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Eighty-Five Percent of Onslow County Schools Met or Exceeded Growth

North Carolina school districts’ 2016-17 performance results were presented to the State Board of Education yesterday. In Onslow County Schools, 84 percent of elementary schools met or exceeded growth, 75 percent of middle schools met or exceeded growth and 100 percent of 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; 77.4 percent of NC schools received a C or higher and 88 percent of Onslow schools received a C or above.


“More schools meeting or exceeding growth and more students reaching grade level as measured by the end-of-the-year state tests is not a coincidence.  It is a direct reflection of the commitment made by our community, local leaders, parents, teachers, and support staff who have joined together to put the education of our children first.” said Superintendent Rick Stout. “As we commit to all working together, we should expect outcomes to continue to improve.”


Onslow County School’s four-year cohort graduation rate has been higher than the state average for the past four years, 89.5 percent compared to the state average of 86.5 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 four consecutive years and are higher than the state average.


The composite performance scores of the district were slightly higher than the state average in third grade reading (OCS 59.8 — NC 57.8), fourth grade reading (OCS 60.6 — NC 57.7), fifth grade reading (OCS 58.4 — NC 56.7). sixth grade reading (OCS 61.1 — NC 61.0), seventh grade reading (OCS 59.7 — 58.2). eighth grade science (OCS 78.6 — NC 75.5) and biology (OCS 61.2 — NC 56.1).


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.


For the past three years OCS ACT scores have increased (57.6 in 14-15 to 60.6 in 16-17) while the state declined (59.7 in 14-15 to 58.8 in 16-17). 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.


ACT WorkKeys increased (76.7 percent in 15-16 to 79.2 percent in 16-17). They continue to be above the state average of 73.3 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.


To accelerate growth OCS is focusing on the quality of teaching and learning that is happening in our classrooms every day.  We especially want to ensure our children are being challenged and are engaged.  Additionally, we are making a concerted effort to support our teachers by making sure they have the resources they need and by encouraging them to work collaboratively.  We continue to focus on the whole child, to include their social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.







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