• Letter from the Superintendent
    Dr. Aaron L. Fleming



    Dear Harnett County Parents, Staff and Community Members:

    We welcome you to the North Carolina Report Card site for Harnett County Schools for the 2018-19
    school year. This site is a resource for information regarding student achievement, class size, school
    safety, school technology, instructional resources and teacher quality at the school level, district
    level, and state level.

    As you review the schools’ information, you will see a letter grade "A-F", as required by state law, on
    the school level report card. Please note that this letter grade is only one measure of school quality
    and that test scores for Harnett County Schools appear to be in line with state trend. We know there
    are many things to celebrate at each of our schools. This year also brings changes in testing. In
    2018-2019, North Carolina administered a new edition of the mathematics tests; therefore,
    comparisons to previous years’ data are limited. Also, students who took NC Math I course during
    or prior to grade 8 do not take Grade 8 Math EOG. Grade 8 Math EOG is not all students in grade 8
    but only those who did not take Math I in grade 8.

    In Harnett County students in grades 3-8 continue to make steady gains in math and reading
    performance. Grade level performance for the District in reading was at 51.1% in 2017-2018 and
    51.3% in 2018-2019. Math grade-level performance in grades 3-8 increased from 48.9% to 52.3%.
    Overall, grade level proficiency continues to improve increasing from 51.3% to 51.6% in 2018-2019.
    Harnett County middle school students in 2018-19 also gained in math grade-level performance
    standards in grades sixth, seventh and eighth. Eighth-grade students showed improvement in
    reading in grade-level performance increasing 2.8%. High school Biology scores for grade-level
    performance standards improved in Harnett County from 49% to 52% while English II increased
    from 48.3% to 51.9%

    Harnett County continues to remain competitive with the state in these areas with 76% of schools
    meeting their growth (this is up from 64% last year) and 72% of schools receiving a school
    performance grade of C or better. Harnett County Schools' graduation rate is 87%, an increase of
    0.8%. Our graduation rate is now above the state average.

    We are pleased with our progress. Just a few highlights include we now have 5 schools with a
    School Performance Grade of a B, 80% of our high schools met or exceeded growth, our graduation
    rate is above the state’s graduation rate and our number of schools designated as low performing
    has decreased. When we take a closer look at our data, we are right where the state is as far as
    trends in data in many categories. We know programs do not teach kids. We have to continue to
    focus on teaching the standards, supporting our staff and supporting our students in their learning.
    While we are not where we want to be, Harnett County Schools continues to move forward and
    make progress. I believe if we concentrate on growth, proficiency will come. Our district is dedicated
    to our schools and continuing to inspire learners to be leaders.
    Dr. Aaron L. Fleming
    Harnett County Schools