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"Turnaround" schools recognized for high student performance

October 21, 2011 - Two NCNSP-affiliated schools were among the 14 North Carolina high schools recognized Tuesday during a luncheon ceremony for having at least 80 percent of students' end-of-course test scores at or above proficient. The Middle College at Bennett and the Middle College at NC A&T State University -- both in Guilford County -- were recognized for having 90 percent and 83.7 percent of students (respectively) performing at or above proficient on NC's end-of-course tests. Five years ago these schools were listed among the state's 66 lowest-performing high schools.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said the success of these schools is significant and linked directly to a team approach. "Turnaround schools have benefited from the dedication of state consultants, school leaders, faculty and staff, and parents working together as a team. Investing resources, expertise and hard work does result in increased student performance," Atkinson said.

For more on the improvements at these 14 schools, visit NCDPI.

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