3rd Year in a Row CCS’ Test Scores Increase
Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2016
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TestingThe overall proficiency composite for Cumberland County Schools (CCS) for 2015-2016 increased for the third consecutive school year.  The overall composite for 2015-2016 was 56.8%, an increase of 3.3% from 2014-2015.   The CCS had 85% of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, a 4% increase from 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 73.6% of its schools to meet or exceed growth. “I am pleased with the results,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till. “It is a credit to the hard work of our staff.”

End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments
Elementary schools are assigned scores based on testing results from End-of-Grade Assessments in ELA, Math and Grade 5 Science. Elementary schools had 44 out of 48, or 92%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, an increase of 2% from 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 79.9% of its elementary schools to meet or exceed growth.

Middle schools are assigned scores based on testing results from End-of-Grade Assessments in ELA, Math and Grade 8 Science, as well as End-of-Course Assessments in Math I.  Middle schools had 11 out of 17, or 65%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, an increase of 12% from 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 69.7% of its middle schools to meet or exceed growth.

End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
High schools are assigned scores based on testing results from End-of-Course Assessments in Biology, English II and Math I.  Results from The ACT, The ACT WorkKeys, Math Course Rigor and the Cohort Graduation Rate are also used to determine high school composite scores.   High schools had 13 out of 15, or 87%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, the same as in 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 69.4% of its high schools to meet or exceed growth.

Proficiency Composite Scores
The Reading proficiency composite in grades 3-8 increased in 2015-2016 by 4.0% to 57.9%, thus surpassing the state average of 56.9%.  The composite for all elementary schools increased by 2.8% to 59.3%.  The composite for all middle schools increased by 4.7% to 56.1%. 

The Math proficiency composite in grades 3-8 increased in 2015-2016 by 3.4% to 49.9%.  The composite for all elementary schools increased by 3.9% to 58.4%.  The composite for all middle schools increased by 2.1% to 40.9%. 

The Science proficiency composite in grade 5 increased in 2015-2016 by 7.6% to 76.7% and surpassed the state average.  The Science proficiency composite in grade 8 decreased in 2015-2016 by 1.4% to 73.0%. 

The Math I EOC proficiency composite in high schools increased in 2015-2016 by 1.2% to 55.1%. 

The Biology EOC proficiency composite in high schools increased in 2015-2016 by 3.7% to 54.2%. 

The English II EOC proficiency composite in high schools decreased in 2015-2016 by 0.1% to 59.0% and still surpassed the state average of 58.8.

The Graduation Rate
CCS’ Graduation Rate rose by 0.2% from 81.7% to 81.9%.  Of the 16 CCS High Schools who graduate students, 15 of them had a Graduation Rate of at least 80.0%.  The Graduation Rates at 10 high schools increased or remained the same.  The Graduation Rates at 4 high schools were 100%:  Cumberland International Early College, Cross Creek Early College, Reid Ross Classical High, and Howard Health & Life Sciences High. 

Required High School Assessments
The ACT is an assessment administered to all 11th grade students.  The goal is to have a college-bound reportable score of at least 17 in order to be deemed proficient.  In the CCS, an overall decrease of 1.7% to 55.4% was achieved on the ACT. 

The ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered to any 12th-grade students who are identified as CTE Completers. The goal is to have a reported score of at least a silver status in order to be deemed proficient.  In the CCS, an overall increase of 9.0% to 77.0% was achieved on the ACT WorkKeys assessment.  The WorkKeys results surpassed the state average of 73.5%. 

School Performance Grades
Each school in North Carolina is issued a School Performance Grade (SPG).  The CCS was given the following School Performance Grade designations: A+NG=1 (1.3%), A = 3 (3.8%), B = 22 (28%), C = 40 (50%), and D = 14 (17.5%).  No Cumberland County schools received an SPG of F.  Cross Creek Early College earned the distinction as an “A+NG” school.  To be classified as an A+NG school, the school’s SPG score must be between 85-100 and the school must not have significant achievement and/or graduation gaps.  Three (3) schools were recognized as “A” schools: Beaver Dam Elementary, Jack Britt High, and Howard Health and Life Sciences High.

 

Contact: Ron Phipps, Associate Superintendent – Evaluation & Testing – 910.678.8607

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