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Evergreen Offers Authentic Learning and Posts High Achievement Data

94 Percent of Students are Proficient at North Carolina Charter School

August 29, 2023

Evergreen Community Charter School was among only 8.6 percent of all schools in North Carolina to receive the distinction of Honor School of Excellence. 

“We do not teach to the test but rather hold true to the belief that the innovative practices we use will result in authentic learning," said Susan Gottfried, Evergreen executive director.

Ninety-four percent of Evergreen students in grades three through eight are at or above grade level on reading and math End-of-Grade (EOG) tests, the highest proficiency level in the Asheville, N.C., and Buncombe County area, and the students averaged higher than expected growth. Evergreen met 13 out of 13 Adequate Yearly Progress goals established by the No Child Left Behind mandate. In math, 94.1 percent of third through eighth graders tested proficient, up 6 percent from 2009. In reading, 92.2 percent students tested proficient, a 5 percent jump. Nearly 97 percent of algebra students passed their End-of-Course test compared to the state average of 71 percent.

“The school’s science scores demonstrate the effectiveness of our Expeditionary Learning approach and focus on field work and environmental education,” said Jason Carter Evergreen’s middle school associate director and testing coordinator. “Ninety-six percent of fifth graders and 100 percent of eighth graders passed the science End-of-Grade test, over 30 percent above the state average.”

Evergreen Community Charter School serves students in grades K through 8 and has a focus on environmental education, high academic standards, experiential and service learning. In 2010, Evergreen middle school science teacher Stuart Miles won North Carolina’s Charter School Teacher of the year.  


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