Thursday , 18 January 2018
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Academic Achievement Levels Expand on State Assessments

eocThe State Board of Education approved a change in March to the way that the state test scores will be provided to students and their parents with a move from four achievement levels to five.  This move will provide greater precision in reporting performance.  The new achievement level 3 will be considered “passing” although the student may not be demonstrating learning that is on track to be career- and college-ready.  Some students, who under the previous model were at a high level 2, could move up to level 3.  Students and level 1 and level 2 would be considered below grade level and also off-track in terms of career- and college-readiness.   Level 1 and level 2 students would be identified as those most at need of intervention.  Any third grader below level 4 in reading would be eligible to attend summer reading camp with parent approval.  This change will be in place for the tests students take at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Achievement Level 1:  Limited Command

Achievement Level 2:  Partial Command

Achievement Level 3:  Sufficient Command

Achievement Level 4:  Solid Command (Career- and College-Ready)

Achievement Level 5:  Superior Command (Career- and College-Ready)

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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