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Originally published: 2012-09-28 10:52:33
Last modified: 2012-09-28 10:52:33

From the Superintendent’s Desk: Student performance shows improvement in 2011-12

David Burleson

It is hard to believe that a month of school is behind us and that our students are already moving forward to success. I am hopeful that each of our students experienced a very smooth beginning. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone for their hard work that helped to provide a very successful opening day. 

As we move forward in this school year, we must look back at our performance for 2011-12 and use information to evaluate student progress and growth in our school system. Our students continue to surpass state averages in nearly every EOG/EOC-tested area, and rank consistently above the average of the Northwest Region. Based on recently released test results, our school system performed well on the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests. ACS has achieved some of the highest proficiency ever and our growth status has improved from last year. The following is a quick summary of our testing results: 

• All but one of our eight schools are above the 75 percent proficiency level;

• Six of eight eligible schools are above the 80 percent proficiency level;

• Seven of our eight eligible schools (87 percent) made at least expected growth; 

• Four of our eight schools (50 percent) made high growth:

• Four of our schools experienced their three-year high;

• The cohort graduation rate for Avery County Schools ranked fourth in the state, representing the first time ever in the state’s top 10;

• Our ACT scores are below the state and regional averages (We have some work to do with the ACT to help our students be more successful.);

• Our overall attendance rate was up for the Avery County Schools with five of our schools having their highest attendance rates ever.

These results reflect the diligent work of our students and staff over the 2011-12 school year. 

The 2011-12 school year marks the end of our students taking the current End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests. These tests will be replaced by new tests designed to measure our students’ mastery of the new Common Core Curriculum. 

My hope and prayer is that this school year will be the best one ever for our district and the students we serve. As a school system we are here to provide quality education for your child and to assist our community. We have an open door policy at our Central Services Office, and welcome your visit. You may also contact our office at (828) 733-6006. We value your input and feedback as we embrace our mission to become a role model for public education. Thank you for the support you give to our school system and to our children. 

David Burleson
ACS Superintendent