16 Schools Meet, Exceed Growth in State Expectations of Academic Performance

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2018) – Following today’s release of the N.C. Department of Instruction’s 2018 state accountability results – which measure academic proficiency and growth and assign school grades – Henderson County Public Schools is now home to two “A” schools, 12 “B” schools, and eight “C” schools.

Schools earning school grades of “A” are Henderson County Early College and Hendersonville High.

“I believe our school letter grade of ‘A’ reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff and students,” said Hendersonville High Principal Bobby Wilkins. “At Hendersonville High School, we focus a great deal on knowing every student and expecting their best efforts. We are certainly celebrating this achievement.”

Hendersonville High also saw the system’s largest individual growth index at 6.03, followed closely by Bruce Drysdale Elementary with its growth index of 4.93.

“Bruce Drysdale Elementary is excited to have exceeded growth for the 2017-18 school year; our staff has worked extremely hard to help all of our students improve,” said BJ Laughter, principal of Bruce Drysdale Elementary. “We have high expectations for our students and demonstrate uncommon effort to help them reach their goals.”

Also notable, Edneyville Elementary posted a growth index of 2.13, and Flat Rock Middle led district middle schools by posting a growth index of .54 in the 2017-18 school year.

Sixteen schools (70 percent) met or exceeded growth in academic performance expected by the state, with Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Edneyville Elementary, Hendersonville Elementary, Mills River Elementary, Hendersonville High, North Henderson High, and Henderson County Early College exceeding growth.

“The release of the state accountability data always gives us a chance to review areas of strength and opportunities for continuous improvement,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Jan King.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the N.C. General Assembly requires that schools receive individual letter grades, which are comprised of student achievement (80 percent) and growth (20 percent) on state standardized assessments. Though the state’s detailed School Report Cards are not released by NCDPI until November, each school’s letter grade is included in the September 5 accountability results. Data on academic performance by grade level and subject will be released along with the School Report Cards in November.

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