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By: Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released today the School Performance Grades for all schools across North Carolina. Legislators pass in 2013 a law that requires the NC DPI to issue to all schools a letter grade of A through F based on the State Board of Education’s Ready Accountability Model. 

“With 40 percent of our schools receiving a letter grade of “C” we recognize their commitment and the wholeheartedness they display every day for the education of our students. But, we also realize there is room for improvement in those schools that received a lower grade.  Knowing where we have difficulties is the first step in working towards improvement. Our commitment is to rally around those schools and the students in them to improve results. That will take an all-hands-on-deck effort, with parents, teachers, administrators, and local and state governments working together,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said.

“In spite of the letter grades, our schools continue to be places of great dedication, incredible hard work, and inspiring success stories. The information provided on the A-F School Report Cards is a benchmark and only one measure of what student success looks like,” said Taylor.

Over 60 percent of Bladen County Schools met or exceeded expected growth. For example, Dublin Primary exceeded growth and met 100 percent of their annual measurable objectives and Booker T. Washington met expected growth and met over 85 percent of their annual measurable objectives.  The district focus is growing the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally.

“Regardless of the grade a school receives, Bladen County students do not know less than they did and teachers are not doing a poor job; Far from it. Classroom teachers are working hard, responding to more rigorous standards that will help children become prepared for successful and happy lives.  One letter grade simply cannot portray the total quality education that our schools are providing. Bladen County Schools’ commitment is to consistently do a better job of providing the academic skills necessary for students to be successful at all levels when they graduate our schools.  And, parents should understand that the district is committed to helping all schools succeed,” said Taylor.

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