County schools get above average grades

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

N.C. Schools released their reports cards for the school districts in the state and Union County Public Schools made the grade. 

The school system was above the state averages in most categories. 

The percentage of student scores that were at or above grade level in the end-of-grade tests were higher than the state average in grades three through eight. Overall in reading, 57.2 percent of UCPS students were at or above grade level, while the state average was 43.9 percent. In math, 60.2 percent of students were at or above grade level, while the state average was 42.3 percent. 

The report card also said the school met 86 out of 86 annual measurable objectives, which are objectives the state sets that schools must meet under federal law. 

This is the first year of results using the new state standards and the scores would reflect the higher standards. This year is being used as a baseline moving forward. 

“With the transition to a new statewide Standard Course of Study, new assessments and a new school accountability model, the 2012-13 school year

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was the beginning of a new chapter in public education in North Carolina,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said in a statement. “I encourage every parent, business leader and community member to use this online tool to learn more about our public schools so we can help all students graduate prepared for college, a career and citizenship.”

The 2012-2013 statewide and district percentages of students at or above grade level on their end of grade tests are lower than the 2011-2012 scores by a significant margin due to the change. 

The report card also looks at teacher quality. 

In UCPS, 98 percent of elementary school teachers, 96 percent of middle school teachers and 92 percent of high school teachers are fully licensed with clear initial or clear continuing licenses. The report does not include lateral entry, alternative or emergency licensed teachers. The percentages were about the same as the state average where 99 percent of elementary school teachers, 95 percent of middle school teachers and 93 percent of high school teachers are licensed. 

In UCPS 32 percent of elementary school teachers, 30 percent of middle school teachers as 25 percent of high school teachers have advanced degrees, including a master’s or doctorate. This is comparable with the state average where 30 percent of elementary school teachers, 28 percent of middle school teachers and 27 percent of high school teachers have advanced degrees. 

For UCPS, the percentage of teachers who are “highly qualified” as defined by federal law is 100 percent in all grade levels.

The website ncreportcards.org has the entire district snapshot, along with report cards for every school in the district.