Editor's note: The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education was slated to meet on Thursday afternoon, September 12, for their monthly meeting. The meeting was initially scheduled for Thursday, September 5 but was moved due to Hurricane Dorian. The September 12 meeting was after The Graphic's press deadline so any comments made during the meeting on the performance measures were not available in time for this week's edition. See next week's Graphic for any updates.
The Nash-Rocky Mount School System is one of nine districts in the State of North Carolina with over 50 percent of its schools identifying as low-performing schools.
Results of the state's annual School Performance Grade Accountability Measurement were released last week.
For the fifth straight year, the school system remains a low-performing district.
Low-performing districts are districts where the majority of schools received a School Performance Grade and have been identified as low performing. In the Nash-Rocky Mount School District, 54.2 percent of schools are deemed low-performing.
Last year, 58 percent of the district's schools were deemed low-performing.
The school system has 13 schools listed as low-performing schools, with 24 schools reporting.
Schools deemed low-performing include Baskerville, Benvenue, D.S. Johnson, Englewood, Middlesex and Spring Hope Elementary Schools; Nash Central Middle, G.R. Edwards Middle, J.W. Parker Middle and Rocky Mount Middle; and CITI High, Nash Central High and Rocky Mount High Schools.
Low-performing schools are identified annually as those that receive a School Performance Grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth."
However, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Del Burns said although the scores showed room for improvement, the school system still had things to celebrate.
"Cedar Grove, Coopers, Hubbard and Swift Creek improved their school performance grade," Burns said. "Tar River Academy moved from declining to progressing under the Alternative School Accountability model. Three schools, Coopers, Red Oak Middle and Early College High exceeded growth. Coopers Elementary School achieved a grade of "B" and Early College High achieved a grade of "A.""
M.B. Hubbard Elementary School also exceeded growth.
In addition to the four schools that exceeded growth, ten schools met growth while ten schools did not meet growth.
"The effort to support the hard work of NRMPS teachers and a district-wide focus on children continues," Burns said.