“Belmont and Manning Elementary both increased their performance score by five points,” said Superintendent Dain Butler. “For the first time, Manning earned a performance score of 71 which awarded them a B rating. Belmont went from a D to a C rating. Three of the four district schools also met or exceeded growth.”
Manning Elementary exceeded growth while Belmont Elementary and Chaloner met growth.
Roanoke Rapids High School, which scored a C, did not meet growth expectations.
The school grades are based primarily on overall proficiency rates on the state’s standardized end-of-grade tests, and to a lesser extent, the growth students make during the year, regardless of performance level.
Eighty percent of the grade is for the percentage of tests earning a score considered grade-level proficient; 20 percent is for growth, measured by a statistical model that compares each student’s predicted test score, based on past performance, against his or her actual result.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson said that while last year was something of a reset year for measuring performance at the school level, student performance shows the state must continue to stress innovation and personalized learning to ensure continued progress.
“That’s exactly what we’ve done in our district,” Butler said. “This directly aligns with our district’s vision and mission. We will continue to focus on building strong relationships with all students while customizing their learning experiences. I am very proud of our students, staff, and community for their hard work and dedication to our students. Our academic success has been achieved through our teamwork.”
Manning Elementary was not the only school to score a B.
Roanoke Valley Early College, a collaborative effort between Halifax Community College and Weldon City Schools also received a B and met expected growth.
“I’m delighted we see how what we are doing together is paying off,” HCC President Michael Elam said this afternoon. “In continuing to work together I think we see immediately working together works.”
Elam said the early college concept “really does help students focus on their pathways. It makes it easier when you know where you’re going. That helps motivate students and prepare them for where they are headed.”
The college president said the high mark is result of concerted efforts between HCC and the school system. “There’s a lot of hard-working instructors. It’s all of us working together to create that environment.”
Halifax County Schools
Northwest Halifax Collegiate and Technical scored a D and did not meet its expected growth.
Southeast Halifax Collegiate Prep Academy scored a D and met its expected growth.
Aurelian Springs Institute of Global Learning scored a C and met expected growth.
Enfield Middle STEAM Academy scored an F and did not meet expected growth.
Everetts Elementary STEM Academy scored a D and exceeded expected growth.
Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy scored a C and met expected growth.
Inborden Elementary STEAM Academy scored a D and met expected growth.
Pittman Elementary Leadership Academy scored a D and did not meet expected growth.
Scotland Neck Elementary Leadership Academy scored a D and met expected growth.
William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy scored a D and met expected growth.
Weldon City Schools
Weldon Elementary Global Academy scored a D and met expected growth.
Weldon Middle scored a D and exceeded expected growth.
Weldon STEM High School Career Academies scored an F and met expected growth.
KIPP Gaston College Preparatory scored a C and met expected growth.
KIPP Halifax College Prep scored a D and did not meet expected growth.
Northampton County Schools
Central Elementary scored a D and met expected growth.
Conway Middle School scored a D and met expected growth.
Gaston Elementary scored an F and met growth expectations.
Gaston Middle scored an F and did not meet expected growth.
Northampton County High School scored a D and did not meet expected growth.
Northampton Early College scored a C and met expected growth.