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Pender County Schools earns high marks in READY Accountability Report

posted Sep 7, 2017, 11:41 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Pender County Schools earns high marks in READY Accountability Report

PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools continues to outpace the state in most indicators according to the READY Accountability report, approved by the State Board of Education on Thursday, Sept. 7.

According to the report, Pender County Schools exceeded the state average 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 performed higher than the state average on the ACT, ACT WorkKeys, Math I, and Biology indicators.

The district made impressive gains in ACT proficiency, which increased 4.9 percentage points to 67 percent; and reading proficiency in grade levels 3-8 increased at every grade level.

Fourteen of the district’s 16 schools met or exceeded growth expectations in 2016-17. The growth measure is used in factoring School Performance Grades, which are calculated based 20 percent on student growth and 80 percent on student achievement.

Pender Early College received an “A” School Performance Grade, six schools received a “B,” eight schools received a “C,” and only one school received a “D” while meeting the growth expectations set by the state. Burgaw Middle and Cape Fear Middle both earned higher school performance grades, removing the schools from low-performing status.

The district’s five-year high school graduation rate increased to 91.1 percent. The district’s four-year graduation rate dipped one percentage point to 89.3 percent, outpacing the state average of 86.5 percent.

“While as a district our four-year graduation rate slightly declined, we are proud of the results many of our high schools obtained,” said Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb. “Pender High School and Topsail High School both increased graduation rates and Pender Early College maintained a graduation rate greater than 95 percent. However, we believe that ‘ALL means ALL’ and know that there is still work to do in order to ensure all of our students graduate college and career ready. We will increase our efforts and continue implementing support measures so all students earn a high school diploma.”

“I’m very pleased with the successes we have made in student achievement,” Dr. Cobb continued. “Over the past several years, the district has been able to sustain and increase results. Congratulations to our students, teachers and administrators for a job well done.”