Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade).

In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they discontinued the practice two years ago.

My preliminary tally is below.  It includes overall school performance grades for all district, charter, lab, and regional schools in North Carolina.  Once again, there are higher percentages of charter schools with A and B grades compared to districts.  On the other hand, there is a higher percentage of charter schools at the other end of the grading scale.

School Performance Grade District Number
District Percent Charter Number
Charter Percent Lab Number Lab Percent Regional Number
Regional Percent
A 183 7.4% 20 10.9% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
B 685 27.8% 59 32.1% 0 0.0% 1 100.0%
C 991 40.2% 53 28.8% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
D 424 17.2% 34 18.5% 2 40.0% 0 0.0%
F 76 3.1% 12 6.5% 3 60.0% 0 0.0%
ALT 90 3.7% 4 2.2% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
I 12 0.5% 2 1.1% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
N/A 3 0.1% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Total 2464 184 5 1

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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