For the third consecutive year, Neuse Charter School students academically outperformed both the local school district as well as the state. At the October 24th, 2023 Board of Directors meeting, Superintendent Dr. Melissa Blackwell presented the comprehensive report detailing the 2022-2023 grade level proficiency, student growth, and other accountability indicators specific to all K-12 schools in North Carolina.
Neuse Charter’s grade level proficiency for the 2022-2023 school year was 62 which is 11 points higher than the state and 7 points higher than the local school district. Neuse added 5 points to its School Performance Score (SPS), raising it from 62 in 2021-2022 to 67 in 2022-2023. Only nine K-12 charter schools in the state raised their SPS more than Neuse Charter. The SPS for K-12 schools is based on many indicators which include EOG growth and proficiency, EOC growth and proficiency, graduation rates, ACT/Workkeys performance, English Language Learner progress, etc. “I need to make it very clear that our school performance score, which is a 67, is not based on just EOGs or EOCs. It is based on all of these indicators” stated Dr. Blackwell.
In addition to continuing to make strides academically, Neuse Charter School also met or exceeded growth as projected by the North Carolina Department of Instruction’s SAS EVAAS data in all 8 subgroups for the entire school population. Students also met expected growth on the end-of-grade Math and Reading assessments for the 2022-2023 academic year.
When asked what was proving to be most helpful in the school’s positive momentum toward academic excellence, Dr. Blackwell acknowledged the relentless efforts of the entire staff at Neuse Charter, stating, “We are only stronger if we work together.”
Dr. Swartzlander, Director of Special Programming, said “Neuse Charter School continues on a trajectory of success and these scores are just the latest evidence that shows we are moving in the right direction, and we will continue to do so. Neuse Charter School’s success is attributed to the hard work of our students as well as to a staff who are not only dedicated but are also committed to ensuring the highest quality education to the students of Johnston and the surrounding counties.”
Neuse Charter School's Enrollment Lottery is currently accepting applications for the 2024-25 academic year. All applications received at this time will be placed in the lottery that will be held virtually on January 18 at 6:00 p.m. via the Neuse Charter School Facebook business page.
Neuse Charter School
909 M. Durwood Stephenson Pkwy.
Smithfield, NC 27577
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