BONUSES WILL GO TO TEACHERS FOR SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN LOW-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS
Teachers in 35 persistently low-achieving schools across the state of North Carolina will receive bonuses for realizing higher than expected gains in student growth in the 2011-12 school year. This is a 52 percent increase over the number of schools that achieved this during the previous school year.
North Carolina’s Race to the Top (RttT) grant provides an incentive award for teachers and other certified educators in any of the 118 schools defined by RttT as persistently low-achieving. For a school to be eligible to receive bonuses, the school must have achieved higher than expected improvements during the 2011-12 school year, based on ABC/Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) results.
Thirty-five schools achieved higher than expected gains during the 2011-12 school year, up from 23 schools in 2010-11. Eight schools achieved higher than expected improvement both years.
NCDPI officials attribute the success of these schools to the partnership between the NCDPI turnaround teams and the teachers, principals and support staff in these schools over the last two years. Comprehensive needs assessments were performed to determine strengths and areas needing improvement. Teams from NCDPI then worked with teachers, principals and other key staff members in each school to target specific needs and develop plans for addressing them.
"How wonderful to know that so many students are achieving at higher and higher levels in schools that have faced significant challenges in the past," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "We are very proud of these teachers, their principals and colleagues for implementing such successful improvements. We feel certain that more and more students will benefit in years to come."
Bonuses of $1,500 will be paid to teachers and additional eligible personnel (principals, assistant principals and student services personnel) if they returned to the same persistently low-achieving school this year where they taught in 2011-12. If they did not return, they will receive a $750 bonus.
A chart listing the schools meeting the criteria for bonuses follows.
Low-Achieving Schools and ABC Growth Data 2010-11 and 2011-12
|LEA||School||Made High Growth in 2010-11||Made High Growth in 2011-12|
|Anson County Schools||Anson High||Yes|
|Anson County Schools||Morven Elementary||Yes|
|Hickory City Schools||Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||Hillside High||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||Fayetteville Street Elementary||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||Southern High||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||Spring Valley Elementary||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||WG Pearson Elementary||Yes|
|Durham Public Schools||YE Smith Elementary||Yes||Yes|
|W-S/Forsyth County Schools||Forest Park Elementary||Yes|
|W-S/Forsyth County Schools||Philo Middle||Yes|
|Gaston County Schools||Pleasant Ridge Elementary||Yes||Yes|
|Gaston County Schools||Woodhill Elementary||Yes|
|Greene County Schools||Greene Central High||Yes|
|Greene County Schools||Greene County Middle||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||T Wingate Andrews High||Yes||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||Fairview Elementary||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||Julius I Foust Elementary||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||Oak Hill Elementary||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||Ben L Smith High||Yes|
|Guilford County Schools||Union Hill Elementary||Yes||Yes|
|Halifax County Schools||Northwest High||Yes|
|Halifax County Schools||Southeast Halifax High||Yes|
|Halifax County Schools||William R Davie Middle||Yes|
|Hertford County Schools||Riverview Elementary||Yes|
|Hertford County Schools||Student Development Center||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||Billingsville Elementary||Yes||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||Martin Luther King Jr Middle||Yes||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||Pawtuckett Elementary||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||Sedgefield Elementary||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||Thomasboro Elementary||Yes|
|Charlotte-Meck Schools||West Mecklenburg High||Yes|
|Pasquotank County Schools||PW Moore Elementary||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||North Pitt High||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Northwest Elementary||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Pactolus Elementary||Yes||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Wellcome Middle||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Charles W McCrary Elementary||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Mineral Springs Elementary||Yes|
|Pitt County Schools||Fairgrove Middle||Yes|
|Robeson County Schools||Townsend Middle||Yes|
|Rockingham County Schools||Lawsonville Ave Elementary||Yes|
|Rowan-Salisbury Schools||North Rowan High||Yes|
|Scotland County Schools||SHS-Visual & Performing Arts||Yes|
|Tyrrell County Schools||Columbia High||Yes|
|Union County Public Schools||Rock Rest Elementary||Yes|
|Washington County Schools||Pines Elementary||Yes|
|Wayne County Public Schools||Goldsboro High||Yes|
|Wilson County Schools||Beddingfield High||Yes||Yes|
|Wilson County Schools||Vick Elementary||Yes|
|Number of Schools Making High Growth||23||35|
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.