North Carolina’s school accountability program, the ABCs of Public Education, provides a lot of important information about our schools. But, these numbers only tell part of the story. Other indicators of school quality are important to parents and community members. This information can be found in one place, on the North Carolina School Report Card.
Governor Beverly Perdue is committed to providing parents with more information about schools. She believes that well-informed parents will be empowered and more involved with their children’s learning and their schools. In addition, the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to issue report cards.
This report card includes important information about school and student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety, instructional resources, and teacher quality. There is also information about how our school measured against federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets and the number of suspensions and expulsions in our school. Report card data is available for our school, our school district, and for the state’s education system as a whole.
The numbers only tell part of the story. At our school, we are proud of the fact that we have a school atmosphere that is much like that of an extended family. We also have several programs throughout the school year that exposes children to many different genres of literature and that helps them make the text to life connection with their learning. Our volunteers also play an integral role in helping us meet the needs of our students.
The report cards are available on the NC Report Cards Web site at www.ncreportcards.org. Look at our school’s full report card at this site, or read the shorter summary, called the Report Card Snapshot. Our School District’s report card can be found on the Report Card Web site as well.
School report cards are provided for regular public schools, charter schools, and alternative schools. The information in our school report card is from the 2011-2012 school year.
At James W. Smith Elementary School, we want parents to be more informed about our school’s progress and more involved in our school on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss this report card or any other interests you have in our school. Thank you for allowing me to share this report card with you and thank you for supporting our efforts to provide your child with a high-quality education.
Renee D. Whitford