Dr. Scott Smith, Assistant Superintendent
The federal Title I program provides funds to public schools with at least a 35 percent enrollment of children from low-income families. The program is intended to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. Staff development and parent involvement are also key components of the Title I program. About half of North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools and all of the state’s 115 school districts receive Title I funding. The program is regulated by the federal government’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, which mandates that Title I schools meet state targets for annual progress. For more than a decade, both Park View Elementary School and South Elementary School operated highly successful Title I programs providing targeted assistance to K-3 students, with a focus on early intervention to improve reading skills. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Park View and South Elementary Schools both transitioned to operating school wide Title I programs that offer greater flexibility in expanding services to all enrolled students. The K-3 Title I program continues to focus on literacy as the key to success in later grades.
Title I services at Mooresville Intermediate School (MIS) and East Mooresville Intermediate School (EMIS) continue to provide literacy instruction and remediation tutoring to students at risk of failing to meet the North Carolina’s end of grade performance standards. Beginning in 2015-2016 both MIS and EMIS transitioned from operating targeted assistance programs to becoming school wide programs.
The district is extremely proud of the exceptional performance of all of its schools. For 2015-2016, MGSD was ranked in the top five in the state for the sixth straight year. Coming in at the number three spot, MGSD’s overall proficiency stayed steady at 70 percent, 12 points higher than the state average for the 2015 - 2016 school year. All End-of-Grade (EOG) math scores ranked 4th in the state, fifth grade science ranked 9th in the state, and all sixth grade EOG combined scores put them at 2nd in the state. MGSD third grade students tied for second in the state based on North Carolina End-of-Grade state tests. In addition, MGSD third grade students had the 6th highest reading scores the state for North Carolina’s Read to Achieve literacy initiative, an achievement that clearly demonstrates the value of early reading intervention.
To view performance of MGSD schools on the state’s ABCs of Public Education, please click this link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/.