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Pender County Schools consistently outperforms state

posted Sep 1, 2016, 10:06 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 11:25 AM ]

Pender County Schools consistently outperforms state

PENDER COUNTY — The State Board of Education approved the READY Accountability report on Thursday, Sept. 1, during its regular meeting.

According to the report, Pender County Schools’ graduation rate increased to 90.3 percent in 2015-16, outpacing the state average of 85.8 percent. The district’s five-year graduation rate rose to 90.6 percent. This has been an ongoing trend for the district, with four-year cohort graduation rates increasing 26 percentage points over the past 8 years. 

“We have made every effort to ensure every student graduates and will continue to do so in 2016-17,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Pender County Schools Superintendent. “Our goal is for all students to graduate college and career ready, which includes earning a high school diploma.”

Pender County Schools outperformed the state in the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who scored grade-level proficient in the areas of reading, math, and science. The district also received high marks at the secondary level, performing higher than the state average on the ACT, ACT WorkKeys, Math I, English II, and Biology indicators.

An obvious strength for the district continues to be science, with proficiency scores more than 8 percentage points above the state average in fifth and eighth grade science overall.

Twelve of the district’s 16 schools met or exceeded growth expectations set by the state. The growth measure is used in factoring School Performance Grades, which is based 20 percent on growth and 80 percent on student achievement. 

Pender Early College received an “A,” six schools received a “B,” six schools received a “C,” and three schools received a “D.” Three schools earned higher letter grades this year: Cape Fear Elementary, Malpass Corner Elementary, and Rocky Point Elementary. No schools dropped a letter grade from the previous year.

“We are pleased with the progress the district has made over the past several years and continues to make,” Dr. Cobb said. “We attribute our success to the administrators, teachers, and community support that fosters the success of every student. We will use our data to make informed decisions regarding the areas we need to improve, with a focus on continuous improvement across the district.”