2018-2019 Wilson County Schools Accountability Highlights
Wilson County Schools now ranks 58th in the state for overall proficiency out of 115 school districts - up one ranking from last year! In 2015-16, our rank was 90th; in 2016-17, our rank was 89th; and in 2017-18, it leapt to 59th. For the past three school years, we've had the highest increase in proficiency OF ANY DISTRICT IN THE STATE!!!! We are only seven percentage points away from being one of the top 20 highest performing school systems in North Carolina. It’s important to note that the state implemented a new math End-of-Grade (EOG) test, which means no retest was available for students who didn’t met proficiency. Traditionally, retest scores boost our results by 5%. The state only used the first administration of the math EOG test for the 2018-19 calculations. But even without the higher retest scores, we still had amazing results! Superintendent Dr. Lane Mills shared a complete snapshot of our 2018-19 results at the Sept. 16 Board of Education meeting. Join us in celebrating these accomplishments:
PERFORMANCE GRADES (Letter grades assigned to schools by the state based on proficiency and growth)
- In 2018-19, 80% of our schools (20 schools) earned either an A, B or C letter grade compared to 45% in 2015-16 and 56% in 2016-17. We also reduced the number of schools earning a D or F. In 2018-19, only five schools earned a D or an F compared to 13 schools in 2015-16 and 11 schools in 2016-17.
- We congratulate Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) for maintaining its A grade once again. Since the inception of the state’s grading system in 2013-14, WECA has always earned an A. We are excited to have a total of three schools that earned an A - New Hope ES, Rock Ridge ES and WECA.
- Five schools earned a B grade: Gardners ES, Lucama ES, Forest Hills MS, Hunt HS and Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, and 12 schools earned a C grade: Frederick Douglass ES, Jones ES, Lee Woodard ES, Stantonsburg ES, Vinson-Bynum ES, Wells ES, Darden MS, Elm City MS, Speight MS, Springfield MS, Beddingfield HS and
PROFICIENCY (percent of students achieving at grade level on the End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests)
- As a district, our overall proficiency on the EOG and EOC tests slightly decreased by 0.4%. However, if you do an apples to apples comparison of the 2018-19 results with the first administration results of the 2017-18 tests, we were actually up 2.2%.
- Science EOG: Fifth-grade science results increased by 9.4% compared to the previous year.
- Reading EOG: Overall results improved 0.4% for grades 3-8 compared to the previous year.
- Mathematics EOG: Overall results decreased by 1%. However, if you do an apples to apples comparison of the 2018-19 results with the first administration results of the 2017-18 tests, we were actually up 4.6%.
- Biology EOC: All three high schools and the two early colleges had increases in performance compared to the previous year.
- Math I EOC: As a district, we increased our performance compared to the previous year.
- English II EOC: As a district, we increased our performance compared to the previous year.
GROWTH (The measure of a year’s worth of learning for students)
- Sixteen out of 26 schools met or exceeded growth, which means more of our students are meeting or exceeding academic expectations. These schools are: Gardners ES, Jones ES, Lee Woodard ES, Lucama ES, New Hope ES, Rock Ridge ES, Stantonsburg ES, Vinson-Bynum ES, Wells ES, Winstead ES, Darden MS, Forest Hills MS, Beddingfield HS, Hunt HS, Wilson Academy of Applied Technology and Wilson Early College Academy.