Proficiency Maps

Mapping NC student grade-level and subject proficiency by district, 2013-14

This week’s maps take a closer look at the newest proficiency data by school district.  We have separated the data into two dashboards—one for end-of-grade (EOG) proficiency and one for end-of-course (EOC) proficiency. Each shows proficiency rates of subject and grade (EOGs only).

The table below the map lists the percent proficient in descending order for all school districts in the state.  Choose a grade level and exam subject from the drop-down menus above the map to change the data displayed in the map and table. If the map and table disappear, you have chosen a combination that does not have data. For example, 3rd graders do not take EOG tests in science, so there is no 3rd grade science proficiency rate.

Although noted in the previous post, it is worth restating that the definition of “proficient” has changed.  Up through 2012-13, test scores were grouped into 4 achievement levels, with the top two (levels 3 and 4) considered proficient.  In 2013-14, the number of achievement levels increased to 5, and the top 3 (3, 4, and 5) are proficient.

In regards to the data, although broad patterns of achievement across the state are fairly consistent for the various grade and subject combinations, the exact rank of districts relative to others can vary greatly. Proficiencies at the district level are likely affected by the varying number of test takers within each district.

EOC Biology proficiency is much lower across the state (53.9%) than Math or English proficiency, particularly in districts with low overall proficiency rates, like those in the eastern and central parts of the state. However, certain northeastern outliers such as Hertford and Halifax County Schools perform higher in Biology than any other subject. On the other end of the spectrum, while Whiteville County Schools experience average proficiencies in Math and English, Biology proficiency sinks to the lowest rate in the state (18%). 

Proficiency Maps

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