2012-13 READY Results

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 03:12 AM

The North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction recently released school, district and state test results from the 2012-13 school year.

These results are the first ever published under the state’s new READY initiative and represent a new era of heightened focus on postsecondary readiness for students, schools and districts throughout the state.

Rutherford County Schools results reflected that drop showing that 38.8 percent of students in the district are proficient on all EOG/EOC tests combined in its performance composite. Individual school results were also released. Performance composite results for the high schools were:

Chase High School: 37 percent

East Rutherford High School: 29.2 percent

R-S Central High School: 35.7 percent

Rutherford Early College High School: 52.6 percent

Rutherford Opportunity Center: 12 percent

Chase Middle School: 35.4 percent

Cliffside Elementary School: 47.4 percent

East Rutherford Middle School: 39.8 percent

Ellenboro Elementary School: 46.1 percent

Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School: 35.7 percent

Forrest Hunt Elementary School: 40.6 percent

Harris Elementary School: 40 percent

Mt. Vernon-Ruth Elementary School: 43.9 percent

Pinnacle Elementary School: 55.9 percent

R-S Middle School: 33.5 percent

Rutherfordton Elementary School: 43.4 percent

Spindale Elementary School: 40 percent

Sunshine Elementary School: 51.9 percent

North Carolina public schools implemented the Common Core and North Carolina Essential State Standards for the first time last year, replacing the previous statewide curriculum with new college and career ready content standards at each grade level and in each subject area. Students across the state also completed new end-of-term tests aligned to those new content standards for the first time last year, and their performance on those assessments is measured against higher achievement standards approved by the State Board of Education last month. The release of test results represents the state’s first look at student, school, and district achievement under the new READY initiative.

The combination of new curriculum content, new assessments, new

achievement standards and a new focus on college and career readiness caused 2012-13 test results to decline from previous levels throughout the state. State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson cited a 30-point to 40-point decrease in school, district and state performance with the release of 2012-13 test results.

According to Atkinson, this decrease in test results does not reflect a decrease in student learning last year. Instead, it reflects more rigorous expectations for student achievement aligned to new college and career readiness standards.

“While there are numerical differences in this year’s results from those we’ve seen in previous years, those differences are misleading. The READY model measures something altogether different, and it measures it quite differently, than North Carolina’s old ABC’s accountability model," said Dr. David Sutton, assistant superintendent for RCS. "Given the dramatic changes to curriculum standards, assessments, achievement expectations, and anticipated outcomes represented by the READY initiative, today’s results establish a new starting point with little relationship to previous results.”

Parents of RCS' students who completed standardized tests last year will receive individual student performance reports from those assessments beginning Thursday.

“Like school, district and state reports released by the State Board of Education earlier today, individual student reports also reflect North Carolina’s higher expectations for performance," RCS Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason said. “We encourage parents throughout our community to carefully review individual student reports when they are released next week, and to contact principals with any questions they may have about those reports. As always, we are committed to providing meaningful information to all parents about the learning underway in our classrooms and to working closely with families to ensure that every graduate of our school district is fully prepared for a bright and successful future.”

For more information and to see results from all schools in the RCS district, visit http://www.ncaccountabilitymodel.org.