The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools.
The 2015-16 North Carolina School Report Cards featuring state-, district- and school-level information about public school student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality, and classroom technology are now available online.
“North Carolina has provided this comprehensive collection of public school data for 15 years to assist families seeking information about their local schools,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I encourage parents, educators and the school community to use this data to inform conversations about what is working for their local schools and how they can support their schools to improve teaching and learning.”
This year’s report card includes school indicators provided in previous years’ reports such as school performance grades (A-F) for both traditional and charter schools and statewide end-of-grade and end-of-course test results for the five achievement levels. The latest report cards also include a couple of changes:
* Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) are replaced with Participation Targets, as North Carolina is no longer required to report AMO proficiency targets for 2015-16 and 2016-17; and
* Wireless Access Points per classroom has been added to help evaluate digital access for students.
Still to be added to the report cards are information about teacher quality and educator effectiveness as well as college enrollment and course completion.
School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, or summary versions of the NC School Report Cards, to parents beginning today. To access district/school snapshots, visit the NC School Report Cards Site and click on either District Reports or School Reports then the district/school report you would like to view. Parents and others are encouraged to contact teachers for information about grade-level and course curriculum; questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and local superintendents.
The SAS software powering the NC School Report Cards allows for side-by-side comparisons. However, since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the NC School Report Cards should not be used to rank schools.
The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide information about local schools, districts, and overall state data. The NC School Report Cards website is searchable by school or school system or by selecting desired school characteristics. Visit the NC School Report Cards website for more information.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state’s public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.