Several area schools working to get off state’s low-performance list

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Teacher, parents, and students are gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year.

One goal for several schools in the east is to get off the state’s low-performance list.

Teachers and parents agree that improving the rating starts at home.

“A lot of people depend on the schools to educate their children, but education, it starts at home,” said Toyett Anthony. All three of Anthony’s children are enrolled in Pitt County Schools. One is headed to  Northwest Elementary, a low-performing school. “You just got to work a little harder. You have to think of the economic background. You have to think of the social backgrounds,” she said

The school qualifies for the new achievement district coming next year. It’s a state initiative which will take over five schools to improve their ratings.

To be eligible, schools must have received a low-performance score below five percent, where they did not exceed or show growth on test scores in the past three years.

Kindergarten teacher Jamie Grice is working around the clock to get kids prepared for school.

“Because this school is a low-performance school, sometimes literacy is a hardship for the kids,” explained Grice. “Me being here early helps me get prepared so the kids want to learn and want to know how to do what next for them.”

Anthony said, as a parent, she works hard to help her child every day but there are obstacles, “Sometimes it is harder to help them because you weren’t taught that way, so it’s just a lot different.”

The State Board of Education will decide the schools chosen and could start as early as the 2017-2018 school year.

Lawmakers decided the achievement school district is a pilot program designed to last five years with a possible three-year extension if a school needs more time to make improvements.

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