Becky Whittington, Lenoir County Schools director of testing, acknowledged Monday the school district's student performance could be better.
had met with the district's principals to discuss how to best improve schools' performances during the coming school year.
Overall, the schools' composite test scores improved last year compared to the 2007-2008 school year.
said students are still getting acclimated to some of the new writing tests.
"We are doing better, but there is always room to improve," she
Banks Elementary, Contentnea Elementary, Frink Middle, Kennedy Home, La Grange Elementary, Sampson School
, Moss Hill Elementary, North Lenoir High, Northwest Elementary, Pink Hill Elementary, South Lenoir High, Southwood Elementary, Teachers Memorial Elementary and Woodington Middle schools met expected academic growth based on the ABCs state testing model for 2008-2009.
The state DPI also released its annual graduation cohort rate, which showed South Lenoir High School
had the highest four-year graduation rate among the county's three high schools, followed by Kinston and North Lenoir high schools.
In the district, Whittington
said the graduation rate increased slightly during 2008-2009, as compared to the previous year.