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NEWS RELEASES 2012-13

NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: OCTOBER 25, 2012

REPORT CARDS ARE OUT ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Parents and interested citizens looking for a one-stop information source on their local public schools need look no further than the NC School Report Cards website, which has just been updated to reflect 2011-12 school-year data.

The 2012 North Carolina School Report Cards, available online at www.ncreportcards.org, are in the 11th year of publication. The site features a collection of information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology. The School Report Cards website also features data from the district and state levels for comparison purposes.

"We all want to know how our public schools are doing in preparing students for success," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "The NC School Report Cards website helps us see the results of our efforts and highlights areas where we need more focus. I encourage the public school community to review the School Report Cards as a basis for better discussions and decision-making at the school and district levels."

On this year's Report Cards, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) indicator required under No Child Left Behind has been replaced with Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO). Whereas AYP set one proficiency goal for all student groups, AMO provide proficiency goals for each student group. In addition, the School Report Cards will no longer provide proficiency percentages in Algebra II, Physical Science, Civics & Economics, and US History because these tests are no longer given.

School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, summary versions of the Report Cards, to parents across the state beginning today. The Snapshots also will be available on the NC School Report Cards website. Parents and others are encouraged to contact teachers for information about grade level and course curriculum while questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and local superintendents.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide the public with information about local schools, districts and overall state data. The Report Cards site is searchable by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by selecting desired school characteristics.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.