ECPPS Announces Data Results for 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 accountability data for schools across the state was presented to the North Carolina State Board of Education today. ECPPS is pleased to report seven schools met growth last year. Both middle schools met growth for two consecutive years.

The district continues its forward motion with Learning Focused, a curriculum framework for teaching and learning, in an intentional effort to address student achievement in our district. We recognize that there are still challenges ahead with regard to student achievement and growth; however, our leaders, teachers and staff are committed to success for each of the students we serve.

Superintendent Cartner praises teachers and staff for their hard work. "ECPPS has an amazing team of hardworking, caring and dedicated educators and support staff who are going the extra mile to meet the needs of our students. They are focused on meeting them where they are, while ensuring they have the knowledge and tools to experience growth, both academically and personally."

ECPPS had seven schools meet growth last year which included: J.C. Sawyer, Northside, Sheep-Harney, Weeksville, ECMS, RRMS, and PCHS. Of twelve schools, five did not meet growth. We are continuing to look at areas where we have deficiencies and to further develop our strategies to address them. Student growth and achievement is of high priority for us.

It is worthy to note, that NC Math I results indicated an increase of 5.4% and 8th grade science experienced an increase of 3.7%, in students demonstrating proficiency. The following chart shows the growth status for ECPPS schools for the past two years:

School

2016-2017

2015-2016

Central Elementary

Not Met

Met

J.C. Sawyer Elementary

Met

Met

Northside Elementary

Met

Not Met

P.W. Moore Elementary

Not Met

Not Met

Pasquotank Elementary

Not Met

Not Met

Sheep-Harney Elementary

Met

Exceeded

Weeksville Elementary

Met

Exceeded

Elizabeth City Middle

Met

Met

River Road Middle

Met

Met

Northeastern High

Not Met

Met

Pasquotank High

Met

Exceeded

H.L. Trigg Community School

Not Met

Not Met

ECPPS received the School Performance Grades for 2016-2017. School Performance Grades are based on 20% growth and 80% proficiency. H.L. Trigg Community School is not included in the School Performance Grades; however, they are graded on an alternative model and received a "C-Maintaining" for 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 School Performance Grades for ECPPS are as follows:

School

2016-2017

2015-2016

Central Elementary

D

C

J.C. Sawyer Elementary

D

C

Northside Elementary

C

C

P.W. Moore Elementary

F

D

Pasquotank Elementary

D

D

Sheep-Harney Elementary

C

C

Weeksville Elementary

C

B

Elizabeth City Middle

D

D

River Road Middle

D

D

Northeastern High

C

C

Pasquotank County High

C

C

The accountability standards set forth by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), use School Performance Grades as a determining factor in school districts being considered low-performing. School district performance data may indicate a school's growth; however, the School Performance Grades drive low-performing status at the state level. School districts with more than half of their schools receiving less than a "C" for their School Performance Grade would be considered low performing. ECPPS had six schools receive a "C" for 2016-2017, five receive a "D" and one school received an "F". The state does not allow ECPPS to consider the "C-Maintaining" grade that H.L. Trigg received when determining the district's performance status. Therefore, ECPPS will be considered a low-performing district for 2016-2017. NCDPI presented a list of low performing districts as part of their accountability release today as well. Other districts in our region that are considered low performing included: Washington, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash-Rocky Mount, Hertford and Northampton.

"The accountability data provides school districts with measurable goals for ensuring our students are learning and experiencing academic growth", said Superintendent Cartner. "ECPPS believes that children are more than test scores, and we have an abundance of support and opportunities available to our students. Our district is in the second year of Learning Focused implementation which supports teachers in their efforts to provide differentiated instruction for their students. I am confident that with the work being done in this district to provide optimum learning opportunities for our children, we will provide continued positive outcomes for our students, families and community."

School graduation rates were also released today as part of the accountability data for NC school districts. ECPPS' overall 4-year graduation rate for 2016-2017 was 86.3% which remains consistently close to the 2015-2016 rate of 86.4%.

The state will issue the 2016-2017 North Carolina School Report Cards this fall which will include much of this data and more. ECPPS will make this information available on our website and will send a snapshot of the report cards home with students once they are released from the state.

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