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Five schools fall short, 12 exceed new NC standard

Five Henderson County schools failed to meet academic improvement targets set by North Carolina's new, more rigorous testing standard, and 12 schools exceeded the standard, according to statistics released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.

Six county schools met the standards.
Adopted by the state Board of Education for the 2012-13 academic year, the READY Accountability Model replaced the state's 18-year-old ABCs measurement with harder tests. Goals are tailored to each school based primarily on tests taken in previous years, the News&Observer reported in a story on the statewide test results.
A rating of "not met" meant most students failed to show a year's worth of academic growth; "met" meant that most students did show a year's worth of growth; and "exceeds" meant that most students showed more than a year's growth. Schools are compared to their own past standardized test scores in the measurement of how much improvement students made.
Henderson County schools that did not meet growth targets were Dana Elementary School (49.2 percent), Edneyville Elementary School (34.5 percent), Fletcher Elementary School (61.4 percent), Balfour Education Center (11.9 percent) and West Henderson High School (48.7 percent).
Schools meeting targets were Apple Valley Middle School (44.2 percent), East Henderson High School (46.7 percent), Etowah Elementary School (67.1 percent), Hendersonville High School (55.2 percent), Hillandale Elementary School (48.5 percent), and Sugarloaf Elementary School (44.5 percent).
Exceeding targets were Atkinson Elementary School (59.5 percent), Bruce Drysdale Elementary School (38.5 percent), Clear Creek Elementary School (65.6 percent), Flat Rock Middle School (53.4 percent), Hendersonville Elementary School (59.9 percent), Hendersonville Middle School (58.3 percent), Glenn Marlow Elementary School (72.5 percent), Mills River Elementary School (60.1 percent), North Henderson High School (48.9 percent), Rugby Middle School (62.3 percent), Upward Elementary School (47.3 percent) and the Early College (77.2 percent).
Although the new READY Accountability Model applies to both traditional and charter public schools, the state Department of Public Instruction did not list scores for Mountain Community School.