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April 19, 2019

Jackson County Public Schools State Report Card

– The North Carolina State Board of Education approved and released the initial
2017-18 school performance indicators on September 5, 2018 during the regular September meeting.
The released school performance indicators are available online at
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/ . More detailed information, including class
size, highly qualified teachers, and detailed state performance data will be released by North Carolina
with the NC School Report Card in late November.
North Carolina uses an A-F grading scale to evaluate schools, and this is the fifth year that performance
grades have been provided for each school. For 2017-18, the letter grades are calculated on the
following scale: 85-100 = A, 70-84 = B, 55-69 = C, 40-54 = D, and less than 40 = F. The school
performance grade is calculated based on academic achievement performance and school wide growth.
The academic achievement performance represents 80% of the total school performance grade and
includes student performance on End of Grade & End of Course assessments, ACT & ACT WorkKeys
assessments, English Learner Progress, and cohort graduation rate. Student performance on EOG and
EOC assessments reflects a proficiency rate for all students who score an achievement level of 3, 4, or 5.
ACT results calculate the number of students earning a 17 or higher (17 is the UNC minimum admission
requirement) on the assessment. English Learner Progress refers to EL students meeting yearly progress
on the ACCESS assessment. Growth represents 20% of the total school performance grade and is given
as a designation of not met, met, or exceeds depending on student learning throughout the school year.
Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Jackson County Public Schools Superintendent states, “I am extremely proud of each
of our students. The district is moving in the right direction with regard to student achievement. We are
engaged in a continuous improvement model, and we are increasing student academic interventions
with a greater concentration on curriculum alignment across the district.”
On a personal note, Dr. Elliott is very much in support of North Carolina maintaining the 15-point grade
scale for school performance grades. She is opposed to changing the target to a 10-point scale. “School
district personnel and students need a stable target, so that success can be reached for and by each
The Jackson County Public School System is very proud of the graduation rate for the 2018
Accountability year with a rate of 92.0%. This is an increase from 86.7% last school year. Three of the
four schools that graduate students had a graduation rate above 91%. Jackson County Public Schools
ranks in the top 10% of all NC districts and third in the Western region in graduation rate. No school
increased in their letter grade this year; however, five schools increased their total school performance
score and five schools met or exceeded on overall school growth status.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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