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Addendum to the ABCs
Results of the 2001-02 ABCs Pilot Program to Test and Evaluate a
Revised School Accountability Model for the ABCs Plan

 

Executive Summary

Section 8.36 of the special provisions in the 1999 Budget required the State Board of Education to establish a pilot program in up to five Local Education Agencies (LEAs) "for the purpose of determining whether revisions in the present accountability model are likely to result in more students demonstrating mastery of grade level subject matter and skills." Section 8.36 further specified that the Board should report by October 15, 2001, and annually thereafter, "its findings and recommendations regarding the continued implementation, expansion, and modification of the pilot program."

The 2001 report to the General Assembly was rescheduled for December due to the delay in ABCs reporting as a result of the equating study in mathematics. In that report, the State Board recommended to discontinue the ABCs Pilot at the conclusion of the 2001-02 school year due to SB 1005 Section 23.30.(a) (G.S. 115C-105.35), which required the SBE to incorporate a "closing the achievement gap" component in the ABCs beginning with the 2002-03 school year.

The State Board of Education was required to establish awards for pilot schools that meet the goals of the pilot program. These results are presented to the Board in order to fulfill its responsibility to identify, approve and award those schools that merited awards on the basis of their performance during the 2001-02 ABCs Pilot Program, the last year of its implementation.

The five participating LEAs were: Bladen County Schools (090); Craven County Schools (250); Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (340); Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (600); and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools (700). Within each LEA, all schools containing any of the grades 3-8 participated. Based on analyses of the 2001-02 ABCs data for participating schools in these Local Education Agencies, 79 schools (36.9% of participating schools) merit awards for meeting the goals of the pilot program during its final year. Table 1 shows the number and percentage of schools (by LEA, and in the total pilot program) that met the goals of the pilot program during 2001-02. Subsequent pages show the results for each participating school.

 

Table 1. Number and Percent of Schools Meeting ABCs Pilot Requirements

 

 

Pilot Requirements

 

 

Met

Not Met

Total

LEA

Name

N

%

N

%

N

%

090

Bladen County Schools

4

33.3

8

66.7

12

100.0

250

Craven County Schools

10

52.6

9

47.4

19

100.0

340

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

14

25.5

41

74.5

55

100.0

600

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

47

39.8

71

60.2

118

100.0

700

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools

4

40.0

6

60.0

10

100.0

Total

79

36.9

135

63.1

214

100.0

 
 

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