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READY Accountability Model

What is READY?

READY is the name of the accountability initiative formerly known as the ABC's. The READY program sets growth and performance standards for each elementary, middle, and high school in the state.

How Does READY Support Teaching and Learning?

  1. Informed decisions with data by district, county, and state.
  2. Assessments to better understand student progress.
  3. Standards to ensure that what the student is learning will serve him or her well, regardless of the path he or she follows.

What Information Does READY Provide?

  1. The percentage of students who scored at achievement levels 1-5. Level 3 is considered proficient and levels 4-5 are considered college and career ready.
  2. Growth level. The rate at which students learned over the past year. Schools can meet growth goals, not meet growth goals, or exceed growth goals.
  3. Performance on other high school indicators. The ACT, ACT WorkKeys, 4-year and 5-year graduation rates, and successful completion of high-level math courses.

Understanding EOG/EOC Assessments

In October 2013, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) adopted new college and career readiness Academic Achievement Standards and Academic Achievement Descriptors for the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests and their alternate assessments. These standards and descriptors allow you to compare your child's performance to grade/course level expectations.

Previously, achievement levels were based on Levels 1–4. The new standards include Levels 1–5. The following chart denotes the Achievement Level/Proficiency Standards.

Achievement LevelGrade Level Proficiency StandardCollege & Career Readiness Standard
Level 5: Superior Command of ConceptsMeetsMeets
Level 4: Solid Command of ConceptsMeetsMeets
Level 3: Sufficient Command of ConceptsMeetsDoes Not Meet
Level 2: Partial Command of ConceptsDoes Not MeetDoes Not Meet
Level 1: Limited Command of ConceptsDoes Not MeetDoes Not Meet

The new Achievement Level 3 identifies students who are prepared for the next grade but do not meet the college and career readiness standard. Students at this level have a sufficient command of the grade level knowledge and skills, but they may need academic support to engage successfully in this content area in the next grade level. They are prepared for the next grade level but will need additional academic support in order to be on track for meeting the college and career readiness standard.

The five academic achievement levels are effective with the 2013 – 2014 school year for all EOG and EOC tests and their alternates.

END-OF-GRADE AND END-OF-COURSE TESTS INCLUDE:
  • End-of-Grade for English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics, Grades 3–8
  • End-of-Grade for Science, Grades 5 and 8
  • End-of-Course, Math I
  • End-of-Course, English II
  • End-of-Course, Biology
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How did our schools perform on READY assessments?

2014-2015

Grade

North
Carolina

Jackson
County

A+69
(2.8%)
0
(0.0%)
A89
(3.6%)
1
(12.5%)
B586
(24.%)
1
(12.5%)
C1,020
(41.7%)
3
(37.5%)
D536
(21.9%)
3
(37.5%)
F146
(6.0%)
0
(0.0%)
Total2,4468

2015-2016

GradeNorth
Carolina
Jackson
County
A+84
(3.4%)
0
(0.0%)
A86
(3.5%)
1
(12.5%)
B634
(25.8%)
1
(12.5%)
C1,084
(44.1%)
4
(50.0%)
D469
(19.1%)
2
(25.0%)
F102
(4.1%)
0
(0.0%)
Total2,4598

2015-2016 ACCOUNTABILITY & TESTING RESULTs

2016-17 School Performance Grades

Overall
Grade
North
Carolina
Jackson
County

A+87
(3.5%)
0
0.0%
A94
(3.8%)
1
12.5%
B706
(28.5%)
5
12.5%
C1,030
(41.6%)
1
37.5%
D463
(18.7%)
1
37.5%
F98
(4.0%)
0
0.0%
Total2,4788

4-Year Graduation Rate

North

Carolina

Jackson

County

2014-1585.6%83.8%
2015-1685.8%86.7%
2016-1786.5%86.7%
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