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READY Results; Graduation Rate Continues to Rise & Exceed State Average

Onslow County Schools, Sept. 1, 2016 — North Carolina school districts’ 2015-16 performance results were presented to the State Board of Education today. In Onslow County Schools, 15 of 19 (79 percent) elementary schools met or exceeded growth, 6 of 8 (75 percent) of middle schools met or exceeded growth and 4 of 7 (57 percent) high schools met or exceeded growth. Growth reflects the academic progress students made during the course of the school year.


Growth is also a component of the legislatively required School Performance Grade (SPG) which is based 80 percent on the school’s achievement results and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. Like last year, schools across the state that have high percentages of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds disproportionately receive the lower school performance grades. In general, Onslow County Schools fared similarly; 76.8 percent of NC schools received a C or higher and 82.4 percent of Onslow schools received a C or above.


Onslow County School’s four-year cohort graduation rate increased one percent to 90.2 percent, higher than the state average of 85.8 percent. On another positive note, the graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students, black students, limited English proficient students and students with disabilities have increased for three consecutive years and are higher than the state average. “This good news is evidence of the hard work of our students, teachers, school and community. I am proud of our accomplishments, but I know the work is far from done. We must continue to invest in our public schools so that every young person has the opportunity to succeed,” said superintendent Rick Stout.


The composite performance scores of the district as a whole were slightly higher than the state average in third grade reading (OCS 58.6 — NC 57.8), fourth grade reading (OCS 59 — NC 58), fifth grade science (OCS 72.1 —NC 71.6) and eighth grade science (OCS 75.2 — NC 73.8).


School districts are also accountable for the percent of students who take rigorous math pathways. We are proud of the fact that since 2014, over 95 percent of our students have been taking rigorous courses in mathematics.


At 59.2 percent Onslow County Schools’ scores were just slightly below the state average of 59.9 on ACT. The scores represent the percentage of 11th graders meeting the UNC System’s minimum admission requirement of a composite score of 17 on the ACT college readiness exam.


Results of the ACT WorkKeys show a slight decrease from 2014-15 (77.6 percent to 76.9 percent respectively.) However, they continue to be above the state average of 73.5 percent. The ACT WorkKeys is an assessment given to all Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who complete a four-course CTE sequence prior to graduation. The ACT WorkKeys assessment provides a gauge of career readiness and is widely recognized as an industry credential. The data reported indicates the number of students meeting the standard of Silver or higher (Gold or Platinum) certificate.


Overall, Onslow County Schools achievement results have remained stable. To increase outcomes, the district is committed to providing tiered supports to schools and students with greater needs through growth action teams and multi-tiered systems of support.





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