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BCPS schools receive A, B, or C grade - Graduation rate remains high

posted Sep 3, 2015, 8:17 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

North Carolina’s second annual school performance grades were presented to the State Board of Education on Tuesday showing that 72.2 percent of traditional public schools earned grades of C or better for the 2014-15 school year. In the Burke County Public Schools system, 100 percent of the schools* eligible for a letter grade earned grades of C or better.

For the 10th consecutive year, North Carolina’s four-year cohort high school graduation rate is up and is now at 85.4 percent. In Burke County Public Schools, the cohort high school graduation rate remains over the 90 percent mark at 90.1 percent.

Burke Middle College once again had a 100 percent graduation rate. Patton High School also received a greater than 95 percent graduation rate. Freedom High School’s graduation rate is 92.2, Draughn High School’s graduation rate is 91.8 and East Burke High School’s graduation rate is 91.7.

Burke Middle College’s school performance grade is once again an A. In the Burke County Public Schools system, 10 schools received a B performance grade and 14 schools received a C performance grade.

As for growth, all 15 elementary schools and all five middle schools made expected growth, as did two high schools, Freedom and Patton.

As required by state legislation, the School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on the school's achievement score and 20 percent on students' academic growth. 

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “Burke County Public Schools once again has top-performing schools that meet and exceed growth. Burke Middle College continues to be a shining star with the highest performance grade and highest graduation rate a school can receive. I am equally proud of Patton High School for achieving a B letter grade, meeting growth and especially for its exceptional graduation rate, which improved by at least 5.5 percentage points. All of our students deserve a shout out for their hard work under the guidance and direction of our passionate teachers and staff and their parents and a community that is committed to education. Our new tagline is “Igniting Learning For A Brighter Future” and the result of our graduation rate and high performance grades released today back that up.”

North Carolina State Superintendent June Atkinson said, “North Carolinians can be pleased that our high school graduation continues to increase and reached a new all-time high of more than 85 percent in 2015. Our graduation rate is a bright spot, and I also am pleased that mathematics performance improved across elementary and middle schools.”

            Atkinson also expressed concern that schools with high percentages of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds were most likely to receive D or F school performance grades. “We know that students who come from poor circumstances often make significant academic growth each year, but they often begin school behind their more affluent peers and have many obstacles to overcome. Many of our children living in poverty do not have access to preschool education – a well-researched strategy for improving student achievement.”

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey noted that the school performance grades provide a starting point for parents to learn more about school performance. “The letter grades give an overview of academic performance,” Cobey said, “and provide a springboard for parents to learn more about the specifics of particular schools’ performance in reading, math and science. I encourage parents to review the grades, visit the school and ask questions about student performance and opportunities for improvement.”

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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