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Union County Public Schools graduation rate rises to 92.6 percent

Of the 10 largest school districts in North Carolina, UCPS leads the state with the highest graduation rate at 92.6 percent.

Union County Public Schools announced today that its four-year graduation cohort rose to 92.6 percent in 2014, up from 90.8 percent in 2013.

This is the highest graduation rate for UCPS to date. The district has shown a steady gain in the graduation rate since 2010. The North Carolina 2014 graduation rate is 83.8.

Of the 10 largest districts in the state, UCPS leads with the highest graduation rate.

The four-year graduation cohort measures the percentage of students who graduate in four years.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the data today during its State Board of Education meeting.

Eight of UCPS 12 traditional high schools had a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher. At 99.4 percent, Marvin Ridge High had the highest graduation rate for 2014, followed by Weddington High at 99.1 percent.

“This is an outstanding achievement for our school system,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “I believe that the push for high school graduation starts with our kindergarten students. We must continue to push until all students earn a high school diploma.”

The state also released results from the READY initiative which measures academic growth and proficiency. Growth reflects the academic progress students made during the course of one year.

In UCPS, more students performed on grade level in 2013-14 than the year before. Test results also show that 88.2 percent of schools met or exceeded academic growth goals for 2013-14.The district performance composite was 62.2% for College and Career Ready and 71.5% for Grade Level Proficiency. To better report student’s career and college readiness, the State Board adopted a new five-level achievement scale in March.

As a requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly known as no Child Left Behind, schools are measured against Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO). These objectives are a series of performance targets that states, school districts and specific subgroups of students must achieve each year to meet federal requirements. The number of schools that met AMOs is 26/51 or 50.9 percent. Twenty-five schools or 49.1 percent did not meet the objectives.

"This data helps us with identifying areas for improvement,” Ellis said. "I know we have more work to do in many schools to help students meet their targets."

2013-14 READY Accountability Data Highlights:

· 71.5 percent of 3-8 graders met grade level proficiency (Levels 3-5)
· 62.2 percent of 3-8 graders met College and Career Ready measures (Levels 4-5)
· 88.2 percent of schools met or exceeded academic growth goals in 2013-14
· 23 schools (45.1%) exceeded expected growth
· 22 schools (43.1%) met expected growth
· 6 schools (11.8%) did not meet expected growth
· 90.1 percent of third graders were proficient following the Read to Achieve summer camp

**Results for Wolfe School and Walter Bickett Education Center are not included in this data.

Additional district data and state results can be found at NC Public Schools; which is www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting.

Written by: Tahira Stalberte, UCPS Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Sep 04, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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