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1 in 3 NC schools is low-performing, test score data show

Published on: 09/01/2022

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Published: 2022-08-31 23:52: 10:24:34

1 in 3 NC schools is low-performing, test score data show

Posted August 31, 2022 11:52 p.m. 10:24 a.m. EDT

[Raleigh, N.C.](/news-near-me/13696752/?map_asset_id=20442172) — Nearly 400 more North Carolina schools will land on the “low-performing” schools list this fall, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.

About one in three schools will now be on that list, with 864 total designated under new test scores, up from 488 during the 2018-19 school year. That’s the last school year in which schools were added or removed from the list.

Placement on the list means those schools will need to draft plans to improve their test results.

Schools that have been on the list for two out of the past three testing years will be considered “recurring” or “continually” low-performing and are eligible to apply for the state’s Restart program. That program gives school charter school-like flexibility to change how they operate for the sake of improved academic performance. That program can also provide a single school with millions more dollars per year.

Students at low-performing schools can also apply to attend one of the state’s six lab schools, though data released Thursday show four of those schools are also on the low-performing list.

Nearly every school system has a low-performing school now — 100 of 115 school districts accounting for 793 schools. That’s out of those districts’ 2,385 schools with calculable results, or about 33.2%. Among charter schools, 67 of 196 with calculable results were low-performing, or about 34.2%.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, just about 1 in 6 to 1 in 5 NC schools was low-performing in a given year.

At the school district level, 24 school districts are low-performing now, based on 2021-22 test scores, compared to nine based on 2018-19 test scores.

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