W-S/Forsyth Co. School test scores drop, graduation rates go up

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--Statistics released today by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction show while roughly 80 percent of the state's public schools met or exceeded their goals this year, only 61 percent of schools in Forsyth County met or exceeded student growth goals.

Superintendent Dr. Don Martin says, "you don't feel good about that hopefully that's a one year aberration and get back on track."

Reading and math test scores for Forsyth County's 3rd through 8th graders were roughly one percent lower than last year.

The good news science scores increased. 

Martin says the bright spot, high school graduation rates were at their highest since 2006.  More than 80 percent of students got a diploma.
Martin says the testing system is complex and doesn't always use accurate comparisons. 

"We are still not looking at how well do third graders do when they become fourth graders, we are not making longitudinal comparisons with this test," said Martin.

Instead of looking at school labels issued by this testing system like "low performing" or "less than expected growth" Martin says parents should use the scores to analyze their child's individual growth.

"Their individual results they really should look at. Look at the comparison score of where they are and learn as much about what that score says about their child," said Martin.

For a complete listing of scores and a break down of systems go to http://www.ncpublicschools.org.