Public School Graduation Rates Improve

Today the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the 2014-2015 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools. This report summarizes growth and performance data for the 2014-205 school year based on the analysis of all end-of-grade tests, as well as graduation rates across the State. 

Results indicate that the graduation rates have increased from 83.9% in the 2013-2014 school year to 85.4% in the 2014-2015 school year. Since 2006, the first year the state reported a four-year cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating from high school in four years or less has risen 17.1 percentage points – from 68.3% to 85.4%.

“It is encouraging to see that every year more and more of our young people are achieving a high school diploma. With a growing workforce, our State must continue to focus on making sure these graduates have access to a world-class university system, dynamic career choices, and good-paying jobs,” Speaker Moore (R-Cleveland) stated on Wednesday.

K-12 school performance grades:

Overall Grade

Number of Schools

 

2013-2014

Percentage of Schools

 

2013-2014

Number of Schools

 

2014-2015

Percentage of Schools

 

2014-2015

A +

NA

NA

69

2.8

A

132

5.4

89

3.6

B

582

24.0

584

23.9

C

1,003

41.4

1,022

41.8

D

561

23.1

536

21.9

F

146

6.0

146

6.0

“These performance grades demonstrate why it is so important to fight for better education initiatives and opportunities,” Speaker Moore continued. “The House understands where our State is and where our State wants to be, and is committed to putting us on a responsible path to raise education standards across the board.”   

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