Most schools report 'Cs' on testing


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, September 7, 2018

Two-thirds of the public schools in the Albemarle scored “C” letter grades on the state School Report Cards released this week while two received “A” grades and one dropped to an “F.”

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released its annual report on Wednesday, providing a snapshot of student testing performance during the 2017-18 school year. Besides awarding each school a letter grade between A-F, the report also measured whether each school met, exceeded or failed to meet its “expected growth” on annual testing.

The report was bittersweet for the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, as the district moved out of “low performing district” status but also had one school, Pasquotank Elementary, receive a “F” grade.

In a prepared statement, ECPPS officials thanked teachers and staff for working hard to improve achievement this past school year and move the district out “low-performing” status.

“ECPPS was deemed a low-performing district last year,” the district noted. “Teachers and staff worked extremely hard to meet the challenges facing us as a low-performing district. ECPPS is pleased with the progress made during the 2017-18 school year and that we are no longer considered a low performing district.”

That progress included three schools — Central Elementary, J.C. Sawyer Elementary and River Road Middle — improving their letter grades from “D” to “C”; Weeksville Elementary School improving its grade from “C” to “B”; and P.W. Moore Elementary — which scored the area’s only “F” grade last year — pulling its grade up to “D.” 

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Early College also received a “B” grade following its first year of operation.


Other ECPPS schools maintained the grades they received the year before. Elizabeth City Middle again scored a “D” while Northside Elementary, Sheep-Harney Elementary, Northeastern High and Pasquotank High all received “Cs.”


In the Camden County Schools, Grandy Primary School garnered an “A” while Camden County High School, Camden Intermediate School and Camden Early College High School all received “B” grades and Camden Middle School received a “C.”

Grandy Primary becomes only the second school in the region — J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck County is the other — to earn an “A” on the annual report.

After his school scored its fourth “A” grade in a row, Principal Steve Basnight said Thursday that J.P. Knapp staff and students are pleased with the school’s high level of achievement, especially the fact the school continues to improve each year, reaching a numerical grade of 93 for the 2017-18 school year.


In the Currituck County Schools, had one school to receive an “A” grade, which was J.P. Knapp Early College High School. There was also one “B” school in Currituck, Moyock Elementary School.

Among other schools in the Currituck district, Moyock Elementary School earned a “B” while the others — Central Elementary, Currituck County High School, Currituck County Middle School, Jarvisburg Elementary, Shawboro Elementary, Knotts Island Elementary, Moyock Middle and W.T. Griggs Elementary — received “Cs.”

Mark Stefanik, superintendent of the Currituck County Schools, said Currituck is focused on continued improvement.

“Currituck County Schools is committed to continuous improvement and we are appreciative of the annual data that will be utilized in our School Improvement Process,” Stefanik said. “We will celebrate our students' successes and focus on areas in need of improvement. We are proud of the work that our dedicated staff members, administrators, and faculty members do every day, and we are proud of our students' accomplishments.”


Elsewhere, all four schools in the Edenton-Chowan Public Schools received a “C” grade. Those schools include Chowan Middle, D.F. Walker Elementary, White Oak Elementary and John A. Holmes High School.

In Perquimans County, Perquimans County High School received “B” while Perquimans Central, Hertford Grammar and Perquimans Middle received “C” grades.

The Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, a charter school located in Elizabeth City, received a grade of “C.”