Over the past few years, it has bothered me that the previous yearís test scores were lost when I presented the current year's results. This year I'm using tables to present this yearís scores along with data from previous years. The resulting tables follow. Hover over the column headings if you don't understand the terms or to get more details on the data. A small window should pop up with more information.

MDCS has achieved high growth status 4 times in the last five years and met expectations the fifth time while outperforming the other state elementary and middle schools by an average of 14 percentage points.  The past two years have seen us in the top 10% of all North Carolina schools serving grades K-8. In short, we're establishing ourselves as one of the best public schools in the state.

These outstanding test results are validation that making learning fun, engaging, and relevant for our children gives them the tools they need to succeed in the world at large. Although I can't prove it, I believe that the results also reflect our attention to every studentís social, emotional, and physical well being. If you want to learn more about the educational experience that lies behind our excellent performance on tests, visit my directorís page for a guided tour of our website.

At the very least, visit the Meet Our Staff page to learn something about the amazing people behind our success. As an administrator, I am honored to work with such a talented and dedicated staff. As a parent of two MDCS alumni, I can personally attest to the wonderful results of an MDCS education and I am blessed that it was an option for my childrenís education.

Sincerely,

Carter Petty

MDCS EOG Results 2013-Present

(Hover over or tap column headings for explanations.)

  MDCS PCThe percentage of state tests on which MDCS students scored at a Level 3 (proficient at grade level) or higher. PC = Performance Composite State PCThe percentage of state tests on which North Carolina students scored at a Level 3 (proficient at grade level) or higher. PC = Performance Composite Diff.Number of percentage points by which MDCS outperformed statewide results (Col.2- Col.3). GrowthTarget EOG scores are calculated for each student based on the preceding yearís score. If a student meets or exceeds his/her individual target scores s/he has met growth expectations. A school meets growth expectations if about 50% of students meet their individual targets on a test. A school achieves high growth status if at least 60% of students meet their individual target scores. %ileThe percentage of North Carolina K-8 schools that MDCS outperfomed on a given test or tests. SPGSchool Performance Grade in accordance with the new state rating system implemented in 2014. For additional information, use the links at the bottom of the page.
2013-14            
EOG Overall 76.6 55.7 20.9 High 91.7 B
Math 68.1 51.1 17.0 High 83 B
Reading 80 56.4 23.6 High 94.9 B
Science 89.7 67.7 22 * 92.6 N/A
8th Grade            
EOG Overall 84.1 55.9 28.2 High 96.3  
Math 71.4 42.2 29.2 High 95  
Reading 85.7 54.2 31.5 High 96.4  
Science 95.2 71.3 23.9 * 92.9  
2012-13            
EOG Overall 62.4 44.4 18 High 90.4 N/A
Math 57.5 42.3 15.2 High ** N/A
Reading 63.7 43.9 19.8 High ** N/A
Science 71.1 52.2 18.9 * ** N/A
8th Grade            
EOG Overall 77.2 44.7 32.5 High **  
Math 63.2 34.2 29 High 95.7  
Reading 78.9 41 37.9 High 98.6  
Science 89.5 59.1 30.4 * 97.8  

*Growth is not measured for science because it is only tested in the 5th and 8th grades.

**Data not availabe to calculate these percentiles.

These results are impressive in many ways, but it impresses me most that we are consistently in the top 10% of schools statewide and that we outperformed the overall state results by nearly 21 percentage points. I chose to break out the 8th grade results because our K-8 experience is a nine year process that happens at a different pace for every individual. Our goal is to prepare a student to go on to 9th grade as a well adjusted, critical thinker who is prepared for the educational quantum leap to high school. While standardized test scores donít even begin to completely evaluate this, they do provide insight into an important part of that goal. These scores indicate that our students are head and shoulders above the average 8th grader in a North Carolina public school.

I wanted to present the last five years of data, but I chose not to present all five years in the table above because the state changed curriculum and tests for the 2012-13 school year. The table below summarizes our results for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 testing seasons.

MDCS EOG Results Summary 2010-12

(Hover over or tap column headings for explanations.)

  MDCS PCThe percentage of state tests on which MDCS students scored at a Level 3 (proficient at grade level) or higher. PC = Performance Composite State PCThe percentage of state tests on which North Carolina students scored at a Level 3 (proficient at grade level) or higher. PC = Performance Composite Diff.Number of percentage points by which MDCS outperformed statewide results (Col. 2- Col.3). GrowthTarget EOG scores are calculated for each student based on the preceding yearís score. If a student meets or exceeds his/her individual target scores s/he has met growth expectations. A school meets growth expectations if about 50% of students meet their individual targets on a test. A school achieves high growth status if at least 60% of students meet their individual target scores. State RecognitionThe title earned by NC schools with given performance composite.
School of Excellence- PC 90-99%
School of Distinction- PC 80-89%
School of Progress- PC 60-79%
Priority School- PC 50-69%
Low Performing School- PC < 50%
2011-12 89 77 12 High School of Distinction
8thGrade 93 77.9 15.1 High  
2010-11 86.7 76.3 10.4 Met School of Distinction
8thGrade 71.1 52.2 18.9 High/Met*  
2009-10 84.6 76 8.6 High School of Distinction
8thGrade 71.1 52.2 18.9 High  

*High/Met means high growth in Math, met expectations in Reading.

 

MDCS SRC Snapshot has a good discussion of the formula and scale used for SPG's.

School Performance Grade Info is a DPI page with enough information for even the most data-driven reader. Pour yourself a strong cup of coffee.

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