Education

NC superintendent unveils 2016-17 school report cards with new features

Posted December 5, 2017 11:26 a.m. EST

— North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson unveiled the 2016-17 school report cards Tuesday on a newly redesigned website that includes two new features, the state Department of Public Instruction announced.

In addition to being accessible on mobile devices, the report now features information about Career and Technical Education – what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials students have earned – and a student-readiness indicator that shows the percentage of students entering a school’s lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year.

The new website allows for side-by-side school comparisons and provides information about school- and district-level data in a number of areas, including student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and many other details.

The report cards are provided for all North Carolina public schools, including charter and alternative schools. While many parents and caregivers will receive a printed version of the report card for their child’s school, the website contains additional data and information about the indicators that are difficult to capture in a printed document.

In a statement, Johnson said the website "is a resource for parents and educators that provides the transparency they need into the characteristics and performance of our public schools in an easy-to-use format."

"As a parent, I believe this is the kind of information the public needs about our schools, in an accessible format we can all understand," he said. "As a former ninth-grade teacher, I am particularly excited to launch the student-readiness indicator, which shows how prepared students are when they enter a school."

Johnson unveiled the new website at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district leadership meeting Tuesday.

Researchers and others who want more detailed data may visit the school report card analytical site at https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/landing.html. Data downloads are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/researchers/.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide information about local schools, districts and overall state data.