachers for their commitment to their students’ success. Our ultimate goal is to reach a statewide rate of 100 percent in the near future and their work brings us even closer to making that goal a reality.”
The award winners are:
-- Avery County Schools, 95 percent
-- Dare County Schools, 93.3 percent
-- Union County Public Schools, 92.6 percent
-- Newton-Conover City Schools, 92.5 percent
-- Alleghany County Schools, 92.3 percent
-- Yancey County Schools, 92.1 percent
-- Perquimans County Schools, 92.1 percent
-- Cherokee County Schools, 91 percent
-- Caldwell County Schools, 90.9 percent
-- Catawba County Schools, 90.8 percent
-- Burke County Schools, 90.8 percent
-- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, 90.8 percent
Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 06:44
12.7 Percent Of N.C. Third-Graders Held Back Or Identified For More Reading Help PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2014 09:17

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New data on public school students' reading ability at the third grade level shows 12.7 percent have been held back or identified for special help, while 79.2 percent have met the Read to Achieve standards implemented by the General Assembly.

The Improve K-3 Literacy Accountability Measures Comprehensive Plan for Reading Achievement report was presented to State Board of Education members this week in Charlotte.
According to a Department of Public Instruction news release, third graders demonstrated reading proficiency through one of the following options:
-- passing the Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment
-- passing the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment
-- passing the retest of the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
passing the Read to Achieve Alternative Test
-- passing an alternative assessment for reading
-- successfully completing the reading portfolio
Another 8.1 percent (9,454 students) of students were exempt from third grade retention for good cause (impacts English Language Learners and some students with learning disabilities). In total, 87.3 percent or 101,373 students were promoted to the fourth grade.
Overall, 116,128 third grade students were tested.
“We are glad that third grade reading is receiving additional attention under Read to Achieve," said Superintendent June Atkinson in a statement. "As students move through elementary school, this additional focus on reading will help to keep them on track to succeed at the next grade level.”
Read to Achieve was passed by the legislature during its 2012 session. The goal of the program is to ensure that every third grade student is reading at or above grade level by the end of the school year. 
Students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade receive extra support, including reading camps, guaranteed uninterrupted blocks of reading time, and intensive reading interventions so that they will be more prepared to do fourth grade work.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:18

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