Superintendent Mark Byrd found many causes for celebration with accountability results for the 2018-2019 school year released on September 4, with the most schools “meeting” or “exceeding” growth since 2015-2016.
Seven schools in Wilkes County (East Wilkes Middle, Moravian Falls Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, North Wilkes High, North Wilkesboro Elementary, Wilkesboro Elementary and Wilkes Early College High School) exceeded expected growth for 2018-2019, up from four schools the previous year. Mr. Byrd stated, “We are so proud of the students and staff of Mountain View Elementary, who did not meet expected growth in 2017-2018, yet exceeded expected growth in 2018-2019. We are just as proud of the students and staff of North Wilkesboro Elementary who exceeded expected growth for the sixth year in a row.”
East Wilkes High School met expected growth for the first time in six years, and three other schools (Boomer-Ferguson Elementary, Central Wilkes Middle, and Roaring River Elementary School) met expected growth after not meeting expected growth the previous year. Almost 75% of schools statewide met or exceeded growth expectations for 2018-2019, while 81% did in Wilkes County Schools.
Wilkes County Schools did not have a school to receive a letter grade below a “C” for only the second time in the six years that school performance grades have been calculated. Mr. Byrd expressed tremendous pride in the fact that four schools (East Wilkes High, East Wilkes Middle, West Wilkes Middle, and Wilkesboro Elementary School) achieved a grade of “B” after receiving a grade of “C” in 2017-2018, and Mountain View Elementary, who achieved a grade of “C” after having a “D” in 2017-2018. Wilkes Early College High School continues to be a source of pride for our county; they achieved a letter grade of “A” for the third year in a row. Less than 10% of schools statewide achieved this distinction.
Wilkes County Schools’ four year graduation cohort rate was at 88.1%, above the NC state average of 86.5% and slightly up from 87.9% in 2017-2018.
Data from 2018-2019 shows that Wilkes County has a lot to be proud of with our schools ranking higher than the state average in meeting or exceeding expected growth and in graduation cohort rates. Mr. Byrd stated, “We will continue to strive to give the students of Wilkes County the best educational experience possible. Our entire system believes they deserve it!”