Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy NC REPORT CARD SCORE

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy
PO Box 14331300
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
24 March 2015
Dear PBLA Parent/Guardian,

One of the benefits North Carolina public schools offer parents is transparency. Public school accountability is a standard practice for North Carolina going back to the early 1990s, and the North Carolina School Report Cards provide parents with information on such key issues as student performance, teacher experience, and school safety. Data are provided at the school, district, and state levels to enable parents to compare the performance of their student’s schools with others across the district and state.

Legislation (G.S 115C-83.15) passed during the 2013 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly provides an additional measure of school performance in the form of School Performance Grades. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the annual North Carolina School Report Cards display a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F for each school in the state.

The School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on our school’s achievement score (student proficiency) and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. At Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, our achievement score is based on how well our students’ performed on Grades 6-8 Mathematics, Grades 6-8 English Language Arts/Reading, Grade 8 Science, Math I, English II, and Biology End-of-Course Tests.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy received a School Performance Grade of F for the 2013-14 school year. Although we are committed to improving this score, it is important to remember that just as no one single score or grade tells the whole story of a student, neither does it tell you everything about the performance of a school or the opportunities that our school provides. Please keep in mind many of our students arrived performing below grade level. It is important to note that 59% of our students showed growth. We are in no way satisfied with our scores. We are committed to be the number one charter school in North Carolina and the number one school in Bladen County. The report card unfortunately does not measure work ethic, character, leadership, or discipline. All areas that no test can measure but you see every day with your child. Forty percent of our cadets in the eleventh grade are currently enrolled at Bladen Community College earning dual credit while working towards earning their associates degree. Next school year we plan to exceed that number with this year’s sophomore class. We will send a male and female cadet to represent PBLA at Boys and Girls State this summer. We will send one cadet to the North Carolina State Troopers Academy this summer. Many more positive things like this are happening at PBLA. Things unfortunately the test does not measure.

One of our top priorities for 2014-15 is to improve our School Performance Grade. There are a number of key programs we have in place to help improve student performance. These include:

1. Morning remediation. On days the cadets cannot go outside for drill due to weather extra study time has been created. Cadets are going to teachers to receive remediation in certain subject areas. Cadets that are not going to a designated class are using the extra time to study.

2. Middle School cadets have been placed in math twice a day. While reluctant at first many of the cadets have admitted that the extra time has really helped them to grasp the concepts.

3. In the afternoon cadets can attend help class to receive extra help. Help class is from 1505 to 1535. This gives the cadet one more chance before the end of the day to receive help.

4. Saturday Academy will be held for cadets who have received below an “F” in their classes.

5. High school cadets taking Biology are going to an extra class session during drill period.

As you can see we are not going to hope that the scores change we are going to change the scores with hard work on the faculty and the cadet’s part. What can you do to help us? Set aside time every night free of television, phone and social media for your cadet to study and do homework. Even if they have competed their work have them read for you. Many of our cadets are technology driven. They have learned to skim over something while reading. Make them read it and explain to you what they have read. This is a team effort. With your help we are confident that our scores will increase. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at (910) 862-2965.

Carl T. Lloyd
LTC, NC
Commandant of Cadets
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy