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9/6/2019 8:06:00 AM
LCS Releases Ready Accountability Report & Graduation Rate

Lincoln County Schools
Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - The State Board of Education released the 2018-2019 READY Accountability data. This model reports achievement in two ways: proficiency and academic growth. Lincoln County Schools reported that 16 of 21 schools, whose growth status is reported by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), achieved expected growth, with two of those schools exceeding growth expectations.

Grade Level Proficiency (GLP), which includes students who scored an achievement level of 3, 4, or 5, is 66.5% for Lincoln County compared to 58.8% for the state. The College and Career Ready (CCR) measure reports all students who scored an achievement level of 4 or 5. Lincoln County Schools’ district-wide proficiency rate with CCR is 51.8%. Lincoln County Schools’ proficiency rate is higher than the state proficiency rate of 44.5%.

The 2018-2019 school year is the sixth year for which public schools and charter schools receive a letter grade under the General Assembly’s A-F School Performance Grades. The grades are based on the school’s achievement score and on students’ academic growth. The final grade will continue to be on a 15-point scale. Lincoln County Schools received one A, nine Bs, nine Cs, and one D. One school (Union Elementary) improved their growth status from the previous year and achieved Exceeded Growth. Thirteen schools maintained their growth status from the 2017-2018 school year.

Achievement levels are reported on a five-level achievement scale. Students who score at Achievement Level 1 show limited command of the subject material. Achievement Level 2 students show partial command. Achievement Level 3 is considered the state proficiency standard and students at this level show sufficient command of subject material. Students who score at this level may get on track for career and college readiness with additional academic support. Achievement Levels 4 and 5 are considered career and college ready and students at these levels show solid command and superior command of subject material respectively.

  • Achievement Level 1: Limited Command
  • Achievement Level 2: Partial Command
  • Achievement Level 3: Sufficient Command (State Proficiency Standard)
  • Achievement Level 4: Solid Command (Career and College Readiness)
  • Achievement Level 5: Superior Command (Career and College Readiness)

North Carolina's accountability model provides information on both academic growth rates and the percentage of students who scored proficient on state assessments. Growth reflects the academic progress students made during the course of the school year. Calculations for determining rates of GLP and CCR are unchanged from past years. In the 2018-2019 school year, approximately 16,949 state and national assessments were given to the students within Lincoln County Schools.

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Also released is the 2018 North Carolina high school graduation data. Lincoln County Schools continues to outpace the state in the graduation rate. The district saw a graduation rate of 90.7% for its four-year graduation rate that surpassed the state four-year graduation rate of 86.5%. This four-year rate for Lincoln County Schools is .7% higher than in 2017. Lincoln County Schools also saw a 91.3% for its five-year cohort graduation rate compared to the state’s five-year graduation rate of 87.9%. East Lincoln High saw a 2.9% increase in their four-year cohort graduation rate with a 94.3% score. Lincolnton High School achieved a 91.4% four-year cohort graduation rate which was a 4.7% increase from 2017. North Lincoln High also saw a .8% increase in their four- year rate ending the 2018 year at 93.1%.

Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent expressed “Lincoln County Schools continues to focus on academic excellence each and every school day. Our students are performing above state averages as measured by North Carolina's testing and accountability model. This is due to the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators and support staff. Our staff works to personalize learning in an effort to meet the needs of all students. I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and the districts academic achievements this year."

These testing accountability metrics are gathered from a collection of Reading and Math assessments in grades 3-8, Science in grades 5 and 8, and for High School’s, Math 1, English 2, Math 3, and Biology. English 2 proficiency scores improved from 2017-18 at East Lincoln High and Lincolnton High, Biology proficiency marks improved at East Lincoln High, Lincolnton High, and North Lincoln High, and ACT/Work Keys combined scores improved at West Lincoln High and North Lincoln High.

Lincoln County School Highlights

  • The district four-year graduation rate of 90.7% is higher than the state’s graduation rate of 86.5%
  • 76% of Lincoln County Schools met growth expectations
  • All Elementary Schools in Lincoln County School District met or exceeded growth as measured by the state
  • Two schools exceeded growth expectations (Lincolnton Middle School, Union Elementary School)
  • One school received an A rating (Rock Springs Elementary)
  • Lincoln County Schools’ average GLP of 66.5% was higher than the state GLP of 58.8%
  • The Lincoln County Schools’ CCR average of 51.8% was higher than the state CCR of 44.5%

In addition to other changes required under the federal ESSA law, the state will also report School Performance Grades for each subgroup within a school when at least 30 students are counted within all tested grades or subjects. Subgroup grades will be reported to the State Board of Education at its October 2, 2019 meeting. Other school designations will be identified at this same meeting.

More information about the READY Accountability Model and the 2018-19 results can be found at

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