At Moravian Falls Elementary

An evaluation by U.S. News & World Report resulted in Moravian Falls Elementary School being ranked the top elementary school in Wilkes County and 193rd best in the state.

Moravian Falls Elementary School placed as the top elementary school in Wilkes County in an evaluation by US News & World Report, announced Wilkes school officials.

US News & World Report also announced that Moravian Falls Elementary placed 193rd out of 1,435 elementary schools statewide included in the ranking. There is no national ranking.

According to a report from the magazine with results of the evaluation, released last month, Moravian Falls Elementary School has 261 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The report said 57% of the students scored at or above the proficient level for math and 52% scored at or above that level for reading on standardized testing on standardized tests in 2018-19

The school’s minority student enrollment is 59%. The student-teacher ratio is 15:1, which is better than that of the district. The student population is made up of 52% female students and 48% male students. The school enrolls 99% economically disadvantaged students. There are 17 equivalent full-time teachers and 0 full-time school counselors.

U.S. News & World Report said its inaugural rankings of public elementary schools and middle schools use the same methodology for all included grade levels. For each state, schools were assessed on their shares of students who were proficient or above proficient in their mathematics and reading/language arts” state standardized tests in 2018-19, according to a press release from the magazine.

“Half the formula was the results themselves; the other half was the results in the context of socioeconomic demographics. In other words, the top-ranked schools are all high achieving and have succeeded at educating all their students.”

U.S. News & World Report summed each schools’ standardized test scores on the four ranking indicators. From these, a single zero to 100 overall score was computed for each school, depicting how well each school ranked within their state on a%ile basis. For example, a school with a score of 55.00 performed in the 55th%ile among all schools in its ranking, meaning 45% of the schools performed better and 55% of the schools didn’t perform as well as that school.

Ranks were assigned in descending order of overall scores. Schools placing in the top 30% (scores of at least 70.00) were flagged as high achieving in our display. Schools below the 25th%ile have their scores concealed and display the entire bottom quartile’s ranking range.

Moravian Falls Elementary scored 86.61 out of 100 in the evaluation.

Results and rankings of all public elementary and middle schools in Wilkes County in the evaluation are at www.usnews.com/education/k12/search?state=NC&district-id=112539&grade=1.

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