N.C. School Report Cards and Student Achievement, 2021-2022
Every year, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction issues a report card for each public school and public school district in the state. The report card provides information about student performance, academic achievement, teacher qualifications, school environment, and other topics.
The State Report Card for Gaston County Schools offers a summary about the school district for the 2021-2022 academic year. You may use the search feature below to find the individual state report card for each school in the district.
You may visit the N.C. School Report Cards website for additional information. If you have a question about the state report card for an individual school, please contact the principal.
Report Cards by School
|School||N.C. School Report Card|
|Ashbrook High||NC School Report Card|
|H.H. Beam Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|W.B. Beam Intermediate||NC School Report Card|
|Belmont Central Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Belmont Middle||NC School Report Card|
|W.A. Bess Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Bessemer City Central Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Bessemer City Middle||NC School Report Card|
|Bessemer City High||NC School Report Card|
|Bessemer City Primary||NC School Report Card|
|Brookside Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Carr Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Catawba Heights Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Chapel Grove Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Chavis Middle||NC School Report Card|
|Cherryville Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Cherryville High||NC School Report Card|
|Costner Elementary||NC School Report Card|
|Stuart W. Cramer High||NC School Report Card|
|Cramerton Middle||NC School Report Card|
News Release: Test results indicate a rebound in students’ academic performance
Test results for the 2021-2022 academic year indicate that students in Gaston County and across North Carolina are gaining ground on learning loss that happened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information released by the North Carolina State Board of Education and N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
Charts: Student Proficiency, Academic Growth, Graduation Rate, School Performance Grades
The charts provide information about student proficiency, academic growth, the graduation rate, and school performance grades. The charts include proficiency information for 2018-2019 (pre-pandemic) to illustrate the influence of the pandemic on academic achievement. Because of pandemic-related factors, it is not possible to have an apples-to-apples comparison of proficiency rates for 2018-2019 and 2021-2022.
Letter from Superintendent Booker
Here is a letter from Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker, Ed.D., about the N.C. School Report Cards for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The 2021-2022 academic year is the first time that the state applied all components of its accountability and testing program for schools, including the assessment of academic growth and the assignment of A-F school performance grades, since the pandemic hit. The last year that school districts had a full report of accountability and testing data was 2018-2019. While the state acknowledged the detrimental effects of the pandemic on student learning and achievement, the state did not change its testing and accountability model to account for the pandemic.
The school performance grade should not be interpreted as a comprehensive evaluation that determines the quality of a school. Only select criteria are used to determine a school’s performance letter grade; the determination is based on just two factors: student achievement and test scores (counts 80 percent) and student academic growth (counts 20 percent). School size, diverse student population, socioeconomics, teacher experience, student learning obstacles, special programs, parental and community involvement, and other factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have an effect on a school’s performance, but are not considered in the grade.
Academic growth indicates whether students achieve a year’s worth of academic progress for a year’s worth of instruction. Growth is reported in one of three ways: Exceeded Growth, Met Growth, or Did Not Meet Growth.
For the 2021-2022 school year, Gaston County had 71 percent of its schools (36 of 51) to meet or exceed overall academic growth expectations.
▪ At the elementary school level, W.A. Bess, Brookside, Lowell, North Belmont, and Pinewood exceeded overall academic growth expectations. For middle schools, Cramerton and Southwest exceeded overall expectations. East Gaston, Forestview, Gaston Early College, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, Highland, and South Point exceeded overall expectations among high schools.
▪ In reading, 26 elementary schools and all 11 middle schools met or exceeded academic growth expectations (95 percent of elementary and middle schools excelled in reading growth). In math, 23 elementary and middle schools met or exceeded expectations.
School Performance Grades
For the 2021-2022 school year, Gaston County had half of its schools (25 of 51) to earn an A, B, or C grade – three schools received an A grade, nine schools received a B grade, and 13 schools received a C grade.
