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School System Continues to Make Growth in Student Achievement

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 11 DECEMBER 2017- The North Carolina State Board of Education selected the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) as the statewide model for measuring student growth (for example, the End of Course and End of Grade assessments), beginning in the 2011-12 school year.  Along with other sources of data, EVAAS plays a valuable role in the success of North Carolina's schools and students.

Our school system has made a focused effort to make positive increases in student and teacher performance. Under the EVAAS model, expectations are made each year for projected growth for students and teachers. For school systems across the state, school performance report cards have been released for the 2016-17 school year.

District leaders have worked tirelessly to provide the best and safest learning environment for our students and staff, and they will continue to build on the foundation that has been laid to support all students in the school district.  “I am extremely proud of the hard work of the students, teachers, staff, and families at Orange High School,” offered Mr. Eric Yarbrough, Principal of Orange High School.  “While we are all excited about the growth we understand that we must be committed to a model of continuous improvement,” added Mr. Yarbrough.  Orange High School, along with Hillsborough Elementary School, has exceeded growth expectations for the first time since the 2011-12 school year.

Nearly all schools across the district either met or exceeded growth expectations as set by the state. In sum, 91% of the schools in the district met or exceeded EVAAS growth expectations.  Additionally, the number of teachers in the district that have exceeded growth expectations has increased over a three year period, and the percentage of teachers that have not met growth has decreased over that same period. The chart below highlights teacher growth as determined by the state.

OCS Teacher Performance Percentages

School Year




Exceeds Growth




Expected Growth




Not Met





For more information on school performance, please visit for a complete listing of Orange County Schools.


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