2011-12 Data Sources & Information Guide
Report Cards are provided for all public, charter, and alternative schools
operating during the 2011-12 school year. However, Report Cards for charter
and alternative schools will vary slightly. Because charter schools are not
part of a school district, only state comparisons are provided on their Report
Cards. Additionally, quality teacher data are limited for charter schools
due to the flexibility allowed in their operations. Federal schools,
state-operated schools, and other special schools do not receive Report
Cards due to differences in the way data are reported for these schools.
In most instances, data in the Report Cards are reported at the school,
district, and state levels. School data are based on information from all
grades within the school. However, for several indicators, including School
Size; School Performance; School Safety; Attendance; and all information in
the Quality Teachers’ section, data from all schools in the same grade-range
category are averaged to produce district and state comparison results.
Based on their grade range, all schools have been assigned to one of six
categories - elementary; middle; high; combined elementary, middle and high;
combined elementary and middle; or combined middle and high. A detailed
listing of the grade ranges included in each category is available from the
NC Department of Public Instruction.