Congratulations to Discovery and Newton-Conover High Schools! Both schools received notice this week that they have attained fully accredited status by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. According to the DPI website, “North Carolina General Statue §115C-12(39) directs the State Board of Education to adopt rigorous academic standards for accreditation after considering regional and national accreditation standards, curriculum standards, and other information it deems appropriate. North Carolina State Board of Education Policy GCS-B-000 describes the High School Accreditation Framework as the process whereby public schools undergo a quality assurance process that includes outside review of school performance indicators.”
In order to receive the fully accredited status, a school must have earned a minimum performance grade of “C” on the North Carolina School Report Card indicating that the school is at or above the state average in percentage of graduates passing Math III, at or above state percent proficient in ACT overall proficiency, at or above the state percent proficient on WorkKeys assessments, at or above the stat four-year cohort graduation rate, and at or below the state dropout rate. Camden High School in Camden, NC is the only other high school in North Carolina to attain fully accredited status through NC DPI.