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School system meets, exceeds expectations; High schools rank #1 in state

Carteret County Public Schools Meet and Exceed Expectations;

High Schools Rank #1 In State


            Carteret County Public Schools showed exceptional improvement on the state’s annual School Performance Grade accountability measurement. The NC State Board of Education released the report last week, just prior to Hurricane Dorian.

            The results showed that 88.2 percent of the schools that make up the Carteret County Public School System received a grade of A or B. There are 18 schools in the system; however, Bridges School follows a different accountability model so the School Performance Grades released impact 17 schools.

            The scores also indicated that, as a school system, the Carteret County Public School high schools rank number one in the state.

            The report is based on the 2018-2019 results of the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.

            “With the release of the school grades, Carteret County has even more to be proud of in terms of its public school system,” Superintendent Mat Bottoms said. “These significant increases reflect the grit and determination of our teachers in their delivery of instruction and of the students in their comprehension and hard work.

            “Our schools were closed for 15 days after Hurricane Florence,” Mr. Bottoms noted. “When schools reopened, we not only focused on the material and emotional needs of our students and their families, but on the educational needs, as well.  We were fully committed to making certain the hurricane would not have lasting detrimental impacts on our students’ education.

            “Despite many, many students and many employees losing their homes in the hurricane and having to move, or living in homes that were heavily damaged, test scores increased,” Mr. Bottoms said. “These students and employees faced adversity, social and emotional challenges, and they excelled.  I cannot say enough about the resiliency of our community and the importance our families and teachers place on each student’s education.”

            Carteret County Public School System’s Director of Math and Data Analytics Allison Landry noted that the 2018-2019 scores showed three of the county’s four public high schools, Croatan High, East Carteret High and MaST Early College High earning an A rating. West Carteret High School earned a B, missing an A ranking by one point. This is compared to the 2017-2018 scores that showed only Croatan High receiving an A.

            Mrs. Landry noted that the 2018-2019 scores graded 12 schools as B schools (70.6 percent), compared to the previous year when 9 schools were B schools (56.25 percent).

            “I am extremely proud of our staff, students, and parents,” Mr. Bottoms continued. “If our scores had even been less than last year’s scores, it would have been understandable. For the scores to increase, and to do so with such great strides, reflects the hard work and dedication of our schools and their families.

            “I think it is important for our community to know that our school leaders knew of these successes after the spring tests,” Mr. Bottoms said. ”While they could hardly wait to share the excitement, they immediately began dissecting the scores to determine which groups of students such as male, female, minorities, economically disadvantaged, gifted, to name a few, had made the greatest strides and which ones needed more innovation to help them reach their counterparts. Our teachers and administrators have not rested for a minute in trying to make the current school year even better for our students. I am so proud to work with such dedicated professionals and to work side by side with our parents in guaranteeing every student can leave our schools prepared to successfully enter the work force or college.”

Posted by: Tabbie Nance Published:9/10/19
Audience: Closings & Delays and Closings & Delays