Top 25% in the State: 3rd grade teachers from all RBA campuses qualify!

Top 25% in the State: 3rd grade teachers from all RBA campuses qualify!

January 26, 2017— This year, the state piloted a new program to reward the top 25% of 3rd grade teachers in the state. The ranking is based on student growth scores in reading from 2015-2016 End-of-Grade tests (EOGs).

The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. (RBA) proudly announces that six 3rd grade teachers across its four client charter schools qualified as top 25% in the state for student growth in reading—this means that 6 of 10 total 3rd grade teachers in the network were in the state’s top 25%!

“Top” 3rd grade teachers from our family of schools include:

Charter Day School:
Stephanie Fisher
Rebecca Hennis
Kaitlin Warren

Columbus Charter School:
Shonna Hobbs

Douglass Academy:
Ashika Payne

South Brunswick Charter School:
Melissa Dorner

Student reading growth scores for each teacher are determined through the state’s data management system “EVAAS.” Growth scores are different from proficiency scores, which indicate the number of students who passed the test in each classroom.  3rd grade teachers alone are eligible for this recognition, due to the state’s prioritization of K-3 literacy. The reward hopes to incentivize excellent 3rd grade teachers to remain in the challenging and important grade level to ensure that as many students as possible are fully literate by the end of 3rd grade.

RBA Dean of K-3 curriculum, Jennifer London states, “I am confident that our schools are highly represented on this list due to our network’s strong, recognized commitment to K-3 literacy. Our proven Direct Instruction Reading Mastery Program is not used at district public schools, yet its effectiveness has been confirmed by decades of academic study. This effectiveness is demonstrated by our network’s generally superlative EOG test performance in all grades, as well as our unique tradition of ensuring that all Kindergarteners learn to read by January of their first year of school.”

RBA Founder and President, Baker Mitchell states “We applaud the excellent work of all 3rd grade teachers in our family and celebrate those who qualified for this distinction. One teacher qualifying out of all charter and district teachers in the state would have been a triumph, but instead, six members of our family—over half of all of our 3rd grade teachers— have qualified.”

“This qualification proves the high quality of our teaching staff and optimal academic opportunities for students attending schools in our family,” he continued.

RBA  is an educational management company serving four tuition-free and public charter schools in southeastern, NC that welcome all students, regardless of address, income, or ability. Client campuses include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. All campuses are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information or to enroll, please visit

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