BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County test scores reveal math and overall student learning growth are two major areas of concern.
North Carolina test scores were released Thursday morning for the 2013-2014 school year.
"Our results were mixed this year," Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Ed Pruden said.
Pruden said the math results were troubling.
Overall, less than half of Brunswick County students are grade level proficient in math compared to more than 50 percent statewide.
Reading results only slightly improved, but the county's science scores were a bright spot. Fifth and eighth graders saw a 10 point improvement in science scores.
In Biology, more than 55 percent of Brunswick County students were grade level proficient. That's more than state average which is just above 50 percent.
Pruden said the new addition of a science specialist helped get the scores up.
Ten of Brunswick County's 19 schools failed to achieve their growth target. Growth indicates whether a student received a year's worth of education.
"Well, that's disappointing," Pruden explained. "We did have two more schools exceed growth, which is a very fine achievement. But we really feel like every school and every teacher should show a year's worth of growth for a year's worth of time in school and we really need to drill down into the data at the ten schools that did not meet growth and find out where the weak spots are."
Shallotte Middle School, West Brunswick High School, Lincoln Elementary, Union Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle all exceeded growth.
Pruden said common core will continue to help students' learning and the district is looking for other ways to improve scores.
"We don't have all of the data from the state," Pruden said. "It will be coming into us within the next month or so, and we will be able to examine each classroom's performance, each student's performance, and find out exactly which of the standards they're struggling with. Then we will put our leadership team, our principals and instructional coaches to work at bolstering our areas of weakness."
Graduation rates for Brunswick County were also released Thursday. The numbers show the graduation rate took a slight dip from last year.
For a full look at state scores for every school in our area, click here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/