Two local Sampson County schools received top grades in annual school performance grade results that were released Wednesday.
Plain View Elementary and Clement Elementary were the only schools in the area that received the highest grade of A in the performance grading system. Both schools also exceeded its growth expectations in annual data released from the state.
Several years ago the state switched to a system of grading schools on an A-F system, with A being the highest score and F indicating schools that did not meet standards. Schools are also measured on whether or not they met growth expectations.
Harnett County School leaders say more improvement is needed, but they see positive trends in test scores here.
Though there were no A schools in Harnett County, all schools here received passing grades. Three schools received a grade of B. Those schools were Benhaven Elementary, Harnett County Early College and Overhills High School.
Seven schools in the county received D scores. Those schools were Angier Elementary, Wayne Avenue Elementary, Highland Middle, Lillington-Shawtown Elementary, Harnett Central Middle, Dunn Middle and Boone Trail Elementary.
The remaining schools in the county had C scores.
Harnett County students in grades 3-8 showed continued growth in math and reading performance.
Students achieving College Career Readiness, or CCR standards, increased in 2017-2018 from 38.7 percent to 39.5 percent in reading and from 39.6 percent to 40.9 percent in math.
Grade level performance for the district in reading was 51.1 percent in 2017-2018 and 51.3 percent in 2016.
Superintendent Dr. Aaron Fleming said the system is following state trends.
“We are right where the state is as far as trends in data in many categories,” Dr. Fleming said. “‘We know programs don’t teach kids. We have to continue to focus on teaching the standards and supporting our students in their learning.”
He said the schools will continue to move forward.
“While we are not where we want to be, Harnett County Schools continue to move forward and make progress,” Dr. Fleming said. “Areas of my greatest concerns are continuing improvement in growth. We must use all data available to us to provide more support and resources for our teachers. If we concentrate on growth, proficiency will come.”
All three schools in the Midway school district received grades of B. Midway Elementary School and Midway Middle School exceeded growth expectations while Midway High School met expectations.
Hobbton Elementary received a B grade and did not meet growth expectations. Hobbton Middle School received a grade of C and did not meet growth expectations.
Scores were also released for Johnston County. In the local area, both Benson Middle and Elementary schools received grades of D and did not meet growth standards. Four Oaks Elementary and Four Oaks Middle both failed to meet growth expectations. The elementary school in Four Oaks received a grade of C while Four Oaks Middle School received a grade of D.
Meadow Elementary received a grade of C and did not meet expectations.
South Johnston High received a grade of C and did not meet expectations.