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UCPS leads NC schools in return on educational investment

UCPS 2014 graduates brought in $98 million in scholarship offers. Pictured are Monroe High School graduates just prior to their graduation ceremony.

The Center of American Progress released a report that shows Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is getting high academic results at a low cost. UCPS ranked number one in the state of North Carolina for its Basic Return on Investment.

The report released by the John Locke Foundation, evaluated the productivity of school districts across the country.

Researchers evaluated basic return on investment, adjusted return on investment and predicted efficiency. The data was compiled during the 2010-11 school year.

“This is good news for Union County Public Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “Our top priority is serving children and we make sure our resources reflect our commitment to educating all students.”

UCPS scored a 1 on the basic return on investment and received an 86 on the academic index, the highest in North Carolina.

The district’s per pupil expenditure is $7,511. According to the report, districts that scored a “1” had the highest achievement and lowest spending.

Here are a few facts about UCPS:

· Sixth largest in North Carolina
· In 2013, UCPS had the highest graduation rate among large North Carolina school districts
· 20 Honor Schools of Excellence
· 17 Schools of Distinction
· Received Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from Government Finance Officers Association
· Two Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by U.S. Department of Education
· Recognized by VIF as state leader in dual-language immersion programs
· 2014 graduates earned a total of $98 million in scholarships

Click here to view the UCPS productivity report.

Click here to view the Return on Educational Investment 2014 report.

Visit www.ucps.k12.nc.us for more information about Union County Public Schools.

Written by: Tahira Stalberte, Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Jul 16, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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