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CHCCS SAT scores remain highest in NC

by Masha Halpern - Chapel Hill, NC

CHCCS SAT scores remain highest in NC

SAT scores remained unchanged overall in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools but continue to be the highest of any local education agency in North Carolina.

The CHCCS composite of reading and math is 1179. The CHCCS composite of reading, math and writing is 1751. The district average for reading was 581, down two points from last year's average of 583. The district average for math was 598, up two points from last year's average of 596. The district's average for writing is 572, down two points over last year.

Despite numbers that mirror those in last year's report, the district average still outpaces the state average. The CHCCS average is 1179, while the state average is 1006. The state and national trends for performance also were flat. In composite measures calculated both with and without writing results, East Chapel Hill High School was the highest ranking public non-charter high school in North Carolina. Carrboro High ranked third, and Chapel Hill High School ranked fourth.

This was the first time results were reported for Carrboro High School. The school's composite average was 1177 on math and reading and 1754 for reading, math and writing. CHS had an average of 576 in reading, 601 in math and 577 in writing.

Scores at Chapel Hill High School were down a total of 36 points. The school's composite average was 1159 on reading and math and 1718 on reading, math and writing. The reading average dropped from 587 to 570, and the math average dropped to 589 from 600. The writing average was 559, down 17 from last year.

Scores were up 18 points at East Chapel Hill High School. East's composite average was 1195 in reading and math and 1774 in reading, math and writing. The reading average increased to 592 from 590, and the math average rose to 603 from 594. The writing average was 579, up seven points from last year.

Participation in CHCCS was down to 83 percent but remained 20 percentage points above the state average of 63 percent.

A look a subgroup performance is mixed. African American participation was up, and the average performance of African American students increased 52 points to 951--the highest it has been since 2003. The state average for African American students is 855. African American writing was up 83 points. Asian and Latino averages dipped slightly to 1278 for Asians and 1051 for Latinos. Latino participation increased six points. The average score for white students was 1217, matching that group's highest performance in the last seven years.

ACT results also are available. The number of CHCCS students taking this test has doubled in the last five years, while the percentage of students meeting benchmarks in the four tested subject areas and average scores continue to increase. The CHCCS average in English was 25.2. The state average was 20.9. The CHCCS average in mathematics was 25.7. The state average was 22.0. The CHCCS average in reading was 25.9. The state average was 21.9. The CHCCS average in science was 24.4. The state average was 21.1. The district's composite average was 25.4. The state's composite average was 21.6.

Superintendent Neil Pedersen said, "Once again our students performed exceedingly well on the SAT. The results are a reflection of the importance that this community places on preparing students for higher education. "

A full report of the state's SAT performance is available at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/newsroom/news/2009-10/0825/sat-report-final.pdf.

SAT scores remained unchanged overall in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools but continue to be the highest of any local education agency in North Carolina.

The CHCCS composite of reading and math is 1179. The CHCCS composite of reading, math and writing is 1751. The district average for reading was 581, down two points from last year's average of 583. The district average for math was 598, up two points from last year's average of 596. The district's average for writing is 572, down two points over last year.

Despite numbers that mirror those in last year's report, the district average still outpaces the state average. The CHCCS average is 1179, while the state average is 1006. The state and national trends for performance also were flat. In composite measures calculated both with and without writing results, East Chapel Hill High School was the highest ranking public non-charter high school in North Carolina. Carrboro High ranked third, and Chapel Hill High School ranked fourth.

This was the first time results were reported for Carrboro High School. The school's composite average was 1177 on math and reading and 1754 for reading, math and writing. CHS had an average of 576 in reading, 601 in math and 577 in writing.

Scores at Chapel Hill High School were down a total of 36 points. The school's composite average was 1159 on reading and math and 1718 on reading, math and writing. The reading average dropped from 587 to 570, and the math average dropped to 589 from 600. The writing average was 559, down 17 from last year.

Scores were up 18 points at East Chapel Hill High School. East's composite average was 1195 in reading and math and 1774 in reading, math and writing. The reading average increased to 592 from 590, and the math average rose to 603 from 594. The writing average was 579, up seven points from last year.

Participation in CHCCS was down to 83 percent but remained 20 percentage points above the state average of 63 percent.

A look a subgroup performance is mixed. African American participation was up, and the average performance of African American students increased 52 points to 951--the highest it has been since 2003. The state average for African American students is 855. African American writing was up 83 points. Asian and Latino averages dipped slightly to 1278 for Asians and 1051 for Latinos. Latino participation increased six points. The average score for white students was 1217, matching that group's highest performance in the last seven years.

ACT results also are available. The number of CHCCS students taking this test has doubled in the last five years, while the percentage of students meeting benchmarks in the four tested subject areas and average scores continue to increase. The CHCCS average in English was 25.2. The state average was 20.9. The CHCCS average in mathematics was 25.7. The state average was 22.0. The CHCCS average in reading was 25.9. The state average was 21.9. The CHCCS average in science was 24.4. The state average was 21.1. The district's composite average was 25.4. The state's composite average was 21.6.

Superintendent Neil Pedersen said, "Once again our students performed exceedingly well on the SAT. The results are a reflection of the importance that this community places on preparing students for higher education. "

A full report of the state's SAT performance is available at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/newsroom/news/2009-10/0825/sat-report-final.pdf.

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

by Masha Halpern - Chapel Hill, NC

The Count-Down is on for The First-Time Home Buyer $8,000 Tax Credit
By now you have most likely hear about the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit that is available till November 30, 2009.

What a great opportunity to invest in your future and build financial security for you and your family.  And, it is a buyer’s market out there right now and the ability for individuals to use the tax credit at closing should have a meaningful impact on home sales and will allow thousands of families to achieve the dream of homeownership.”

The process in purchasing a home is involved and you need to ensure that everything goes smoothly so your closing will take place before the November 30, 2009 deadline.

You need to allow four to six weeks for the loan process, which means your offer should be accepted by mid October and no later than Oct 31.

Don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by.  Call me so we can discuss your options and receive your free mortgage pre-approval.  We can start looking today and just think you could be a home owner by Nov. 30, 2009 – Just in time for the holidays.

I would be happy to assist anyone you know that would like to become a first time homeowner as well.

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