NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping North Carolina's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 56.6%, Black 31.5%, Hispanic 8.4%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 2.1%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.4%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

North Carolina Students

  North Carolina United States
Total Students 1,416,436 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 42.6% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 5.2% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 13.6% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

North Carolina Schools

  North Carolina United States
Number of Schools 2,348 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 1,030 (44.8%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 449 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 49 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

North Carolina Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $497,179,879; a 75% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: July 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

North Carolina Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  99.2% in low poverty schools, 98.3% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  96.7% in low poverty schools, 92.5% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

North Carolina's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  North Carolina 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 85% 64% 29%
White 92% 75% 39%
Black 76% 45% 12%
Hispanic 77% 49% 18%
Low Income 79% 49% 16%

  North Carolina 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 88% 71% 28%
White 94% 82% 39%
Black 80% 53% 10%
Hispanic 76% 56% 16%
Low Income 81% 57% 14%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  North Carolina 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 68% 85% 41%
White 79% 94% 56%
Black 48% 68% 15%
Hispanic 59% 84% 28%
Low Income 57% 76% 24%

  North Carolina 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 65% 73% 34%
White 77% 85% 46%
Black 45% 53% 14%
Hispanic 54% 61% 23%
Low Income 52% 58% 17%

Source: North Carolina Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 218, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored 259, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored 217, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 258, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored 221, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored approximately 260, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2002 4th graders scored 222, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 265, while nationally they scored 263.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 246, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored approximately 282, while nationally they scored 280.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 240, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 281, while nationally they scored 278.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 239, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 279, while nationally they scored 276.  

In 2000 4th graders scored approximately 233, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored approximately 273, while nationally they scored approximately 271.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing North Carolina Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 70.3% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 71.4% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

North Carolina Nation
22,039
(31.7%)
698,182
(27.3%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible North Carolina Students % of Eligible North Carolina Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 71,035 9,790 (13.8%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 102,333 3,228 (3.2%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - North Carolina

Teacher Incentive Fund Guilford County Schools, Community Training & Assistance Center (Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.), Cumberland County Schools
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Burke County, Cumberland County, Durham County, Guilford County, Moore County, Northhampton County, and Pitt County
Growth Model Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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