The State released test results earlier today that may have appeared to be lower than you were anticipating, but please do not be alarmed. The drop in test proficiency scores throughout North Carolina was expected. This does not mean that the students have fallen behind. It simply means the demands of the assessments have changed . . . in fact, they have been raised to a much more demanding level.
I want to assure you that our students did not lose ground in their learning last year. Students continued to grow academically, however, the tougher achievement standards will show fewer students meeting the proficiency level. Also, I want to emphasize that in this transition year, these scores will not affect students' grades or current placement.
Change is never easy, but these new assessments, and the increase in rigor, will be advantageous to our students and will give us a clearer picture of how well they are prepared to enter college and the work force. We are pleased with the progress of our students and expect continued success in the coming months and years.
Please click here for a link to the 2012-13 results by school.
Thank you for your continued support.
Tom Forcella, Superintendent
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