More than 75 percent of North Carolina’s public schools earned grades of C or better on the state’s three-year-old A-to-F grading scale, according to recently released school accountability data, and Craven County Schools was no exception.

Eight of Craven County’s public schools earned a B for the 2015-16 academic year, based on student test results. They included both early colleges, Havelock High School, Tucker Creek Middle School and four elementary schools — Albert H. Bangert, Creekside, Graham A. Barden and W. Jesse Gurganus.

Most of Craven schools received a C, according to the state results. They included nine elementary schools (Ben D. Quinn, Bridgeton, Brinson Memorial, Arthur W. Edwards, Havelock, J.T. Barber, James W. Smith, Trent Park and Vanceboro Farm Life), four middle schools (Grover C. Fields, H.J. MacDonald, Havelock and West Craven) and two of the county’s traditional high schools — New Bern and West Craven.

Only two schools in the county received School Performance Grades of D: Oaks Road Elementary School in New Bern and Roger R. Bell Elementary School in Havelock. None of Craven County’s schools received an A or an F.

The complete report shows growth and performance data for the 2015–16 school year based on analysis of all end-of-grade tests and end-of-course tests, which are aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics and the Essential Standards in Science for all public schools and public charter schools.

Some educators say the grades are just one way to evaluate individual school performance, suggesting that other results, including growth in student achievement and the separate scores in reading and math tests, help to round out the picture.

Albert H. Bangert Elementary School in Trent Woods was one of the county’s top performing schools, exceeding growth expectations and earning a School Performance Grade of B, according to the results.

“We’re very pleased with the grade but I am much more pleased with the growth because to me that is what is so important and Bangert showed incredible growth,” Catherine Alligood, principal, said. “I think that’s what we expect of all our students; we want all of our students to grow.”

Nine schools in the district exceeded expected growth, while 13 schools met growth expectations. Three schools — Brinson Memorial Elementary School, New Bern High School and Oaks Road Elementary School — did not meet growth expectations.

Newly installed Superintendent Meghan Doyle said she was pleased with the strong showing.

“Craven County Schools has shown great improvement in the last year in state measures of student and school performance,” she said in a statement issued Wednesday evening. “I am excited about the gains that our system has made. Yet, there is more work to do.”

Doyle suggested the state grades, test results and growth numbers offer a limited view into the work being done in Craven County’s schools.

“As much as these grades tell a part of the story, it is a small part of the overall impact that our teachers have on each of our students,” she said. “Put simply, these numbers describe the ability of our students to perform on multiple-choice tests of achievement. Our students also demonstrate their mastery in performances, projects, cooperative learning experiences, and in workforce development classes that are not explicitly described in the school accountability model.

“There are many other data points to share and I look forward to providing this rich information to our community as we spread the great news about the strength of the Craven County School System.”

In neighboring Pamlico County, the district’s lone high school received a B. Fred A. Anderson Elementary School, which serves students in grade 3 through 5, received a C, as did Pamlico County Middle School. Pamlico County Primary School did not receive a grade because it serves students in grade K through 2, and students in those grades do not take end-of-grade tests.

Arapahoe Charter School, the region’s only charter school, also received a C.

In Jones County, Trenton and Maysville Elementary received a B. Comfort Elementary School, Jones Middle School and Jones Senior High School each got a C. Pollocksville Elementary School received a D.

According to a news release accompanying the results, State Superintendent June Atkinson said she was encouraged by the latest data, which she called good evidence that students and schools are making steady progress toward meeting the more demanding standards the state set four years ago with the adoption of its READY accountability system.

“Many schools face significant challenges in terms of critical resources and student needs, but these results show that hard-working educators are making a difference and that students are making gains in their learning,” Atkinson said. “School grades are moving in the right direction, but they continue to underscore the academic challenges faced by many students from disadvantaged families, starting with pre-school. We know schools are helping students make progress, but many schools have large numbers of students who are starting from behind.”

To review the North Carolina data, visit: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting