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State's ABCs Scores Please Governor

Posted September 10, 2003

— The test scores are in -- The ABCs test scores, that is.

The

ABCs

measure a high-school student's mastery in basic subjects.

The ABCs system has been around for eight years, instituted as a system of accountability. It tests students at or above grade-level, and it also expects the students and schools to grow a certain amount every year.

Teachers in the schools that have the highest growth also get bonuses. So there is a lot of incentive to excel and a lot of excitement about the announcement of the ABCs scores each year.

In the results released Wednesday morning, it appears North Carolina has done better this year than it did last year.

Gov. Mike Easley said there was a time when North Carolina hung its head low about education on a national scale. But Wednesday, he said the state now holds its head high. He announced that this year, 94.3 percent of the state's schools met or exceeed expected growth.

"Last year, our students made the largest one-year gain in performance in the history of the ABCs," Easley said. "And while the scores are increasing, the best news is this: that we are closing the achievement gap. Black and Native-American students gained 10-plus points."

There were only six schools across the state that were identified as low-performing, down from 18 last year and 31 low-performing schools two years ago.

Two of the low-performance schools were Northern Nash High in Rocky Mount and Northampton County-East in Conway.

To see how all the schools in the state fared, go to the ABCs

Web site.

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