Sep 07

NC schools’ report card shows increased math scores


The annual report card for North Carolina schools showed an increase in the “math and reading” section as well as science for the 2015-2016 school year.

The report is broken down into categories such as public and charter schools, demographics, subjects and grades. This is the 11th consecutive year that there has been progress in the state. The rate is based on proficiency.

In math alone, there was an almost three percent increase in student proficiency, climbing from 44.1 percent to 47 percent. For the 2014-2015 year, schools scored 33.8 percent proficiency in both math and reading, which increased to 35.4 percent this past school year.

“Many schools face significant challenges in terms of critical resources and student needs, but these results show that hard-working educators are making a difference and that students are making gains in their learning,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said.

There was also a gain in math and science on in grade-level proficiency. Math rose from 52.2 percent to 54.7 percent in grades three through eight. Fifth grade showed an increase in science proficiency at 71.6 percent, and 73.9 percent in eighth. High school biology came in at 55.5 percent.

Other areas that showed improvement were graduation rate and college preparedness.

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