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School performance grades show growth

“With over 50 percent of our schools receiving a letter grade of “C” we recognize their commitment and the wholeheartedness they display every day for the education of our students. But, we also realize there is room for improvement in those schools that received a lower grade.  Knowing where we have difficulties is the first step in working towards improvement. Our commitment is to rally around those schools and the students in them to improve results. That will take an all-hands-on-deck effort, with parents, teachers, administrators, and local and state governments working together,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said.

“In spite of the letter grades, our schools continue to be places of great dedication, incredible hard work, and inspiring success stories. The information provided on the A-F School Report Cards is a benchmark and only one measure of what student success looks like,” said Taylor

Over 69 percent of Bladen County Schools met expected growth. For example, East Arcadia School received a letter grade of “F” in the 2017-2018 school year, but for 2018-2019 they grew their student achievement, earning a letter grade of “D”.  Additionally, our district graduation rate continues to increase, reaching 92 percent for the 2018-2019 school year. An all time high and the highest in the Sandhills region. The district focus is growing the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally.

“Regardless of the grade a school receives, Bladen County students do not know less than they did and teachers are not doing a poor job; Far from it. Classroom teachers are working hard, responding to more rigorous standards that will help children become prepared for successful and happy lives.  One letter grade simply cannot portray the total quality education that our schools are providing. Bladen County Schools’ commitment is to consistently do a better job of providing the academic skills necessary for students to be successful at all levels when they graduate our schools.  And, parents should understand that the district is committed to helping all schools succeed,” said Taylor.

School Report Card details from the NC Department of Public Instruction Accountability