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 2020-2021 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 reviewing 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, and a variety of information about college readiness (ACT scores, WorkKeys data, and college success rates for individual schools).
These standards aim to provide a deeper understanding of curriculum that is essential to student success upon graduation from high school. Our students are moving forward. We believe that holding students to these 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.
In a typical school year, these assessments are designed to be taken at the same time, during face-to-face instruction, and after a full year of classroom instruction. The results from the 2020-2021 school year represent one of the most challenging times in education. Students in Chatham participated in remote instruction, hybrid instruction, and in-person instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Despite these challenges, Chatham outperforms the state in virtually every grade level and subject. Specifically, Chatham had the following areas of success:
- Chatham outperformed the state in reading for all grades in both grade-level proficiency and college- and career-readiness.
- Math exceeded the state proficiency in every grade with the exception of eighth grade. Many eighth-graders, however, were taking high school level math, so their proficiency rates did not appear in this category.
- High school outperformed the state average in English II and Math I
- The district’s four-year graduation rate outperformed the state at 87.8 percent. Graduation subgroup data also fared well, specifically among African-American students who achieved a 94.4 percent graduation rate.
- Chatham County Schools’ long-standing history of ACT success was not interrupted by the pandemic. Chatham’s composite outperformed the state in every ACT area and had high success in subgroup subtests as well.
The U.S. Department of Education has waived accountability requirements to North Carolina and other states in consideration of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the N.C. General Assembly and the governor have waived state accountability rules, including the calculation and reporting of A-F school performance grades and growth analyses. For those reasons, the accountability reporting may look different from past years.
In terms of state-wide performance, the percentages of students meeting Level 3 and above (grade level performance) or Level 4 and above (college and career ready) in 2020–21 were lower in all content areas and grades/courses than in the 2018–19 school year. Students were not tested during the 2019-2020 school year.
While Chatham did see higher proficiency than the overall state results, there were declines in some areas. The pandemic was challenging for our students, parents, and educators. The results speak to how we pulled together resources to support our students during an incredibly challenging school year. The data reflect the dedication of our staff and the perseverance of our students. Having our students excel during the pandemic would not have been possible without the dedication of our district and school-based staff, and the support of multiple community partners who helped learning continue, whether it was remote or in-person.
- 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. Anthony Jackson
Chatham County Schools
- Dear Parents and Guardians: