"A" Schools

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This year was the first time that North Carolina schools received a grade for their performance. The North Carolina General Assembly created the grading system in 2013, see North Carolina General Statute § 115C-83.15.

The A-F grades measure a school's success in achievement and growth, but the results heavily rely on the former - 80 percent achievement and 20 percent growth.

The grades are determined using a 15-point scale where 85 to 100 is an A, and so on down the scale. The grades were supposed to move to a 10-point scale after this year, but legislation passed by the General Assembly this session will keep it at the 15-point scale for the time being.

Other proposals seeking to change the weight given to growth versus achievement have, so far, failed to gain traction.

EdNC's series this week looks at the 17 schools with 50 percent or more free-and-reduced-price lunch students that received As.

About the author

Alex Granados is Senior Reporter for EducationNC. He grew up in Raleigh where he attended Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, Leesville Road Middle School and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School. Alex attended Wake Technical Community College before transferring to and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism in 2005.… Read full bio »

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