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Early college one of few in state to earn score distinction

Early college one of few in state to earn score distinction
Jeff Kitchen

Rebecca Rider- Salisbury Post

rebecca.rider@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Thursday’s test score release had a few additional surprises for one local school. Rowan County Early College, located on the north campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was the first school in district history to earn an A school performance grade.

“It is historic. …We did something really special,” Principal Patrick Hosey said.

But the school’s actual rating, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, reads as “A+NG.” The acronym stands for “A with no gap,” meaning that the high school both earned an A grade and did not have any student achievement gaps larger than the largest average gap for the state.

Or, as Hosey summarized it, the usual data subgroups of age, ethnicity and gender had no noticeable performance differences between them.

“So those subgroups that you have are all performing on the same level. Which is kind of rare,” He said.

In fact, fewer than 25 public high schools in the state managed to achieve the same distinction. Approximately 88 schools statewide, total, were ranked A+NG.

“It really is exciting, it is,” Hosey said.

According to the school system’s seven-day count, Rowan County Early College has 239 students this year.

School performance grades are a state ranking system which rely on test scores and, to a lesser extent, improvement or growth of students. According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the final grade is 80 percent test scores and 20 percent growth or improvement. The lettering performance standard has been in use for approximately five years. The A+NG designation was added in 2014-15 to address federal requirements that exclude schools with significant achievement gaps from earning a state’s highest achievement designation.

Published: Saturday, September 9, 2017

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