NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: DECEMBER 1, 2015


For those who want to learn how the state’s public schools performed in the last school year, the North Carolina School Report Cards offer a one-stop information source that puts a comprehensive collection of data at your fingertips with the click of a mouse. The 2014-15 Report Cards feature state-, district- and school-level information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology.

“This is the 14th year North Carolina has provided a comprehensive resource for information on public school indicators,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “The information contained in the NC School Report Cards will help parents and the public better understand how schools are preparing students for the future.”

For the second year, school performance grades (A-F), as required by state law, are included on the school-level Report Cards for traditional and charter schools. In addition, the statewide end-of-grade and end-of-course test results are reported for the five achievement levels. It is important to note that additional data such as educator effectiveness, state-level scores from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and math, and college course completion will be added to the Report Cards when it becomes available.

The SAS software powering the Report Cards allows for side-by-side comparisons. However, since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the Report Cards should not be used to rank schools.

School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, summary versions of the Report Cards, to parents across the state beginning today. The Snapshots also are available on the NC School Report Cards website (School Report Card → School Profile → School Snapshots). Parents and others are encouraged to contact teachers for information about grade level and course curriculum while questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and local superintendents.

Atkinson said that although the Snapshots offer a helpful summary of school-level information, parents should still visit the school and speak with the principal and teachers about their child’s education. “There is no better way to learn about your child’s school, including the programs it offers and its learning environment, then by visiting the school and talking with the staff who work there,” she said.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide the public with information about local schools, districts and overall state data. The Report Cards site is searchable by school or school system name or by selecting desired school characteristics.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.