Published by Laurie Pender on September 5, 2018
Fayetteville, NC – An average of 8 out of 10 Cumberland County schools met or exceeded growth expectations for the 2017-2018 school year. According to data released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Wednesday morning, the Cumberland County School (CCS) system had 80.5% of its schools meet or exceed growth expectations. The state of North Carolina had 72.7% of its schools meet or exceed growth expectations.
The data release showed proficiency scores had a slight decrease while the percentage of schools meeting or exceeding growth showed a slight increase.
Because of many changes made to the state’s accountability measurements required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school grades, growth results and graduation rates for the 2017-2018 school year are not comparable to the previous years’ data in which North Carolina has used the A-F letter grade reporting system.
The calculation rules for individual student performance on state End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments remained the same as in past years.
For four consecutive years, the CCS had seen the district’s overall test score proficiency increase. In 2017-2018, the overall composite decreased slightly (0.9%) from 57.3% in 2016-17 to 56.4%. The CCS had 33% or 29 schools identified as exceeding growth, the highest growth attainable, while the state had 27% of its schools identified as exceeding growth.
End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments
Middle schools growth data are based on results from EOG Assessments in ELA/Reading, Math and Grade 8 Science, as well as the End-of-Course Assessment in Math I. Middle schools had 8 out of 18, or 44% of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations.
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
Proficiency Composite Scores
The Math proficiency composite in Grades 3-8 decreased by 0.2% to 50.6% in 2017-18. The Math composite for all elementary schools decreased by 1.2% to 57.4%. The Math composite for all middle schools increased by 0.6% to 43.1%.
The Science proficiency composite in Grades 5 and 8 decreased by 1.4% to 74.2% in 2017-18. The Science composite in Grade 5 decreased by 1.8% to 73.3% in 2017-18. The Science composite in Grade 8 decreased by 0.9% to 75.2%.
The ELA/English II EOC proficiency composite in high schools decreased by 1.5% to 58.6% in 2017-18.
The Math I EOC proficiency composite in high schools decreased by 2.6% to 57.6% in 2017-18.
The Biology EOC proficiency composite in high schools decreased by 0.1% to 53.4% in 2017-18.
The Graduation Rate
Other Required High School Assessments
The ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered to any Grade 12 student who is identified as a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Completer. 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 decrease of 11% to 63.5% was seen on The ACT WorkKeys assessment.
School Performance Grades (SPG)