School Report Card Welcome Letter
Welcome to the 2016 edition of the North Carolina School Report Cards. This is the 15th year that North Carolina has provided a comprehensive resource for information about student achievement, the school environment and student safety at the state, district and school levels.
For the third year, school performance grades (A-F), as required by the state law, are included on the school-level Report Cards for traditional and charter schools. The law requires student proficiency to count 80 percent and academic growth to count 20 percent of the grade.
Important notes about this year’s School Report Cards are listed below:
- Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) are replaced with Participation Targets, as North Carolina is no longer required to report AMO proficiency targets for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- Information about Wireless Access Points per classroom has been added to help evaluate digital access for students.
- Teacher Quality/Educator Effectiveness & College Enrollment/Course Completion did not make the first release but will be included at a future date.
The SAS software powering the Report Cards allows for side-by-side school comparisons. Since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the Report Cards should not be used to rank schools. And while the NC School Report Card snapshots offer a helpful summary of school-level information, we encourage you to visit the school and speak to the principal, teachers and perhaps even other parents to learn more about the special programs, school structure and learning environment to decide what may best meet your child’s educational needs.
Thank you for your interest in and support of public education in North Carolina!
William W. Cobey Jr.
Chairman, State Board of Education