The 2017-2018 School Performance Grade accountability measurement were announced today by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.   

The 2017-2018 school year was the sixth year of the state’s accountability initiative which is based on standards set on grade level proficiency and career and college readiness, and the fifth year for which public and charter schools receive a letter grade based on a school’s achievement score (80 percent) and students’ academic growth over one year (20 percent).

Overall, of the 20 schools within Moore County Schools that are assessed, nine received a B grade, one fewer than 2016-2017; and eight schools received a C grade, one more than 2016-2017. Three schools received a D grade, the same number as over the past three years. No school received an F grade. In the 2016-17 school year Moore County had three schools identified as low-performing. 

This school year, there are currently two schools identified as low-performing; with Aberdeen Elementary school coming off that list due to their status of exceeding expected growth.

“Last year Moore County Schools saw strong growth in student outcomes and we are pleased with being able to maintain that success in our outcomes this year.  This demonstrates the strong leadership and work of our principals, teachers, and school staff in supporting student success.  We look forward to looking deeper into the data to support continuous improvement in student outcomes.” said Moore County Schools Chief Officer for Academics and Student Support Services, Tim Locklair.

Schools receiving a B performance grade were: Carthage Elementary, Highfalls Elementary, New Century Middle, Pinecrest High, Pinehurst Elementary, Union Pines High, West End Elementary, West Pine Elementary and West Pine Middle.

Schools receiving a C performance grade were: Cameron Elementary, Crain’s Creek Middle, Elise Middle, North Moore High, Sandhills Farm Life, Southern Pines Elementary, Vass-Lakeview Elementary and Westmoore Elementary.

Schools receiving a D performance grade were: Aberdeen Elementary, Robbins Elementary and Southern Middle.

Southern Pines Primary and Aberdeen Primary are not required to take state accountability tests. Although students at the Community Learning Center at Pinckney are assessed, the state uses a different accountability model for alternative schools, in which Pinckney was designated as “progressing” for the second year in a row.

Elementary and middle schools’ performance grades are based on proficiency scores in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8 in what are referred to as End-of-Grade (EOG) exams.

High school grades are based on results from End-of-Course (EOC) exams in English II, Math I and Biology, as well as other performance indicators such as the cohort graduation rate, the ACT, and the percentage of career and technical education graduates who earn a Silver Certificate or higher on the ACT WorkKeys assessment.

Moore County Schools’ four-year high school cohort graduation rate for the class of 2018 was 89.4 percent percent and continues to remain above the state average of 86.3 percent. The ACT is used to measure a student’s college readiness. 

For the fifth year in a row, Moore County School students had an overall composite score above that of the state. For student proficiency on the ACT WorkKeys assessment, 43.2 percent of those students in the class of 2018 who participated in the assessment achieved the Silver or higher level of proficiency, an increase for the third straight year and an increase of 11.9 percent since 2015-2016.

EOG and EOC exams measure proficiency on two scales: Grade Level Proficient (GLP) and College and Career Readiness (CCR). 

District-wide results show a 62 percent proficiency in GLP compared to state average of 58.8 percent and 52.7 percent proficiency in CCR compared to the state average of 49.2 percent.  Math scores saw increases in grades 3, 4 and 8 and ELA scores saw and increase in grades 4, 7 and 8.

For the high school EOC exams student grade level proficiency in English II dipped slightly from 65.6 percent in 2016-17 to 63.9 percent for 2017-2018, and Math I decreased from 65.3 percent in 2016-17 to 61.4 percent in 2017-2018.

Grade level proficiency for Biology was 61.1 percent; 2.8 percentage points above the state average of 58.3 percent. All 2017-2018 EOG and EOC scores were above the state average.

More information about accountability measurements and school performance grades for districts throughout the state can be found on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at

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