The state did not assign grades for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years because of the pandemic. When compared to 2018-2019, Gaston County, like most other school districts, had more schools in 2021-2022 to receive a lower grade.
Twelve schools are within three or fewer points of achieving the next grade level: Beam Intermediate, Brookside, Cherryville High, Costner, New Hope, North Belmont, North Gaston, Pinewood, Robinson, Sherwood, South Point, and Woodhill.
South Point High School is only three points from having an A school performance grade, a status that is difficult to achieve.
The school performance grade should not be interpreted as a comprehensive evaluation that determines the quality of a school since only select criteria are used to determine the grade.
The Gaston County graduation rate for the Class of 2022 is 85.2 percent.
Five schools have a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher: Gaston Early College (100 percent), Highland (100 percent), Forestview (92.9 percent), South Point (90.9 percent), and Ashbrook (90.0 percent). Forestview had the most significant increase (+3.7) when compared to last year.
Called the four-year cohort graduation rate, it reflects the percentage of students who entered the ninth grade in 2018-2019 and graduated four years later in June 2022. The four-year graduation rate is not the same as the dropout rate, which indicates the number of students who drop out of high school in a given year.
It is important to note that Gaston’s current graduation rate of 85.2 percent is higher than the rate of 84.9 percent in 2018-2019, which was the last “normal” school year before the pandemic.
When the state first calculated the four-year cohort graduation rate in 2005-2006, Gaston County’s rate was a mere 68.1 percent.
Students in Gaston County and across North Carolina improved their performance on end-of-grade and end-of-course state tests. Students in grades 3-8 are tested in reading and math, and a science test is given in the fifth and eighth grades. High school students take state tests in four subject areas: Math I, Math III, Biology, and English II. Proficiency is based on the number of students scoring a Level III, IV, or V on the state tests.
- Gaston’s overall proficiency rate for 2021-2022 is 48.4 percent, which is 4.3 points higher than last year’s rate of 44.1. The state rate is 51.4 percent.
- The percentage of students scoring at or above grade level (achieving proficiency) in math and reading increased across all tested grade levels (grades 3-8) when compared to last year. The percentage for science (tested only in grades 5 and 8) increased as well.
- The most significant gains in reading are for fourth grade (+6.5), seventh grade (+5.7), and fifth grade (+5.1). The most significant gains in math are for third grade (+9.8), fourth grade (+6.8), and fifth grade (+5.5). The most significant gains in science are for fifth grade (+7.9).
- At the high school level, the percentage of students scoring at or above grade level (achieving proficiency) increased in Math I (+8.0), Biology (+4.8), and Math III (+3.1) when compared to last year. Math III proficiency in 2021-2022 exceeds the pre-pandemic proficiency rate in 2018-2019. The proficiency rate for English II dipped only one-tenth of a point when compared to last year.
- The elementary schools with the highest student proficiency are Hawks Nest, Belmont Central, Cherryville, New Hope, W.A. Bess, and North Belmont. Cherryville (+21.4) leads the elementary schools with the most significant increase in student proficiency when compared to last year. Other elementary schools with a significant increase are Catawba Heights (+11.4), North Belmont (+10.3), Tryon (+9.3), McAdenville (+8.7), Sherwood (+8.2), Belmont Central (+8.1), and Woodhill (+8.0). North Belmont is the only elementary school to exceed its pre-pandemic (2018-2019) proficiency rate.
- The middle schools with the highest student proficiency are Cramerton, Belmont, Stanley, and Mount Holly. The middle schools with the most significant increase when compared to last year are York Chester (+7.2), Mount Holly (+5.0), and Stanley (+4.3).
- The high schools with the highest student proficiency are Highland, Gaston Early College, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, and South Point. The high schools with the most significant increase when compared to last year are Forestview (+8.7), South Point (+7.4), and East Gaston (+5.4). Bessemer City is the only high school to exceed its pre-pandemic (2018-2019) proficiency rate.