The state of North Carolina released test score data Thursday as part of its READY initiative to create a "common core" curriculum for all students. Overall, the state gets a failing grade. Only 44.7 percent of students statewide were considered "proficient."
In Guilford County, 43.2 percent of students showed proficiency on the exams. In Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, 42.7 percent showed proficiency. In Alamance Burlington County Schools, 39.9 percent showed proficiency.
Read: Guilford County Schools Test Results
Read: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Test Results
Read: Alamance Burlington Schools Test Results
However, a statement from the Department of Public Instruction says more than 71 percent of N.C. public schools have met or exceeded expectations for academic growth in the 2012-2013 school year.
Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green said, "When you're in that year of transition, there are some things that you know and some things that you don't know. Now, we know a lot more. Our educators know a lot more. Our students know a lot more. Now, our parents will know a lot more."
Other states that have switched to these new standards, like New York and Kentucky, have also seen similar low scores.
Green is using a sports analogy to help people make sense of all this. When you're in the minor leagues of baseball, you're held to one standard. However, once you're in the majors, the game changes. The stakes are higher. The competition is tougher. The game is much more challenging.
Three Guilford County Schools scored 90 percent proficiency or greater on the test: Early College at Guilford, Stem Early College at A&T and Brown Summit Middle School. Only nine schools in the entire state achieved that distinction.
According to DPI's website, "The READY Accountability Model will ensure a more accurate picture of how well students are learning, and where we must make improvements."
Statewide results are available on the Department of Public Instruction's website.