Academic performance at NC schools
State education leaders released results Thursday of the new READY testing and accountability program for the 2012-13 school year. The READY program measures academic progress at North Carolina's public schools, using standardized end-of-grade tests in reading and math for grades three through eight, science in grades five and eight and end-of-course tests in three high school subjects.

Interpreting the results: State officials say that proficiency rates were much lower than in prior years because the exams are more rigorous. Students are expected to meet goals for progress. The goals are tailored to each school, based mainly on results of tests students took in previous years. Students are expected to show a year's worth of growth, regardless of where they started and if they pass.
  • Not Met: Most students failed to show a year's worth of growth of classroom material.
  • Met: Most students showed they made a year's worth of growth.
  • Exceeds: Most students showed more than a year's worth of growth.
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Source: NC Department of Public Instruction
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