Each year, schools in North Carolina may receive several designations based on their performance on the state's ABCs tests. These designations are awarded on the basis of the percentage of students performing at grade level and on whether the school attained the ABCs growth standards. The designations are defined as follows:

Please note: K-2 schools can make expected growth, high growth, or receive no recognition. K-2 schools cannot receive recognition as a Most Improved School, Honor School of Excellence, School of Excellence, School of Distinction, School of Progress, Priority School, or be identified as a low-performing school.

Special Schools, including Vocational and Career Centers, Special Education Schools, and Hospital Schools, cannot be recognized as a Most Improved School, Honor School of Excellence, School of Excellence, School of Distinction, School of Progress, Priority School, or be identified as a low-performing school.

For more information about these designations, see the Data Sources & Information Guide.

ABCs Growth & Performance Designations-Additional Information

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