Four Beaufort County schools improve NCDPI scores

Published 1:56 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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Happy, frustrated, proud or defeated – either of these emotions are felt at the end of every nine weeks by students who receive their report cards. These emotions are also felt by school district leaders when they receive yearly report cards. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) released annual report cards for all districts in the state on September 6. 

Beaufort County Schools can feel proud of the progress they have made from last year. Four Schools across the district improved one letter grade, according to NCDPI. 

“The school year truly marked a positive move forward from the academic decline students and parents faced during the three school years impacted by the global pandemic,” Dr. Matthew Cheeseman, Superintendent of Beaufort County School, said. 

Beaufort County Early College High School and Chocowinity Primary School received As this year. Early College maintained its A score from last year, but Chocowinity Primary School improved from a B. 

Bath Elementary improved from a C score to a B score. Northside and Southside High School improved from D scores to Cs.

Schools receiving a D rating were; Eastern Elementary, Chocowinity Middle School, John C. Tayloe Elementary, John Small Elementary, Northeast Elementary, P.S. Jones Middle School, S.W. Snowden Elementary and Washington High School. 

Washington High School, Southside High School, Northeast Elementary School and Chocowinity Middle School are within two points of improving to a C grade. 

Nine of twelve eligible schools increased their school performance scores from the 2021-2022 academic year, Beaufort County Schools shared. 

Seven of twelve eligible schools met or exceeded growth, but those who did not meet growth were Chocowinity Middle School, John Small Elementary, Northside High School, P.S. Jones Middle School and Washington High School. 

No school received a failing grade. Beaufort County Ed Tech was not included in the report card, because it is listed as an alternative school. 

As of the 2021-2022 school year, 5,739 students attend one of 14 public schools in Beaufort County. 

The learning loss gap experienced by many North Carolina public school students continues to grow smaller, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as illustrated by schools in Beaufort County. 

While school closures and remote learning resulted in unprecedented declines in end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2020-21 school year, results for the 2022-23 year show strong gains, particularly in math, with pandemic losses in some grades cut by more than two thirds. Reading scores also improved in all grades, with losses from 2020-21 cut by half, or more, in some grades,” NCDPI shared in a press release.