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NEWS RELEASES 2012-13

NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: NOVEMBER 6, 2012

BONUSES WILL GO TO TEACHERS FOR SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN LOW-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS

Teachers in 35 persistently low-achieving schools across the state of North Carolina will receive bonuses for realizing higher than expected gains in student growth in the 2011-12 school year.  This is a 52 percent increase over the number of schools that achieved this during the previous school year. 

North Carolina’s Race to the Top (RttT) grant provides an incentive award for teachers and other certified educators in any of the 118 schools defined by RttT as persistently low-achieving. For a school to be eligible to receive bonuses, the school must have achieved higher than expected improvements during the 2011-12 school year, based on ABC/Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) results.

Thirty-five schools achieved higher than expected gains during the 2011-12 school year, up from 23 schools in 2010-11.  Eight schools achieved higher than expected improvement both years.

NCDPI officials attribute the success of these schools to the partnership between the NCDPI turnaround teams and the teachers, principals and support staff in these schools over the last two years.  Comprehensive needs assessments were performed to determine strengths and areas needing improvement.  Teams from NCDPI then worked with teachers, principals and other key staff members in each school to target specific needs and develop plans for addressing them.

"How wonderful to know that so many students are achieving at higher and higher levels in schools that have faced significant challenges in the past," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "We are very proud of these teachers, their principals and colleagues for implementing such successful improvements.  We feel certain that more and more students will benefit in years to come."

Bonuses of $1,500 will be paid to teachers and additional eligible personnel (principals, assistant principals and student services personnel) if they returned to the same persistently low-achieving school this year where they taught in 2011-12.  If they did not return, they will receive a $750 bonus.

A chart listing the schools meeting the criteria for bonuses follows.


Low-Achieving Schools and ABC Growth Data 2010-11 and 2011-12

LEA School Made High Growth in 2010-11 Made High Growth in 2011-12
Anson County Schools Anson High   Yes
Anson County Schools Morven Elementary   Yes
Hickory City Schools Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High Yes  
Durham Public Schools Hillside High   Yes
Durham Public Schools Fayetteville Street Elementary   Yes
Durham Public Schools Southern High   Yes
Durham Public Schools Spring Valley Elementary Yes  
Durham Public Schools WG Pearson Elementary Yes  
Durham Public Schools YE Smith Elementary Yes Yes
W-S/Forsyth County Schools Forest Park Elementary   Yes
W-S/Forsyth County Schools Philo Middle Yes  
Gaston County Schools Pleasant Ridge Elementary Yes Yes
Gaston County Schools Woodhill Elementary   Yes
Greene County Schools Greene Central High   Yes
Greene County Schools Greene County Middle   Yes
Guilford County Schools T Wingate Andrews High Yes Yes
Guilford County Schools Fairview Elementary Yes  
Guilford County Schools Julius I Foust Elementary Yes  
Guilford County Schools Oak Hill Elementary Yes  
Guilford County Schools Ben L Smith High   Yes
Guilford County Schools Union Hill Elementary Yes Yes
Halifax County Schools Northwest High   Yes
Halifax County Schools Southeast Halifax High   Yes
Halifax County Schools William R Davie Middle   Yes
Hertford County Schools Riverview Elementary   Yes
Hertford County Schools Student Development Center Yes  
Charlotte-Meck Schools Billingsville Elementary Yes Yes
Charlotte-Meck Schools Martin Luther King Jr Middle Yes Yes
Charlotte-Meck Schools Pawtuckett Elementary Yes  
Charlotte-Meck Schools Sedgefield Elementary   Yes
Charlotte-Meck Schools Thomasboro Elementary   Yes
Charlotte-Meck Schools West Mecklenburg High   Yes
Pasquotank County Schools PW Moore Elementary Yes  
Pitt County Schools North Pitt High Yes  
Pitt County Schools Northwest Elementary   Yes
Pitt County Schools Pactolus Elementary Yes Yes
Pitt County Schools Wellcome Middle   Yes
Pitt County Schools Charles W McCrary Elementary Yes  
Pitt County Schools Mineral Springs Elementary Yes  
Pitt County Schools Fairgrove Middle   Yes
Robeson County Schools Townsend Middle   Yes
Rockingham County Schools Lawsonville Ave Elementary   Yes
Rowan-Salisbury Schools North Rowan High   Yes
Scotland County Schools SHS-Visual & Performing Arts Yes  
Tyrrell County Schools Columbia High   Yes
Union County Public Schools Rock Rest Elementary   Yes
Washington County Schools Pines Elementary   Yes
Wayne County Public Schools Goldsboro High   Yes
Wilson County Schools Beddingfield High Yes Yes
Wilson County Schools Vick Elementary Yes  
  Number of Schools Making High Growth 23 35

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.


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NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.