North Carolina posted public school report cards on Feb. 5, revealing interesting information about charter schools and the public school systems in Orange County and Durham.
The state used a 15-point grade scale for the 2013-2014 school year. In subsequent years each letter grade will be a traditional 10-point scale, which could help differentiate schools and counties' performance from each other. Elementary and middle schools had their scores broken down into reading and math components in addition to their overall scores. High schools did not have a similar breakdown.
For Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools public schools made Bs and Cs on their reading tests and Bs and Ds in math, but did better when graded overall. Seawell Elementary (B, 83) and Glenwood Elementary (B, 83) tied for the lead in the county in reading and Morris Grove Elementary (B, 84) led in math.
Covering a larger number of schools, Durham Public Schools scored on a wider range than their Chapel Hill-Carrboro counterparts, with overall grades spanning from high As to Fs.
Some of the highest performing schools in the state in the 2013-2014 academic year were charter schools, with 14 of them earning As overall. Of all charter schools Raleigh Charter High (A, 98), Magellan Charter (A, 95), Metrolina Reg Scholars Academy (A, 94), Quest Academy (A, 94), and Exploris Middle School (A, 91) received the highest overall scores. Metrolina Reg Scholars Academy led the pack in reading with a score of 96, and Quest Academy outperformed the rest in math with a score of 95.