Each year, the Department of Public Instruction assigns every public school in North Carolina a "report card", a tool intended to help families and stakeholders understand how the school is growing and succeeding as well as areas of need. The School Report Card grade ranges from A to F based on a composite score made of of proficiency on standardized testing and student growth from year to year as measured by those same tests. Proficiency makes up 80% of the overall composite score and growth comprises 20%. Like all data, the School Report Card offers one part of a larger picture about a school.
Scores for the previous four years :
2022-23 53 (D)
2021-22 57 (C)
2020-21 No Score
2019-20 No Score
2018-19 67 (C)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently reported a national decline of 4 points in reading and a 9 points in math for 13 year olds in 2022-23 compared to 2019-20. Further, it cited that this was some 7 and 14 points respectively lower than a decade earlier. The NCES supplemented its assessment results with a survey about some of the habits that impact student growth, including how often students read for fun, what kind of math courses they took, and their attendance habits. This decline is consistent with North Carolina trends in reading and math in 22- 23 for which performances were some 30% lower than the norm year and about which the NC Department of Public Instruction noted, "...schools [continue] to deal with student learning loss" and "...data should be reviewed in these contexts and comparisons...made with caution." Pioneer Springs' performance data for 2022-23 included a composite score of 53 which designated the school as low-performing/ did not meet growth, a label shared by 42% of CMS schools and 62 other charter schools state-wide. In general, reading scores in grades 3-8 were higher than math performances and science in grades 5 and 8 were notably strong with 88% of 8th graders at or above proficiency standards. Other highlights include English II students, of whom 86% were proficient on EOC testing, as well as Career Technical Education students who scored at 100% proficiency.
Read to Achieve: In accordance with General Statute 115C-218.85, following are the results of the 3rd grade Read to Achieve mandate for the 2021-22 school year: 43% of tested students were proficient as measured by EOG performance. 43% of students met the requirement through iReady alternate testing. 10.6 % were granted Good Cause Exemptions. 4% of students qualified for priority enrollment in summer reading camp.