Education

Finding out how your child’s school is performing is easier now

N.C. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson reads a book to kindergarteners during his visit at East Garner Elementary School in Garner on April 3, 2017.
N.C. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson reads a book to kindergarteners during his visit at East Garner Elementary School in Garner on April 3, 2017. amoody@newsobserver.com

It’s now easier to look up information on individual North Carolina public schools and school districts, including their test scores and the qualifications of their teachers.

State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson unveiled Tuesday the redesigned NC School Report Cards website, schoolreportcards.nc.gov, which has been updated to include data from the 2016-17 school year. The revamped website is now accessible on mobile devices, a feature that wasn’t available in the past.

Other new features include a section on the career and technical education courses offered at schools and the school’s student-readiness indicator, which shows the percentage of students entering a school who were proficient in both reading and math the previous year.

“The brand-new website, schoolreportcards.nc.gov, is a resource for parents and educators that provides the transparency they need into the characteristics and performance of our public schools in an easy-to-use format,” Johnson said in a statement. “As a parent, I believe this is the kind of information the public needs about our schools, in an accessible format we can all understand.

“As a former ninth-grade teacher, I am particularly excited to launch the student-readiness indicator, which shows how prepared students are when they enter a school.”

People who want more detailed data can visit the school report card analytical site at https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/landing.html. Data downloads are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/researchers/.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001. Schools will also be providing parents with paper copies of the new report cards.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

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