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North Carolina public school students performing better on standardized tests but still below pre-COVID levels

North Carolina public school students performed better on standardized tests this past spring compared to the year before, according to data reviewed Wednesday by the State Board of Education. But the pupils remain below proficiency rates recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scores show that 53.6% of students were proficient on state exams during the 2022-23 school year, compared to 51.2% in 2021-22 and 45.4% in 2020-21, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

Fewer schools also got labeled as low-performing or received poor performance grades compared to the year before.

A DPI report released in April showed students making academic gains in nearly every subject during the 2021-22 school year. And last month DPI presented data showing more K-3 students are on track on reading than a year ago. Truitt has given a lot of credit to new reading training instruction for the gains.

In another calculation announced Wednesday, 804 schools — or 32% statewide — were identified as low-performing, compared to 34%, or 864 schools, during the prior year.

The four-year high school graduation rate during the past year was 86.4%, which is essentially unchanged from recent previous years.

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