All North Carolina public schools received their report cards on Thursday — and there’s plenty of encouraging news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Test scores are improving. Achievement gaps between white and minority students are shrinking. Long-struggling schools are showing progress.
But of course in a district as large and diverse — and segregated and, in places, poverty stricken — the news is never all in one direction. Still, CMS is in a starkly different position today than it was six years ago.
Here are some of the specifics from the data released Thursday — which covered both school letter grades, graduation rates and the results of end-of-grade tests.
- 86 percent of schools met or exceeded their growth targets — meaning they brought their students’ scores up.
- Nearly 90 percent of students graduated within four years, a higher graduation rate than Wake County and an almost 20 point improvement over 2010.
- Test scores on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests inched up in almost all areas, and exceeded state averages.
- Three times as many schools improved a letter grade than fell.
- 15 schools improved enough to escape the dreaded ranks of a “D” or “F” school.
- The number of “F” schools was cut in half, from 10 to 5.
Some of the not-so-good news:
- 37 schools, nearly a quarter of the district, carries a “D” or “F” grade.
- High school English scores continue to drop
- Fewer than half of CMS students are judged “college and career ready” in reading. To earn that distinction, students have to score 4 or 5 on end-of-grade tests.
Schools in affluent areas — like Myers Park High, Myers Park Traditional and Selwyn Elementary — took steps back this year.
And there remain wide gulfs at a number of high schools between the percentage of students graduating and the percentage who have test scores the state deems not “college and career ready.”
Do those diplomas have a value? Superintendent Ann Clark said that’s a question she asks herself continually. And why she’s set a goal for all of the district’s graduates to leave with some type of academic or industry credential — like AP credit or an automotive certificate — by 2018.
“It’s great that students have a high school diploma,” Clark said. “But so what? What’s the next step? Do they have a plan?”
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I’ve listed every CMS school and its 2016 letter grade here.
Here are your A+ schools.
This means that they had high percentages of students passing standardized tests, significant test score gains — plus small gaps between white and minority students.
- Hough High
- Providence High
- Piedmont IB Middle
- Bain Elementary
- Beverly Woods Elementary
- Elon Park Elementary
- Polo Ridge Elementary
- Hawk Ridge Elementary
- Huntersville Elementary
- J.V. Washam Elementary
- McKee Road Elementary
- Olde Providence Elementary
- Providence Spring Elementary
- Torrence Creek Elementary
33 schools improved a grade level.
Their current letter grade is in parentheses.
- Albemarle Road Elementary (C)
- Ashley Park PreK-8 School (D)
- Bailey Middle (A)
- Bain Elementary (went from A to A+)
- Beverly Woods Elementary (A+)
- Chantilly Montessori (A)
- Clear Creek Elementary (B)
- Coulwood STEM Academy (C)
- David Cox Road Elementary (C)
- Devonshire Elementary (C)
- Druid Hills Academy (D)
- Hawk Ridge Elementary (A+)
- Hawthorne High (B)
- Highland Mill Montessori (A)
- Huntingtowne Farms Elementary (C)
- J.V. Washam Elementary (A+)
- Kennedy Middle (C)
- Martin Luther King Jr Middle (D)
- McKee Road Elementary (A+)
- Merry Oaks Elementary (C)
- Northridge Middle (C)
- Olde Providence Elementary (A+)
- Quail Hollow Middle (C)
- Rama Road Elementary (C)
- River Gate Elementary (B)
- Sedgefield Middle (D)
- Steele Creek Elementary (C)
- Stoney Creek Elementary (C)
- Torrence Creek Elementary (A+)
- West Charlotte High (C)
- Westerly Hills Academy (D)
- Whitewater Academy (C)
- Winding Springs Elementary (C)
10 schools fell a letter grade.
- Hickory Grove Elementary (D)
- Highland Renaissance Academy (D)
- Military and Global Leadership Academy (D)
- Mint Hill Middle (C)
- Myers Park High (B)
- Myers Park Traditional (C)
- Olympic High – Renaissance School (C)
- Ranson Middle (D)
- Selwyn Elementary (B)
- Winget Park Elementary (C)