Davidson County Schools score above state average

Proficiency scores readjusted for new baseline
Nov. 19, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Scores were down in Davidson County and throughout the state, as the North Carolina Board of Education released its first READY accountability report Nov. 7, revealing the 2012-2013 results from the end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments.

The statewide downturn was an adjustment to a new curriculum. Dr. Fred Mock, superintendent of Davidson County Schools, said the results are nothing to worry about for parents who will soon receive the individual score reports for their child's EOG and EOC tests.

The overall proficiency for DCS, otherwise known as the performance composite, is 47.6 percent compared to the state composite of 44.7 percent. That figure ranks DCS 28th out of 115 school systems.

DCS cautions parents the proficiency scores will be lower than in previous years, because the 2012-2013 school year is considered a transition or baseline year for these new assessments and the state's new accountability model.

“Our teachers and students have done exactly what we have asked them to do,” said Mock. “They taught and learned a new, rigorous curriculum, then tested on the new assessments. They have set a baseline for us to grow and we expect students to reach a higher level of learning than ever before.”

Additionally, the results will not negatively affect a student's current standing, grades or current placement in school.

The state revised both the curriculum and test content for North Carolina public schools. These new standards are more demanding of students and teachers, and will challenge students to ensure they are ready for life after high school. Revised curricula also takes into consideration math course rigor and high school graduation rates.

East Davidson Principal Billy Hunt lauded the efforts of staff members who adapt  to ever-changing state standards.

"Our teachers do an excellent job preparing students for college and final exams," Hunt said. "There is so much stuff that has been put on teachers in the last few years, I can say that I have never seen a staff work as hard as I've seen our staff work in the last few years."

The purpose for the changes is to force students to think for themselves and collaborate creatively to solve problems. Future skills of this nature will ideally help to make students ready for the college and career pathways they have chosen.

The tests administered last year and in years previous are incomparable to the new content standards.

"I'm not overly concerned with our proficiency," Hunt said. "We already knew as a school system, past research shows anytime you take a test for the first time, your proficiency is going to drop and drop significantly. The first year is a baseline year, anyhow, to kind of determine where the state goes from here. I'm confident now that our staff and students know how the test is set up, we'll see our scores increase."

To receive detailed testing information, as well as data for individual schools, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

 

Davidson County

Met 67 of 71 federal targets

Met 143 of 155 state targets

Brier Creek Elementary

Did not meet expected growth

Met 14 of 17 federal targets

Met 18 of 23 state targets

Central Davidson

Did not meet expected growth

Met 13 of 15 federal targets

Met 37 of 46 state targets

Central Davidson Middle

Did not meet expected growth

Met 18 of 21 federal targets

Met 31 of 35 state targets

Churchland Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 16 of 17 federal targets

Met 19 of 23 state targets

Davidson County High School

Met expected growth

Met 2 of 2 federal targets

Met 3 of 6 state targets

Davidson Early College

Met expected growth

Met 8 of 8 federal targets

Met 10 of 14 state targets

Davis Townsend Elementary

Did not meet expected growth

Met 16 of 17 federal targets

Met 20 of 23 targets

Denton Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 15 of 17 federal targets

Met 18 of 23 state targets

E. Lawson Brown Middle

Met expected growth

Met 19 of 21 federal targets

Met 34 of 36 targets

East Davidson

Did not meet expected growth

Met 11 of 15 federal targets

Met 35 of 42 state targets

Fair Grove Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 18 of 19 federal targets

Met 23 of 25 state targets

Friedberg Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 15 of 15 federal targets

Met 21 of 21 state targets

Friendship Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 13 of 13 federal targets

Met 17 of 17 state targets

Hasty Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 20 of 21 federal targets

Met 26 of 27 state targets

Ledford Middle

Exceeded expected growth

Met 24 of 25 federal targets

Met 40 of 41 state targets

Ledford Senior High

Met expected growth

Met 14 of 15 federal targets

Met 46 of 47 state targets

Midway Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 16 of 17 federal targets

Met 22 of 23 state targets

North Davidson High

Did not meet expected growth

Met 18 of 20 feudal targets

Met 57 of 58 state targets

North Davidson Middle

Met expected growth

Met 20 of 21 federal targets

Met 36 of 37 state targets

Northwest Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 17 of 17 federal targets

Met 22 of 23 state targets

Oak Grove Middle

Did not meet expected growth

Met 24 of 25 federal targets

Met 39 of 40 state targets

Pilot Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 14 o 15 federal targets

Met 19 of 21 state targets

Reeds Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 16 of 17 federal targets

Met 18 of 21 state targets

Silver Valley Elementary

Exceeded expected growth

Met 10 of 15 federal targets

Met 14 of 21 state targets

South Davidson High School

Did not meet expected growth

Met 12 of 15 federal targets

Met 32 of 28 state targets

South Davidson Middle

Met expected growth

Met 12 of 17 federal targets

Met 22 of 27 state targets

Southmont Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 14 of 17 federal targets

Met 17 of 23 state targets

Southwood Elementary

Did not meet expected growth

Met 16 of 19 federal targets

Met 21 of 25 state targets

Stoner-Thomas School

Met 0 of 1 federal targets

Met 0 of 1 state target

Tyro Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 8 of 13 feudal targets

Met 11 of 19 state targets

Tyro Middle

Met expected growth

Met 16 of 21 federal targets

Met 29 of 34 state targets

Wallburg Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 19 of 19 federal targets

Met 29 of 29 state targets

Welcome Elementary

Met expected growth

Met 15 of 17 federal targets

Met 21 of 23 state targets

West Davidson High

Did not meet expected growth

Met 11 of 15 federal targets

Met 30 of 41 state targets

Yadkin Valley Career Academy

Met expected growth

State, federal targets: N/A