Many eastern Carolina schools deemed low performing

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Parents are learning whether their child’s school is meeting its performance goals.

North Carolina released it’s 2015-2016 public school performance grades Thursday.

Eighty percent of the school’s grade is based on performance, which is centered around how well a student tests. The other 20 percent is on growth.

Kylene Dibble, a member of Parents for Public Schools in Pitt County said many children aren’t good test takers.

More than 75 percent of schools in the state earned an overall grade of C or better.

“Some children have tremendous growth that happens throughout the year and that may not be reflected on a test score,” said Kyle Dibble. “It could have been a bad day for them and their overall growth throughout the year shows where their performance is.”

In Pitt County, 26 out of 34 schools met or exceeded growth standards.

Many of the elementary and middle schools like Belvoir, Creekside and E.B. Aycock Middle School were considered low performing in the district, meaning they scored a D or an F.

“Everything is going in the right direction, that is the key part. Does that mean everything is perfect, obviously not,” said Pitt County Superintendent Ethan Lenkar. “There are things we need to work on but, as a whole, we see we are going in the right direction and we continue that direction.”

Lenkar said he’s most proud of the new graduation rate. Last year, it was 80.8. This year it’s 83 percent.

“It’s good to see these students step up to the plate and the teacher step up and we did what we needed to do to graduate. We are super excited about that,” he said.

Lenker and Dibble said it takes everyone working together to make sure kids have a bright future ahead of them.

If you want to see how your child’s school performed, click here.

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