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The 2015-16 North Carolina School Report Card for Carolina International School, a North Carolina Public Charter School located in Cabarrus County, is now available for public viewing. The Report Card is based on the performance results and data from the 2015-2016 school year. The North Carolina School Report Card is an important part of the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instructions’ efforts to raise learning standards for all students. Knowledge gained from the report card on a school's strengths and weaknesses can be used to improve instruction and services to students.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, community member or business owner, I hope you will take the time to look at our school report card closely. You will find information regarding student performance, performance on end-of-grade and end-of-course testing, school discipline, funds spent per student, student demographics, teacher qualifications, school and class size, principal qualifications, and much more.
State assessments are designed to help insure that all students reach high learning standards. They show whether students are getting the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and beyond.
North Carolina releases performance grades for all public schools across the state. The measures, called School Performance Grades, are required by the legislature and give every school a letter grade from A to F. As noted above, the most recent set of grades is for the 2015-2016 school year and are based entirely on standardized test scores.
Carolina International School earned an overall grade of C for the 2015-16 school year. The data gained both from this report and from the standardized testing we are engaged in again this coming December and May is and will be used to continue our efforts to ensure that all students at our school are successful and grow to their fullest academic potential.
We also fully recognize that, though standardized testing results are important, they present at best only a partial picture of student progress and achievement. Indeed, best educational practice is to differentiate curriculum, instruction, and assessment according to student learning styles, ability/readiness levels, and personal interests. In other words, relative to assessment, students should be provided with multiple and varied means to demonstrate mastery, and standardized tests simply don't provide such but rather take a one size fits all approach, an approach contrary to our school's philosophy of personalizing the learning experience for our students.
For your convenience, here are two links which will take you directly to our School's Snapshots for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years respectively:
• 2015-16 (English version): https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/snapshots/13A000_2016_K-12-Charter.pdf
2015-16 (Spanish version): https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/snapshots/13A000_2016_K-12-Charter-Spanish.pdf
Our school’s full Report Card as well as those of all other NC public schools can be found on the NC School Report Cards’ website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/. School Report Cards are provided for regular public schools, charter schools, and alternative schools that were open during the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years. This site also provides online resources which help explain the School Performance Grades.
Again, the numbers only tell part of the story. At our school we are proud of many things, including recent initiatives such as the addition of a 12th grade last year (we finally reached that goal!), a parallel addition of a High School athletics program (and an expanded Middle School one as well – e.g. swimming!), recognition as a North Carolina Green School of Quality, the presence of our 1st group of National Honors Society students, the addition of AP classes to our High School academic offerings, last year the re-introduction of the dedicated study of Spanish in the Elementary grades and this year the re-introduction of Mandarin Chinese in the MS/HS, being the recipient of an Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Award from our Regional Chamber of Commerce, being the recipient as well of a grant to install a solar array on our campus, and continued growth in enrollment numbers, to name but a few.
We continue to be energized by the good things we have happening at our school on a daily basis, and by the desire we have to continue to grow our school into achieving its full potential!
David R. Kukielski
Head of School