- Hoke County Schools
2021-2022 Data & Accountability Results
On Thursday, September 1, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its school performance grades and accountability data for the 2021-22 school year.
Every district and charter school receives an A-F letter grade based 80 percent on the school's achievement score (calculated using a composite method based on the sum of points earned by a school on all of the indicators measured for that school), and 20 percent on students' academic growth (compares the actual performance of the school's students to their expected performance based on a statewide statistical model). The letter grades are computed on a 15-point scale (85-100=A; 70-84=B; etc.). Because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, the accountability report for the 2021-22 school year is the first since 2018-19 to feature all components of the state’s accountability framework, including the calculation of A-F School Performance Grades and growth designations.
In their press release after the State Board of Education meeting where the results were first shared, NCDPI reported that the COVID-19 pandemic is still significantly impacting students and schools last year, student performance on the state’s end-of-grade and end-of-course exams continued to be below levels reported for the 2018-19 year, the last full year prior to the pandemic disruptions that began in March 2020. However, even with significant challenges and ongoing effects of the pandemic, Hoke County Schools had many areas of improvement.
“We are extremely appreciative of our entire HCS team for their work and dedication during the 2021-2022 school year. Our team demonstrated our district motto, ‘Resilient and Ready’, every day as they persevered through the challenges of the pandemic, navigating the changing educational landscape with new protocols, instructional shifts, Covid-related staff absences, and unexpected turns,” Superintendent Dr. Debra Dowless noted. “As a team, we recognize that the past 2 years have had a profound and extensive impact on students’ learning, as reflected in our accountability data.”
High School Graduation Rate and ACT
The 4-year cohort graduation rate (calculated only at the high school level) for Hoke County Schools continues to trend upward. The graduation rate for 2021-22 was 84.8%, which was an increase from 82.8% reported in 2020-21, as well as an increase from 2018-19 which was 80.4%. In comparison, the state saw a decline in the graduation rate of .8% from 2020-21 to 2021-22.
According to NC DPI, high school performance grades were impacted by a higher minimum ACT score now required for admission to University of North Carolina (UNC) campuses. The percentage of 11th graders achieving the new UNC minimum of 19 was 29.4, compared to 49.3 percent in 2020-21 at the previous minimum score of 17. The UNC minimum ACT composite score changed from 17 to 19 in 2021-2022.
In 2021-2022 both subjects, reading and math, experienced a fluctuation of scores in all grade levels, 3-8, in comparison to the 2020-2021 data. However, overall, there were more increases than decreases in all grade levels, 3-8, in both reading and math, at the Grade Level Proficient standard with math scores trending higher than reading.
Proficiency grades on science exams, which are given at grades 5 and 8, showed more significant gains, at both the College and Career Readiness (CCR) and Grade Level Proficiency (GLP) levels, with grade 8 approaching our 2018-19 performance.
Among end-of-course exams administered in high school grades, scores on the Math 3 exam exceeded the 2018-19 pre-pandemic performance, while scores on Math 1 and Biology exams improved from the 2020-21 year. Scores on the English II exam increased slightly at the CCR proficiency level and were down slightly at the GLP level compared to the 2020-2021 year.
Opportunities for Continuous Improvement
Because of the overall drop in A-F school performance grades across the state for the 2021-22 school year, the number of low-performing schools increased significantly from the 2018-19 year, when schools were last identified. A low-performing school has a School Performance Grade of 'D' or 'F', and a growth status of 'Met' or 'Not Met.' For 2021-22, six schools in Hoke County were identified as low performing with only one school identified as low-performing in 2018-19.
“For the 2022-2023 school year, Hoke County Schools will continue to provide targeted instruction to recover lost learning,” Dr. Dawn Ramseur, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction PreK - 5, explained. “By providing high-quality instruction and targeted interventions, we will continue to build student skills and proficiency.”
Dr. Dowless added, “Although we improved overall from where we were in 2020-21, there is still much work to do. We are committed to building upon our academic growth and successes achieved last year. As we start this new school year, we are focused on learning recovery and acceleration, extended learning opportunities, and multi-tiered systems of support. Our team is committed to the work because we know our students are counting on us.”
To access the School Accountability and Student Test Performance Results for the 2021-22 School Year, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website.