emphasis on the basics and high educational standards, and
maximum local control.
The ABCs plan was developed by the State Board of Education in response
to the 1995 General Assembly. The General Assembly, recognizing the
need for North Carolina public schools to make faster progress in
student achievement, directed the Board to recommend changes in the
North Carolina public school system to focus on more basic subjects,
efficiency, and better local control over education decisions. The
ABCs of Public Education was developed to meet those goals—without
giving local schools a new complicated program to follow. As much as
possible, the ABCs uses tests and other mechanisms that are already in
place. This is a comprehensive plan to reorganize public schools in
Under the New ABCs of Public Education, individual schools are held
accountable for student performance. Staff in each school must take
responsibility for the education of each student. The new
accountability plan retains core pieces of the testing program while
cutting the amount of required statewide testing. Students in grades
3-8 are tested and held accountable by the state for basic subjects.
The high school accountability program went into effect in 1997-98.
Growth Standard—The ABCs is based on performance at the individual
school rather than the district level. At least a year’s worth of
growth for a year’s worth of schooling is expected. School growth is
the expected growth rate for that school based on previous performance
statewide. Exemplary growth is 110% of the expected growth rate.
Incentive Awards—All schools achieving performance standards have the
opportunity to receive incentive awards. Awards are allocated based on
the number of certified staff at the school. The certified staff votes
on the use of the funds.
Buncombe County Schools
Administrative Services Building
175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806
In compliance with Federal Law, Buncombe County Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.