NC School Report Card Welcome Letter
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We are pleased to share some information about your child’s school based on data from the 2014-2015 academic year. The North Carolina School Report Card, generated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, offers a variety of information about each individual school and the district as a whole.
The report card online will be interactive and parents will have a variety of options for manipulating data results. If, for instance, you would like to see how a particular population fared at an individual school, you will have the tools to access that data. Additionally, the report card will include Read to Achieve results, the newly established school letter grade calculations, and a variety of information about college readiness (ACT scores, WorkKeys data, and college success rates for individual schools).
As you know, the 2014-2015 school year was the third year of implementation of a new set of standards. These standards aim to provide a deeper understanding of curriculum that is essential to student success upon graduation from high school. While the first year of implementation demonstrated a substantial change in achievement rates in our district and across North Carolina, our students are moving forward. The change has been in standards and measurement, not in student learning. We believe that holding students to these new and higher standards will enable us to prepare a generation of students who are college and workforce ready.
Please be assured that Chatham County Schools already has in place and will continue to develop and implement a multitude of programs that are designed to support and enhance instruction while increasing positive outcomes for our students. As you can see from this year’s report card, we are a competitive school district.
Overall, our students scored slightly higher than the state average. Of the 17 schools in the district, 7 met growth expectations and 7 exceeded growth expectations. Progress toward achieving growth is based on the federally required Annual Measurable Objectives for English/Language Arts /Reading, Mathematics, Science, Cohort Graduation, Attendance, ACT, and WorkKeys and is disaggregated by subgroups.
Keep in mind, the report card is simply a snapshot and does not fully reflect all of the excellent educational experiences taking place daily in Chatham County Schools. We will continue to assess our efforts and identify opportunities for improvement. If you have any feedback or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal. As always, thank you for your support.
Dr. Derrick D. Jordan
Chatham County Schools