Education

NC to release school test scores Thursday

Posted August 2, 2012 6:06 a.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2012 8:26 a.m. EDT

Education

— The report cards are in for North Carolina's public schools. 

State school officials will release the annual ABCs of Public Education report at 10 a.m. on Thursday, which shows how students performed on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken in grades 3 through 12. Schools will be named as highest and lowest performers. 

The state will also release the Annual Measurable Objectives results, which will show how schools in the state performed on specific proficiency targets for each student subgroup. Thanks to a waiver issued by the United States Department of Education, the state will no longer report Adequate Yearly Progress results.

The "all or nothing standard" required by AYP rated overall performance on student reading and mathematics scores required by the No Child Left Behind law. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said AMOs provide a clearer picture of how a school is performing.

In 2011, graduation rates rose to 77.7 percent, the highest four-year graduation rate ever reported in North Carolina.

Despite the increase, the number of schools meeting state and federal measures dropped last year from 88 percent in 2009-10 to 81.4 percent.