NC School Report Cards
At its September Board of Education Meeting, Union County Public Schools (UCPS) released several accountability measures for the 2016-17 school year. The report included information about School Performance Grades, Grade Level Proficiency, State Assessments and School Performance Growth. The state of North Carolina provided a preliminary report on Sept. 7 at the State Board of Education meeting.
Highlights of the report show that two schools (East and Benton Heights elementary schools) moved out of low-performing status. The two elementary schools exceeded growth and will not be identified on the state’s low-performing list. Also, more schools exceeded growth than in 2015-16, more schools earned an A or higher designation and UCPS still has the highest graduation rate among the 10 largest districts in North Carolina.
Since 2013, North Carolina public and charter schools have received a letter grade under the General Assembly’s A-F School Performance Grades legislation. School Performance Grades are based on 80 percent of the school’s achievement score and 20 percent of students’ academic growth. There are 53 schools in UCPS and 50 were scored using this model. Three schools, Wolfe, Walter Bickett Education Center and South Providence, were not scored because they do not the fit the NC Performance Grades model.
Ten schools earned a designation of A+(NG), the most in a four-year period. In addition, 32 percent of schools earned an A+ (NG) or A designation and 70 percent of schools earned an A+(NG), A or B designation. This is an increase of nearly 17% from 2015-16.
The schools with an A+(NG) designation are Antioch, Kensington, Marvin, New Town, Sandy Ridge, and Weddington elementary schools; Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Union County Early College, and Piedmont and Cuthbertson high schools.
Eight schools improved their School Performance Grade. Kensington earned a B in 2015-16 and an A+(NG) in 2016-17. Sun Valley Elementary, Union Elementary, Piedmont Middle and Porter Ridge Middle and Parkwood High earned a C in 2015-16. These schools have earned a B for 2016-17. Monroe Middle’s grade rose from a F to a D in 2016-17 and Marshville Elementary rose from a D to a C in 2016-17.
“I want to commend our principals, administrators, teachers and students for their hard work,” said Dr. Andrew Houlihan, Superintendent of Schools. The graduation rate and other accountability results show that our school leaders and teachers are moving students in the right direction and I am very proud of each of them. We still have more work to do and I am confident that the resources and support we have in place will improve teaching and learning in UCPS.”
The UCPS four-year graduation cohort rate for 2016-17 is 92.5%. UCPS still holds the highest graduation rate among the 10 largest school districts in North Carolina. This is the fifth consecutive year the district’s four-year graduation cohort rate has exceeded 90 percent.
Eight of the district’s 12 high schools had a graduation rate of 90% or higher. Two high schools, Union County Early College and Marvin Ridge High, earned a 100% graduation rate. Schools that scored above 90 percent are Central Academy of Technology and Arts (99.5), Cuthbertson (98.3), Parkwood (90.8), Piedmont (94.6), Porter Ridge (94), and Weddington (98.9).
“Union County Public Schools is committed to college and career readiness,” Dr. Houlihan said. More students are graduating from our schools prepared for a post-secondary education or the workforce and I celebrate these accomplishments with our counselors, school leaders and parents.”
2016-17 READY Accountability Data Highlights:
- 82 percent of schools either met or exceeded growth in the 2016-17 school year.
- 43 percent of schools exceeded growth, compared to 24% in 2015-16.
- The number of schools exceeding growth in 2016-17 was the highest in the last three-year reporting period.
- 70 percent of schools earned an A+(NG), A or B designation. This is an increase of 17% from 2015-16.
- Overall, Grade Level Proficiency (GLP) and College and Career Ready (CCR) scores are the highest in a three-year reporting period. CCR is 64.5% in 2016-17, compared to 62.6% in 2015-16. GLP is 72.8%compared to 71.1% in 2015-16.
To view the UCPS district report card click the "NC School Report Cards" link below then "District Report Card" link and choose the category you wish to view. Once the category page loads you will need to choose Union County Public Schools using the "Select District(s)" dropdown menu. Alamance-Burlington will be selected by default so you may wish to deselect that district to hide their data.
To find your school's report card click the "NC School Report Cards" link below then "School Report Card" Link and choose the category you wish to view. Once the category page loads you will need to choose Union County Public Schools using the "Select District(s)" dropdown menu and then the school using the "Select School(s)" dropdown. Antioch Elementary will be selected by default so you may wish to deselect that school to hide their data if that is not the school you wish to view.