Scotland County’s public schools demonstrated an above-average performance in meeting its annual performance goals last year, according to the state Board of Education.
The ABC’s of Public Education report, released Thursday, measures the performance of school systems in meeting Annual Measurable Objectives. The objectives are a series of performance targets that school districts and schools must achieve each year to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind.
This is the last time that Scotland or any North Carolina school system will receive the annual report cards.
Overall, the Scotland County school system met 56 of 63 of its AMO targets - 88.9 percent. School systems statewide met an average of 84.6 percent of their AMO targets. Last year, the Scotland County school district met 46 of 56 targets, meeting 82.1 percent of its goals for the 2010-2011 school year.
Performance on end of year tests was measured in demographic subgroups, with other AMO targets including test participation rates.
Within the district, nine of Scotland County’s 14 public schools met expected growth targets, with proficiency determined by the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on end of course testing. Those that fell short were Shaw Academy with 20.2 percent proficiency, I. Ellis Johnson Elementary with 71.9 percent proficiency, North Laurinburg Elementary with 70.7 percent proficiency, Scotland High with 75.5 percent proficiency, and Wagram Primary with 66.3 percent proficiency.
All other schools met their expected growth rates, with both Scotland Early College High with 98.8 percent proficiency and Spring Hill Middle with 80.8 percent proficiency achieving high growth. SEarCH was named an honor school of excellence while Spring Hill was named a school of distinction.
With 89.5 percent proficiency, Laurel Hill Elementary was also named a school of distinction, as was South Scotland Elementary with 82.9 percent proficiency.
Schools of progress were Carver Middle with 69.5 percent proficiency, Covington Street Elementary with 75.3 percent proficiency, Pate-Gardner Elementary with 72.3 percent proficiency, Sycamore Lane Middle with 75.2 percent proficiency, and Washington Park Elementary with 75.9 percent proficiency.
School officials, including Superintendent Rick Stout, were unavailable on Friday for comment.
This is the 16th year for the report. The accountability system is being replaced next year.
A new READY school accountability model will continue to focus on individual schools but will also more accurately measure college and career readiness.