REFINEMENT OF THE ABCs AWARDS & RECOGNITION CATEGORIES
(Based on State Board of Education Approval on May 2, 2001)
Effective with the 2001-02 School Year
School Status Labels
Based on Percent of Students' Scores at or above Achievement Level III
|Schools Making Expected Growth or High Growth||Schools Making Less than Expected Growth|
|90% to 100%||School of Excellence||No Recognition|
|80% to 89%||School of Distinction|
|60% to 79%||School of Progress|
|50% to 59%||Priority School|
|Less than 50%||Priority School||Low-Performing*|
25/10 Most Improved Schools in Academic Growth: The 25 Most Improved K-8 schools and 10 Most Improved High Schools are those that attain the State's highest values on the high growth composite.
- In schools attaining the High Growth standard, certified staff members each receive $1,500 and teacher assistants $500.
- In school attaining the Expected Growth standard (but less than High Growth), certified staff members each receive $750 and teacher assistants $375.
A school that does not meet the expected growth standard and has a performance composite of less than 50% is subject to the statutory requirements regarding parental notification, state assistance, personnel, and other matters. Beginning in 2004-05, a school that does not meet the expected growth standard and has a performance composite of less than 60% would be subject to these requirements. The implementation date of 2004-05 coincides with the first graduating class subject to the Exit Exam of Essential Skills.
The term "low-performing" is required by G.S. 115C-105.37 which states "Low-performing schools are those in which there is a failure to meet the minimum growth standards, as defined by the State Board, and a majority of students are performing below grade level." If a term other than low-performing is desired, then the statute may have to be changed.