2017-18 Ready Accountability Release
More than two-thirds of Person County schools met or exceeded expectations for academic progress for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, more than two- thirds of Person County Schools earned a letter grade C or higher under the state’s annual School Performance Grade accountability measurement.
Accountability results were released to the State Board of Education along with the four-year Cohort Graduation Rate for the class of 2018. The four-year graduation rate, tracking students who entered 9th grade in 2014, shows that 87.3% of Person County students graduated last school year. This is an increase of 8.5% from the previous year which was 78.8% and exceeds the current State average of 86.3%
Because of changes to the state’s accountability measurements required under the federal, Every Student Succeeds Act, school grades, growth results and graduation rates for the 2017-18 school year are not comparable to past performance during the five years the state has assessed schools using the A-F letter grades and 13 years reporting the Cohort Graduation Rate. Schools are now accountable for the progress of non-English speaking students in mastering English skills and are also subject to a number of other changes affecting School Performance Grades, growth calculations and the graduation rate.
In terms of the performance of individual students on state end-of- rade and end-of-course exams, however, calculations for determining rates of Grade Level Proficiency (GLP) and College and Career Readiness (CCR) are unchanged from past years.
District-wide in 2017-18, students in grades 3-8 continued to make steady gains in math performance, with 44.8% achieving the CCR standard (exam scores of level 4 or 5) and 53.1% meeting the GLP standard (score of 3, 4 and 5). In Reading, the percentage of students in all grades 3-8 achieving the CCR standard was 43.7% and 56.6% meeting the GLP standard.
In comparison of the performance of statewide and individual grades to Person County, PCS elementary students in 2017-18 generally gained in reading, particularly 4th and 5th grade, while the district’s sixth grade students saw in increase in both reading and math percentages compared to the State. While PCS high school students performed slightly below the state average in Math, Biology and English II, the cohort graduation rate and Math Course Rigor was slightly above the state average.
Even though the assessment measures from the 2017-18 school year is not an accurate comparison to previous years based on performance levels due to the implementation of ESSA, student performance shows that Person County Schools must continue to emphasize innovation and personalized learned to ensure continued progress.
The school grades are based primarily on overall proficiency rates on the state’s standardized end-of-grade tests, and to a lesser extent, the growth students make during the year, irrespective of performance level. Eighty percent of the grade is for the percentage of tests earning a score considered grade-level proficient; 20 percent is for growth, measured by a statistical model that compares each student’s predicted test score, based on past performance, against his or her actual result.
In terms of growth achieved by schools this past year, 73% of Person County Schools meet or exceeded expected growth standards. 27% of schools in Person County exceeded expected growth while 46% of schools in Person County met their expected performance.
Dr. Peterson’s Quote:
“We are extremely proud of the progress made in our graduation rate and the efforts our staff has put in that allowed our students to meet their expected growth standards. While we are not satisfied with our scores, we are confident in our PCS22 plan and the measures it has set for our schools to perform moving forward.”