08/05/11 — Duplin scores reported

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Duplin scores reported

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on August 5, 2011 1:46 PM

Fourteen of the 16 schools in Duplin County met "expected growth" under the state's ABCs accountability results, released Thursday by the Department of Public Instruction.

Three of those schools -- James Kenan High, Kenansville Elementary and North Duplin Jr/Sr. High -- also earned the status of "high growth."

Duplin Early College High School was named an "Honor School of Excellence," the highest ranking attainable. It had a student proficiency of 93.5 percent and was the only district school to make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP.

The ABCs measure academic growth, calculated by comparing student performance from year to year.

Schools which did not make expected growth were Wallace-Rose Hill High and Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary.

The schools superintendent said the latest results provide the district with a snapshot that will help in planning for the upcoming year.

"This data gives us a true picture of where we are," said Austin Obasohan. "Our Board of Education has very high expectations for all of us.

"As long as we are doing what is right and what is good for all children, the board will continue to support us."

He praised the efforts of educators and leaders in the school system and affirmed his confidence in their abilities to help students succeed.

"I am absolutely convinced that if we stay the course and continue to seek ways to reach all children, our results, at some point, will be equally as impressive and commendable," he said. "Our community is committed to walk with us without rest until every child reaches proficiency and graduates."