There were no low-performing schools during the 2001-2002 school year, according to the ABC's report. Low-Performing Schools are those that fail to meet their expected growth standard and have significantly less than 50 percent of their students performing at or above grade level.
Tanglewood Elementary in Lumberton was the only local school to earn school of distinction honors. Fairmont High School, which increased its test scores by 22 percent since last year, is among the 10 most improved high schools in the state.
Tanglewood had 88.4 percent of its students to score at or above grade level on the end-of-grade tests. To be a school of distinction, a school must have made expected growth and have at least 80 percent of its students' scores at or above grade level. The ABC's report measures the state's public schools' growth and performance based on their math and writing scores on the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.
Fairmont High, with 62.9 percent of its students scoring at or above grade level, had the highest test scores among the county's six high schools.
The percentage of Fairmont High School students scoring at or above grade level compared with 40.6 percent last year. Fairmont High also attained its high-growth standard and was one of eight local schools named a school of progress.
The others are East Robeson Primary; Deep Branch, Rosenwald, Green Grove, Magnolia and Parkton elementary schools and Orrum Middle School.
A school of progress is a school that made expected growth and had at least 60 percent of its students' scores at or above grade level.
Three schools attained high growth: East Robeson Primary and Green Grove and Rosenwald elementary schools.
Schools that met their expected growth were Deep Branch, Janie Hargrove, Magnolia, Parkton, and Tanglewood elementary schools; Orrum Middle School; Red Springs, St. Pauls, Lumberton and South Robeson high schools; and Communities in Schools Academy.
Between 50 and 60 percent of the students scored at or above grade level at 10 local schools. The schools are classified as priority schools. They are: Lumberton, Purnell Swett, Red Springs, South Robeson and St. Pauls high schools; Oxendine, R. B. Dean and Rex-Rennert elementary schools, Townsend Middle, and Community in Schools Academy.
St. Pauls, Red Springs, and South Robeson high schools were classified as low-performing schools during the 2000-2001 school year.
Twenty of the county's 41 schools didn't receive any recognition. Those schools did not make their expected growth standards, but they have at least 60 percent of their students scoring at or above grade level.