Low Performing Letter

JM Morehead High School

134 North Pierce Street

Eden, NC 27288


Dear Parent/Guardian,

Legislation (G.S. §115C-83.15) passed during the 2013 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly provides parents with an additional measure of school performance in the form of School Performance Grades. Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, the annual North Carolina School Report Cards display a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F for each school in the state.

The School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on our school’s achievement score (student proficiency) and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. At JM Morehead HS, our achievement score for the 2021-2022 school year is based on how well our students performed on testing in NC Math 1, NC Math 3, English II, and Biology, and additional indicators including English Learner Progress, ACT/ACT WorkKeys, Math Course Rigor, and the 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that JM Morehead HS has been designated as a low performing school by the North Carolina State Board of Education. As defined in G.S. 115C-105.37: “The State Board of Education shall identify low-performing schools on an annual basis. Low-performing schools are those that earn an overall school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" as defined by G.S. 115C-83.15.”

JM Morehead HS received a School Performance Grade of D and a growth designation of Did Not Meet for the 2021–2022 school year. Although we are committed to improving this score, it is important to remember that just as no one single score or grade tells the whole story of a student, neither does it tell you everything about the performance of a school or the opportunities that our school provides. Our school is far beyond test scores in a few subjects or areas. JM Morehead is a community based school with hard working students and staff that care for the future of our students. As scores show that we are low in certain areas, we are strong in other areas that also prepare students for the future. Some of these areas are our CTE program, Health Science Academy, and core areas that are not tested but help get our students prepared for their future.

As a low performing school, we are required to develop an improvement plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve both the school performance grade and school growth score. The plan will also include how the superintendent and other central office administrators in the district will work with us and monitor the progress of our school. We are already engaged in the work of refining our plan and presented the plan to our school board at the October school board meeting where the plan was approved. The final plan will be available for review on our school website at www.moreheadhigh.org/ .

One of our top priorities for 2022–2023 is to improve our School Performance Grade. There are a number of key programs we have in place to help improve student performance. These include:

  • Small group instruction

  • Utilize RCS Time to create individual plans for success

  • MTSS to tier instruction based on student need

We hope you will closely follow your student’s academic progress and work with his or her teacher(s) to help ensure they stay on track academically. Working together as a team, we can improve not only how well our students are performing individually, but how our school is performing as a whole. There is nothing more important to administrators and teachers at JM Morehead than ensuring students are ready for the next step in their academic careers. I look forward to working with you to make sure your student is on track for success.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our School Performance Grade and how we plan to improve, please don’t hesitate to contact our administration at 336-627-7731.


Jason S. Tuggle

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