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Old 04-30-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I was researching the candidates for the Onslow County Board of Education primary election. In the process, I learned that only 4 of 37 schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress. There are 8 schools in the School Inprovement status, where School Choice is an option. I'd consider that a miserable record. What are the problems with the schools?

For the record, the only schools making AYP are three Elementary Schools, Bell Fork, Carolina Forest and Summerlin, and the Swansboro High School. In my area, Dixon, the schools are not bad enough to give parents the School Choice Option.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Is it a problem with the school or a problem with the demographics? Despite Jacksonville's reputation as a military town, Onslow County Schools primarily serve civilians. Looked at through that lens, it's academics aren't that different than most of ENC. The average age of Jacksonville says a lot about the area as whole, it being in the low-mid 20s. The majority of those kids go to the DOD schools on base that aren't listed on those stats. I just wanted to throw that in there to callout the elephant in the room, before anyone tried to connect it to the military. If anything, it's been shown that a large military child population boosts scores.

All of that said, I was being rhetorical in the first sentence. The issue is demographics. There is plenty of room for individual excellence. Look at a school like Parkwood. It did not meet AYP in 3 out of the 21 categories. Still the school overall is school of distinction, with 80% performing at grade level or above. Furthermore the test scores aren't everything. I've seens chools with excellent test scores with parents that hated how the school was ran and teachers/faculty interacted with students.

Also, Summersill, Carolina Forest, Bell Fork, Parkwood, and Swansboro, are all in areas from Onslow County with a higher tax bracket so to speak. Parkwood even has Northwood in it's vicinity to send lower income kids to, though some of them still go to Parkwood. Again, check the three areas in which Parkwood missed their AYP. Southwest Elementary is good school overall but it's scores suffer from the rural juxtaposition people with money that want land, and poor people in trailer parks.

So all in all, if you are an active parent, there is nothing wrong with the Onslow County School system.

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Old 04-30-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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So all in all, if you are an active parent, there is nothing wrong with the Onslow County School system.
Thank you for the comments.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:48 PM
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I would look more at the test scores. The annual growth computation is overly complicated and the better you do, the harder it is to grow, regardless of what they say. Check the test scores of a school compared to the district and the state. No matter what you may think of testing, scores well above state average or well below state average, make a statement.
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