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State releases school report cards

posted Dec 2, 2015, 5:10 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 5:11 AM ]
    The North Carolina School Report Cards were released Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, each school in the Burke County Public Schools district received a School Performance Grade of “C” or better.
    Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “I continue to be very proud of our schools and our accomplishments. When you compare Burke County Public Schools students with students across the state, we out perform, out rank and out shine state averages in almost every category. Add in factors such as our high cohort graduation rate and low teacher turnover rate and you end up with a top-notch, top-performing school district. I give credit where credit is due and that’s to our passionate students and supportive parents and community members, as well as our dedicated teachers, support staff, principals and directors who put our students first.”
    Putnam added that parents can expect to receive copies of their child’s school report card soon. Information also is available online at www.dip.state.nc.us. The report cards include a comprehensive collection of data on state, district and school-level information about student performance and attendance, class size, safety, technology and teacher quality.
    The A-F letter grades are required by state legislation. Student proficiency makes up 80 percent of the grade and academic growth makes up 20 percent. During the 2014-15 school year, 22 schools in the Burke County district exceeded or met growth.
    Putnam said, “In this second year of the state assigning letter grades to schools, it is encouraging to see that more of our schools moved into the B category compared to last year and more of our schools met or exceeded growth. While the state continued with the 15-point grading scale again this year, the 80-20 rule is still flawed. Basing 80 percent of a school’s letter grade on students’ test taking abilities on a particular day compared to 20 percent of the students’ total growth between day 1 and day 180 places too much weight on testing. 

A School
Burke Middle College

B Schools
Glen Alpine Elementary (met growth)
Hildebran Elementary (met growth)
Ray Childers Elementary (met growth)
Rutherford College Elementary (met growth)
Salem Elementary (met growth)
Valdese Elementary (met growth)
East Burke Middle (met growth)
Heritage Middle (exceeded growth)
Draughn High (did not meet growth)
Patton High (met growth) 

C Schools
Chesterfield Elementary (met growth)
Drexel Elementary (exceeded growth)
Forest Hill Elementary (met growth)
George Hilebrand Elementary (met growth)
Icard Elementary (exceeded growth)
Mountain Crest Elementary (exceeded growth)
Mull Elementary (exceeded growth)
Oak Hill Elementary (exceeded growth)
WA Young Elementary (exceeded growth)
Liberty Middle (met growth)
Table Rock Middle (exceeded growth)
Walter Johnson Middle (met growth)
East Burke High (did not meet growth)
Freedom High (met growth)

(Note: Hallyburton Academy and North Liberty School are not included on the school report cards because of their size, transient population and testing requirements.)

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
(w) 438-2989 | (c) 432-6212