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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07

NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JANUARY 30, 2007

2006 N.C. SCHOOL REPORT CARDS LAUNCH TODAY

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction launched the 2006 N.C. School Report Cards today, providing parents, educators and others with an up-to-date "one-stop" shop to locate information about how the state's schools and school districts are performing on a variety of measures.

Local school districts will be distributing Snapshots of the report cards to parents across the state beginning today. Snapshots and additional information are available online at www.ncreportcards.org and provide a variety of search capabilities.

"The N.C. School Report Cards provide a significant resource for parents who want to learn more about their schools," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "At the School Report Card site, you can find test scores and even more information to see how your schools and your school district are doing."

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said he views the School Report Cards as tools to help parents and educators be better informed. "Parents can see student performance data and test scores, information about teacher quality, measures of school safety and data on school facilities and technology resources."

There are some new elements to note regarding the 2005-06 school year.

  • Three-year Trend Data for Mathematics: Because new tests were implemented based upon the revised Standard Course of Study for mathematics, a three year trend will not be available in this subject area for this release of the NC School Report Cards.
  • School Improvement Status: If a school has entered Title I Improvement status, a dynamic message will appear. Schools enter Improvement status by not meeting target goals in the same subject (reading, mathematics, or Other Academic Indicators) for two years in a row. A school in Title I School Improvement status must take certain measures to improve performance.
  • District Improvement Status: In addition to schools, school districts will display a dynamic message based upon whether or not they have entered Title I Improvement status. Districts enter Improvement status by not meeting target goals in the same subject (reading, mathematics, or Other Academic Indicators) in each of the three grade spans (3-5, 6-8, and high school) for two years in a row. A district in Title I District Improvement must take certain measures to improve performance.
  • AYP On-Time and Cohort Graduation Rates: On-Time graduation rates would be used this year for the last time to meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements. The new Cohort rate and the On-Time Graduation rates will not be available for viewing on Jan. 30, but will be available in Spring 2007.
  • Test of Computer Skills: This is the first year that eighth graders took the Test of Computer Skills via online assessment. An alternate assessment also was available for students with special needs or in cases where online delivery of the assessment was not technologically feasible.
  • Civics & Economics and US History End-of-Course data reflect new tests based on the revised Standard Course of Study. The 2004-05 release didn't contain these data.

The N.C. School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001. The most current and comparable information about local schools, districts and the state overall is provided in this on-line resource. Users of the report cards can search by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by a list of the state's 115 school districts. Advanced search capabilities allow for customized searches.

Each school report card includes a school profile, information about academic performance, school climate and safety and teacher quality. School snapshot summaries are online in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.