School letter grades: Five B’s, six C’s, one D

For the most part, McDowell County Schools received good performance marks when accountability and testing scores were released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.

Five B’s, six C’s and one D were reported for the county’s public schools, up for some from last year’s scores. The grades are determined 80 percent by the school’s achievement score, and 20 percent in academic growth from the previous year.

Old Fort, North Cove, Glenwood, McDowell High School and McDowell Early College all received B grades; Eastfield, East McDowell, Marion, P.G., West Marion and West McDowell got C’s, and Nebo remained as the only D. Nebo has been a low-performing school three years in a row.

However, graduation rates rose for McDowell High School. Last year, it was at 84.7 percent. This year’s graduation rate increased to 88.4 percent, which now exceeds the state average of 86.5 percent. Alternative Education Center’s graduation rate dropped from 62.5 percent to 54.5 percent. The Early College graduation rate stood at 95 percent.

Statewide, a majority of the high schools earned a grade of B or better and 80.3 percent of elementary schools met or exceeded growth. Elementary and middle schools’ performance grades are based on test scores alone, while high school grades are based on test results, graduation rates and indicators of students’ readiness for college or a career.

For a breakdown of the statistics, visit www.dip.state.nc.us.

NCDPI School Report Cards for 2016-2017

Eastfield: C

East McDowell Middle: C

Glenwood: B

Marion: C

Early College: B

McDowell High: B

Nebo: D

North Cove: B

Old Fort: B

P.G.: C

West Marion: C

West McDowell Middle: C

 Reading School Performance Grades:

Eastfield: D

East McDowell Middle: C

Glenwood: B

Marion: C

Nebo: D

North Cove: B

Old Fort: B

P.G.: C

West Marion: C

West McDowell Middle: C

 Math School Performance Grades:

Eastfield: C

East McDowell Middle: D

Glenwood: C

Marion: C

Nebo: D

North Cove: B

Old Fort: B

P.G.: C

West Marion: C

West McDowell Middle: C

 Graduation Rates:

Early College: 95%

MHS: 88.4 %

AEC: 54.5%