The North Carolina State Board of Education will release student testing data from the 2012-13 school year today. This release comes almost six months after students in North Carolina’s schools completed testing.
The data is based on the new Common Core standards in reading and math and reflects major changes to the accountability measures and to end of grade (EOGs) and end of course (EOCs) tests in North Carolina. Students were tested on the new standards using new EOG and EOC tests.
Additionally, the new achievement standards are much higher than on any previous EOG and EOC test administrations.
Historically, when new standards have been set test scores indicate a drop at first. There are other things to consider when examining this past school year’s test scores:
• North Carolina public school students are now required to meet a high standard of proficiency on their EOG and EOC tests.
• In the past, proficiency standards only addressed what students needed for success at the next grade level. The new proficiency standards address how ready students are for college and careers, and whether or not students are on track to be ready for high school graduation.
• It is important to note that Yadkin County students continued to grow academically in 2012-13, even though the tougher achievement standards show that fewer students met the standards. These new scores simply mean that we are expecting students to reach higher levels of learning.
• The 2012-13 test scores will serve as a baseline for the new assessments our students will take. These scores will not affect students’ grades or their current placements.
• Comparing scores from 2012-13 to scores from previous school years is ineffectual. Students were tested on completely new standards in 2012-13 with brand new assessments.
After a review of the data, it becomes evident that students in the Yadkin County Schools scored lower than they had in previous years. However, it is also important to note that the majority of the students did make growth from one school year to the next.
This is the result of the hard work on the part of the students, teachers, school staff, administrators, and the support of parents and the community.
The Yadkin County Schools will continue to provide our students the best education possible, officials said. The system is committed to its mission of preparing globally competitive citizens who possess critical thinking and problem solving skills that maximize their potential.
Officials said they also are committed to working with the community in partnership to ensure that every student is prepared to enter the workforce, enter the military or to attend a college of his or her choice after high school graduation.