Dare school performance detailed

Published 10:47 am Saturday, October 5, 2019

Since the 2013-14 school term, student performance data has been used to assign letter grades to North Carolina public schools as required by the North Carolina General Assembly.

School grades are based on each school’s achievement score (80 percent) and each school’s student academic growth (20 percent).

The total school performance score is converted to a 100-point scale and then used to determine a school performance grade of A (85-100), B (70-84), C (55-69), D (40-54) or F (0-39).

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This chart indicates how Dare County Schools performed in the 2018-19 academic year as compared to the previous two school years in letter and numerical grades and in growth.


Eight Dare County schools received school performance grades of B with a numerical range between 70 and 83. This is the highest number of schools in the B category in three years.

Over the three years, five schools have consistently registered school performance grades of B: Cape Hatteras Elementary, First Flight Elementary, First Flight High, Kitty Hawk Elementary, Nags Head Elementary. First Flight, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head elementary schools increased numerical B scores this past academic year.

Two schools moved from C to B. Cape Hatteras Secondary and Manteo Middle both registered 70. Earning Cs are First Flight Middle School and Manteo Elementary.

At the state level, 2,543 district schools and charter schools received school performance grades.

For last year, 29.3 percent of these schools earned Bs and 41.1 percent earned Cs.

The five-year strategic plan for Dare County Schools states: “By 2023 . . . all schools will achieve a North Carolina School Performance Grade of an A.”

In the 2018-19 year, five Dare County Schools, or 50 percent, exceeded growth expectations: Kitty Hawk Elementary, Nags Head Elementary and all three Manteo schools.

Meeting growth expectations are the two Cape Hatteras Schools, First Flight Elementary and First Flight High School. For two years, First Flight Middle has not met growth expectations.

At the state level, 2,523 public schools participated in the statewide testing program using test scores from all end-of-grade and end-of-course tests for English II, NC Math 1 and NC Math 3 (for those students who took Math 1 in eighth grade or earlier). A value added growth model, EVAAS, is used to determine school accountability growth.

Last year, 27.5 percent of the schools participating earned exceeded expected growth and 45.8 percent met expected growth, while 26.7 did not meet expected growth.

The five-year strategic plan for Dare County Schools states: “By 2023 . . . all schools will exceed growth as measured by North Carolina State Growth and Accountability Measures.”

Dare County’s overall graduation rate for last year was 90.5 percent. The five-year strategic plan for Dare County Schools states: “By 2023 . . . all students will graduate from high school.”




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