Since students are graded on an A-F scale, why not grade the schools the same way? Well, for the first time in state history, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has done just that, issuing a letter grade for each public school, including charter schools, in the state.
The state's new School Performance Grade is a letter grade ranging from A-F, and is based on two factors: Student growth, which accounts for 20 percent of the grade, and student achievement, which makes up the remaining 80 percent.
The majority of the state's schools didn't fare so well for the 2013-14 school year, with more than half of all schools in the state earning a C or worse. Only 132 schools across the state earned an A, 582 scored a B, 1003 earned a C, 561 scored a D, and 146 schools were given an F.