School Report Cards

Letter from the Superintendent

Dr. Aaron L. Fleming

Dr. Aaron L. Fleming

Dear Harnett County Parents, Staff and Community Members:

We welcome you to the North Carolina Report Card site for Harnett County Schools for the 2019-20 school year. This site is a resource for information regarding student achievement, class size, school safety, school technology, instructional resources and teacher quality at the school level, district level, and state level.

As you review the schools’ information, you will see a letter grade "A-F", as required by state law, on the school level report card. Please note that this letter grade is only one measure of school quality and that test scores for Harnett County Schools appear to be in line with state trend. We know there are many things to celebrate at each of our schools. This year also brings changes in testing. In 2019-2020, North Carolina administered a new edition of the mathematics tests; therefore, comparisons to previous years’ data are limited. Also, students who took NC Math I course during or prior to grade 8 do not take Grade 8 Math EOG. Grade 8 Math EOG is not all students in grade 8 but only those who did not take Math I in grade 8.

In Harnett County students in grades 3-8 continue to make steady gains in math and reading performance. Grade level performance for the District in reading was at 51.1% in 2017-2018 and 51.3% in 2018-2019. Math grade-level performance in grades 3-8 increased from 48.9% to 52.3%. Overall, grade level proficiency continues to improve increasing from 51.3% to 51.6% in 2018-2019.

Harnett County middle school students in 2018-19 also gained in math grade-level performance standards in grades sixth, seventh and eighth. Eighth-grade students showed improvement in reading in grade-level performance increasing 2.8%. High school Biology scores for grade-level performance standards improved in Harnett County from 49% to 52% while English II increased from 48.3% to 51.9%

Harnett County continues to remain competitive with the state in these areas with 76% of schools meeting their growth (this is up from 64% last year) and 72% of schools receiving a school performance grade of C or better. Harnett County Schools' graduation rate is 87.1%, an increase of 0.1%. Our graduation rate is now above the state average.

We are pleased with our progress. Just a few highlights include we now have 5 schools with a School Performance Grade of a B, 80% of our high schools met or exceeded growth, our graduation rate is above the state’s graduation rate and our number of schools designated as low performing has decreased. When we take a closer look at our data, we are right where the state is as far as trends in data in many categories. We know programs do not teach kids. We have to continue to focus on teaching the standards, supporting our staff and supporting our students in their learning. While we are not where we want to be, Harnett County Schools continues to move forward and make progress. I believe if we concentrate on growth, proficiency will come. Our district is dedicated to our schools and continuing to inspire learners to be leaders.

Dr. Aaron L Fleming
Harnett County Schools

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