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Facilities for agribusinesses are being built on the campus of Anson New Tech High School in Wadesboro, N.C., about 55 miles east of Charlotte. Henry County school officials plan to open a New Tech school in Magna Vista High School next fall. (Bulletin photo by Paul Collins)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

(Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series of stories on Anson New Tech High School in North Carolina. It is a demonstration school for the type of program Henry County Schools expect to implement in the fall at Magna Vista High School.)

Graduation rates, certain test scores, attendance, school safety and short-term and long-term suspension rates are some of the things that set Anson New Tech High School apart.

Henry County school officials recently toured Anson New Tech in Wadesboro, N.C., about 55 miles east of Charlotte. In the fall, the Henry County School Division plans to open a New Tech school-within-a-school in what has been the media center at Magna Vista High School.

Anson New Tech’s first graduating class (in 2011) had a 100 percent graduation rate for that year. That means that 100 percent of the seniors who started the 2010-11 year graduated that year. Also, 100 percent of the Anson New Tech Class of 2011 was accepted into a two-year technical school, two-year community college, four-year university or the armed forces. All that is according to the school’s website.

According to North Carolina school report cards, Anson New Tech’s cohort graduation rate (the percentage of students who graduated with a regular diploma in four years or less) was greater than 95 percent for the 2010-11 school year, compared with 75.9 percent for the district and 77.9 percent for the state. In 2011-12, that rate was 93.8 percent for Anson New Tech compared with 73.8 percent for the district and 80.4 percent for the state.

Consider these and other achievements at Anson New Tech in context of the Anson County school district.

The district was in “district improvement status” for several years (before and after Anson New Tech opened in 2007-08) for failing to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to North Carolina school report cards. “Improvement status” means measures must be taken to improve performance.

In 2006-07, the year before Anson New Tech opened, the district was in improvement status, four of the district’s 10 schools were in improvement status, and only three of the schools in the district made AYP that year.

Anson New Tech made AYP three of the first four years it was open (not in 2010-11), and it was not in school improvement status any of those years. In 2007-08, the year Anson New Tech opened with ninth grade, the school was ranked a school of distinction (80 to 90 percent of students at grade level). A third of the schools in the district were rated “school of distinction,” a third of the schools in the district were rated “no recognition” (60 to 100 percent of the students were at grade level), and a third of the schools in the district were rated “low performing” (less than 50 percent of students at grade level).

In 2008-09, Anson New Tech was rated “school of progress” (60 to 80 percent of students at grade level). In 2009-10 with grades 9-11, Anson New Tech received a no recognition rating (60 to 100 percent of the students were at grade level), and in 2010-11 with grades 9-12, Anson New Tech received that same rating. In both 2009-10 and 2010-11, two-thirds of the schools in the district were rated “no recognition” and one-third as low performing (less than 50 percent of students at grade level).

In 2011-12, the U.S. Department of Education granted North Carolina’s waiver request from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. Beginning in 2011-12, AYP was not reported for schools, but the number of Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for each school and the number and percent of AMOs met for each school were reported. In 2011-12, Anson New Tech met two-thirds of its AMOs and the school received a no recognition rating (60 to 100 percent of students at grade level). Two-thirds of the schools in the district were rated no recognition, and one-third of the schools were rated as school of progress (60 to 80 percent of students at grade level).

Each year from 2007-08 through 2011-12, the percentage of students at Anson New Tech receiving passing scores on the state ABCs end-of-course tests well exceeded the percentage for the Anson County school district and exceeded the state percentage in two of the five years, according to N.C. school report cards. For example, 83.1 percent of all students at Anson New Tech received passing scores on state end-of-course tests in 2007-08, compared with 46.7 percent for the district and 68.4 percent for the state; and in 2011-12, 69.9 percent of students at Anson New Tech passed state end-of-course tests, compared with 50.7 percent for the district and 81.4 percent for the state.

The percentage of Anson New Tech students at or above grade level on state end-of-course tests was well above the district percentage in English I each year from 2007-08 through 2011-12; well above the division percentage for biology for the three years of four years for which data are available (less than the district one year); well above the district percentage for physical science for both years for which data are available; and exceeded the district percentage for Algebra 1 for four of the five years, according to N.C. school report cards.

However, on the Algebra II state end-of-course test, the percentage of Anson New Tech students at or above grade level trailed the district and state percentages two of the three years for which data are available and exceeded the district and state percentages one year.

On the geometry state end-of-course test, the percentage of Anson New Tech students exceeded the district and state percentages in 2007-08 but trailed the district and state percentages in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Anson New Tech was safer than both the district and state school averages each year from 2007-8 through 2011-12. The number of acts of crime or violence reported per 100 students was zero at Anson New Tech each of those years, according to state report cards.

Anson New Tech also had better rates for attendance and short-term and long-term suspensions for each of those five years than either the district or state. Anson New Tech’s attendance rate was 96 percent two years, 97 percent one year and 98 percent two years,

According to information on the New Tech Network website, in 2009-10 Anson New Tech exceeded the district and comparable schools on state achievement results for literacy and math, and Anson New Tech exceeded SAT results for the district but trailed the state that year. In 2010-11, Anson New Tech exceeded comparable schools for literacy, math and science on state achievement results (no information was given about the district). Also in 2010-11, Anson New Tech exceeded SAT results for the district (no information was given for the state), according to the NTN website.

(NEXT: Henry County officials react to what they learn at Anson New Tech.)

 

 
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