About the same number of Durham Public Schools students were performing at grade level last school year compared to the previous year, according to 2014-15 End-of-Grade and End-of-Course test results released Wednesday.
Preliminary results indicate that 44 percent of students were proficient or passed the state tests in reading, math and science, compared to 44.1 percent in 2013-14
About 76.9 percent of white students passed the tests, compared to 34.2 percent of black students. Only 30.9 percent of economically disadvantaged students passed the tests.
DPS’s 44 percent passing rate compares to 56.6 percent across the state, 66.7 percent in Wake, 59.3 in Orange County and 76.9 in Chapel-Hill Carrboro.
Students improved in math (grades 3 to 8), in science (5,8), and held steady in reading (3-8). There were declines in English 2 and Math 1.
“Students in Durham continue to make meaningful gains, but clearly we still have more work to do,” Superintendent Bert L’Homme said in a statement. “The data today show some clear wins, where our efforts to increase achievement and graduation have paid off.”
Four-year graduation rate dropped slightly from 81.5 percent to 80.8 percent. The statewide graduation rate was 85.4 percent.
L’Homme noted that Hillside High bettered its graduation rate from 87.8 percent to 91.1 percent, the highest among the system’s traditional, non-magnet high schools.
In general, schools are also graded on a 15-point scale, meaning a score of 85 and above is an A. For the first time, schools can earn an A-plus if they don’t have a significant achievement gap.
In Durham, two traditional public schools received an A-plus grade (City of Medicine Academy and J.D. Clement Early College High), one received an A (Middle College High) and three received a B (Durham School of the Arts, Mangum Elementary and Pearsontown Elementary). Eighteen received a C, 16 received a D and 10 received an F.
The lowest school scores that traditional public schools received included Merrick-Moore Elementary (30), Eastway Elementary and W.G Pearson Elementary (33) and Lowe’s Grove Middle and Neal Middle (34). The percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch at those schools ranged from 78 to 100 percent.
Eleven Durham County charter schools were graded. Three received a B, three received a C, two received a D and two received an F. Research Triangle High School and Voyager Academy received the highest scores of 76 and 71 respectively, while Global Scholars Academy and Healthy Start Academy received the lowest score of 39.
To learn more about Durham Public School’s scores go to http://bit.ly/Durhamscores.