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Asheville City Schools continues to increase in academic achievement.

The indicators for elementary and middle school performance grades are the percent proficient on End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests as well as English Language Learners attainment assessments. At the high school level, EOC data is analyzed in addition to ACT/WorkKeys results,  English Language Learners attainment assessments, math course rigor and the four-year cohort graduation rate.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s annual growth report measures a student’s academic progress by examining historical test data among their peers.

Student achievement and growth are combined to calculate each school’s overall performance score. The school performance grade is made up of 20% growth and 80% student achievement.

The total school performance score is converted to a 100-point scale and then used to determine a school performance grade of A, B, C, D or F.  

When comparing 2016-2017 data 2017-2018 data, four of Asheville City’s eight schools with historical data met or exceeded growth.

In fact, all ten sites received an A, B or C ranking.

Since the NC READY Model began, educators have become more familiar with curriculum and state standards. They understand that rigor must increase if students are to academically compete on a global scale.

The district is focused on closing the gap between overall North Carolina performance and Asheville City Schools.

“These results reflect the hard work of our students, teachers and administrators,” said Asheville City Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Denise Patterson.  “We also appreciate our families and community support.”

Additionally, both Asheville High School and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville’s graduation rates were well above the 86.3% state average. The district’s overall graduation rate was its highest ever at 89.4%.

While each of these numbers is an important indicator of how Asheville City Schools is performing, it is important to note that no single number is an accurate reflection of all the effort that is put forth each year by the district’s students, teachers and staff.