More Johnston County Public Schools Students Are Exceeding Expectations

According to the school accountability data released to the State Board of Education on Sept. 4,  Johnston County Public Schools doubled the number of schools that met or exceeded expectations for student gains.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish this past year as more of our school met or exceeded growth,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Paula Coates. “We will continue to work hard to achieve even better results next year.”

The number of schools in JCPS meeting or exceeding growth increased from 13 schools in 2018 to 26 schools in 2019. These numbers are based on the results of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests in reading and math in elementary schools and English and math in high schools.

Additionally, the district was able to reduce the number of its low performing schools from 16 to 14.

The accountability data released by the state also included the four-year Cohort Graduation Rate for the class of 2019.  The JCPS four-year graduation increased from 91.8 percent to 93.4 percent, surpassing the state graduation rate of 86.5 percent.

Other indicators of College and Career Readiness include:

  • Percent of students earning a Silver certificate or better on the WorkKeys assessment (taken by  students who are Career and Technical concentrators during 12th grade year) increased to 70.9 percent compared to the state percentage of 65.5 percent.
  • Like the state,  JCPS percentage of English Learners making adequate progress in language acquisition skills showed a decrease (45.3 percent to 39.4 percent). However, the JCPS  percentage of 39.4 percent is slightly above the state percentage of 38.6 percent.

(Johnston County Schools Press Release)