11/17/04 — Parents to get report cards on schools

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Parents to get report cards on schools

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on November 17, 2004 2:01 PM

Report cards on how the schools are doing were mailed this week to parents across the state, including those in Wayne County.

This is the fourth year for the state-generated report card designed to serve as a snapshot of how the schools are performing.

The two-page report card includes information on student and school scores on math and reading tests, school violence, and access to computers and instructional materials.

It also includes school and class size and information about teacher certification and turnover, as well as whether schools are meeting federal and state performance requirements.

"The intention behind the report card is to provide parents information to help increase their involvement in the schools," said Kristy Fair, public information officer for the school system.

She said Wayne County public schools has reason to be proud of its 31 schools.

"We have six Schools of Honors Excellence, two Schools of Excellence, eight Schools of Distinction," she said. "A total of 24 schools met either expected or high growth in 2003-2004."

Information on the report cards represents the 2003-2004 school year. The cards are provided for regular public schools, charter schools and alternative schools that were open during that time period.

The report cards are required as part of federal law. They are produced through a collaborative effort between local report card coordinators, the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Education Research Council and the governor's office.

In announcing the release of this year's report card, Gov. Mike Easley said, "We have made great progress in education in North Carolina. Our students are performing above the southeastern and national averages on national exams and last year made record gains on the ABCs.

To view a report for the school, the district or the state report card on the Internet, go to www.ncreportcards.org or www.wayncountyschools.org.