District now boasts third best graduation rate in North Carolina

Special to Iredell Free News

Mooresville Graded School District officials are pleased with the strides the district made in 2022-2023.

The state accountability results, which were released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, illustrate that MGSD “continues to be one of the top performing school districts in our region and the state,” the district said in a news release.

“We are proud of the continued academic growth displayed by MGSD students and staff as we navigate the impact of covid-related learning loss, as well as a statewide teacher shortage,” Superintendent Jason Gardner said. “We are presently embarking on implementation of a new strategic plan that we believe will further our tradition of excellence.”

The district’s highlights include:

♦ Overall proficiency in MGSD improved in 12 out of 14 tested areas for Reading and Math. High School Math I (+10%), 6th grade Reading (+6.2%), and 6th grade Math (7.7%) saw the largest increases in proficiency.

♦ Two schools, East Mooresville Intermediate School and South Elementary School, improved their school performance grade from a C to a B, while Rocky River Elementary School and Mooresville High School maintained a B letter grade.

♦ Six out of seven schools (Rocky River Elementary School, South Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, East Mooresville Intermediate School, Mooresville Intermediate School, Mooresville High School) improved their student growth performance score.

♦ East Mooresville Intermediate School exceeded their growth target with a +4.84 growth index.

♦ MGSD’s 6th grade cohort ranked No. 5 in Math and No. 10 in Reading out of 115 school districts.

♦ MGSD ranked No. 3 in North Carolina for graduation rate out of 115 school districts (0.1 away from No. 1).