State outpaces Lee students in first-year Common Core scores

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Students in Lee County Schools lagged behind the rest of the state in almost every reading and math measure in the first year of Common Core testing, according to data released by the state Tuesday afternoon.

Third-grade reading scores were slightly above the state average, as were math scores for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. But in every other category, local elementary and middle students fell behind their statewide peers — and the state average still didn't surpass 50 percent passing at any level.

Local high school students scored even further behind the state average than younger students, especially in reading.

A reported 40.1 percent of high schoolers in Lee County passed the English II test, compared to 51.2 percent of students statewide. In Math I (previously algebra/integrated math), 30.8 percent of local students passed compared to 36.3 percent of all North Carolina students. In biology, 36.8 percent of local students passed compared to 45.6 percent of students statewide.

More information will be in Thursday's edition of The Herald.