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District Performance


WCS now ranks 59th in the state for overall proficiency out of 115 school districts!  In 2015-16, our rank was 90th and in 2016-17 our rank increased slightly to 89th.  This year's huge change in our state ranking was due to our district's increase of 9.1 percentage points on state tests - the second highest gain in the state!  For the last two school years, Wilson County Schools has the highest increase in proficiency OF ANY DISTRICT IN THE STATE!  


"While we are excited about our great results, I want to emphasize that our students are more than just test scores," said Superintendent Dr. Lane Mills. "We love them and are committed to helping them realize their full potential. I want to celebrate the dedication and hard work of every staff member who went above and beyond for students. Our students should be proud of their outstanding performance. Our district has made great progress, and I know it will continue." 

Please join us in celebrating these accomplishments: 


PERFORMANCE GRADES (Letter grades assigned to schools by the state based on proficiency and growth) 

  • In 2017-18, 18 of 25 schools earned either an A, B or a C letter grade (72 percent) compared with 56 percent in 2016-17 and 45 percent in 2015-2016. While the actual letter grade may not have increased, 22 of 25 schools saw a numerical increase in the score that corresponds to its letter grade in 2017-18.

  • We are so proud of Wilson Early College Academy for maintaining its“A” since the inception of the grading system during the 2013-14 school year. We are excited to have a second school achieving an “A” status based on the 2017-18 results - Rock Ridge ES. Congratulations to the students and staff for their hard work!

  • 7 schools earned a “B” compared with 2 schools in the 2016-17 school year. The schools earning a “B” are: Beddingfield HS, Frederick Douglass ES, Gardners ES, Hunt HS, Lucama ES, New Hope ES and Wilson Academy of Applied Technology. 

  • 9 schools earned a “C” compared with 11 the previous year; 7 schools earned a “D” compared with 8 the previous year; and no schools earned an “F” compared with 3 the previous year.

PROFICIENCY (Percent of students achieving on grade level on the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests) 

  • The district's performance increased overall from 48.5 percent proficient in 2016-17 to 57.6 percent proficient in 2017-18, which is an increase of 1 percentage points.

  • Reading: Overall results improved for grades 4-8.

  • Mathematics: Overall results improved for grades 3-8.

  • Science: Overall results improved for grades 5 and 8.

  • 18 out of 21 elementary and middle schools (including Daniels Learning Center) improved overall in Reading.

  • 20 out of 21 elementary and middle schools (including Daniels) improved overall in Mathematics.

  • 18 out of 21 elementary and middle schools (including Daniels) improved overall in Science.

  • All middle schools (excluding Daniels) improved overall or remained at 100 percent in Math I.

  • 4 out of 6 high schools (including Daniels) improved overall in Biology.

  • 4 out of 6 high schools (including Daniels) improved overall in English II.

GROWTH (The measure of a year’s worth of learning for students)

  • We nearly tripled the number of schools exceeding growth in 2017-18 compared with where our district was two years ago. Exceeding growth means that students are gaining more than a year's worth of learning for a year spent in school. During the 2017-18 school year, 11 schools exceeded growth compared with 8 in 2016-17 and 4 in 2015-16.

  • 20 out of 26 schools met or exceeded growth compared with 16 schools in 2016-17 and 12 schools in 2015-16, which means more of our students are meeting or exceeding academic expectations. Growth at many of our schools deserves additional recognition!

  • Forest Hills MS had an incredible increase in growth in 2017-18 compared with the previous year and achieved the highest growth for the district and in the middle schools. The school earned the highest growth rating available on the growth index scale. Forest Hills’ growth index was 10.51 points, which was an increase of 8.75 points.

  • Rock Ridge ES achieved the highest growth for an elementary school at 5.96 points, which was an increase of 1.88 points the previous year. Rock Ridge’s growth is impressive because the school was already exceeding growth expectations.

  • The following schools showed huge gains in growth ranging from 1.38 to 8.65 points on the growth index: Beddingfield HS, Darden MS, Lee Woodard ES, Lucama ES, Hearne ES, Hunt HS, Speight MS, Springfield MS, Toisnot MS, Vick ES and Winstead ES. 

  • Daniels Learning Center follows the alternative school model of recognition and was identified as being in Progressing status after being in Maintaining status the previous two years. The school showed an improvement of 5.42 points on the growth index scale.