Friday, October 31, 2014

A Struggling School on the Path to Success

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By John Rosales

It’s one of the comeback stories of the year among certain educators in North Carolina.

Three years ago, Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point had one of the lowest academic performance scores in the state. Two years ago, still floundering, Oak Hill became one of the lowest-performing schools in the nation, with only 24 percent of students scoring proficient on state reading exams and 39 percent testing proficient in math.

But a recent change in school leadership, some grant money, and a new team of teachers who actually chose to work at Oak Hill are helping to turn the school around and get off “worst school” lists.

This past school year, Oak Hill had the largest gain in Guilford County Schools, increasing its student performance score by almost 20 points to over 65 percent. The preliminary test results come from the 2010-11 End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests in reading, math and science.

Read the rest of the story at neapriorityschools.org.

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