ERIC Number: ED453331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
State of Public Education Report: A Tale of Two Systems, or Three or Four.
This report examines North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system (CMS) and assesses its failures and achievements. Though the proportion of students who chose CMS over private and charter schools has decreased from 95 percent in the 1970s, it still remains over 80 percent. Enrollment for exceptional, and poor children and children who do not speak English as their native language, however, has increased significantly. CMS does not educate all of its students well. Progress has been made on increasing academic achievement and narrowing race- and income-related achievement gaps. The system measures and spends school-by-school in order to provide instructional materials on an equal basis, recognizing that at-risk schools need extra dollars. The state's ABC accountability program, which is constantly monitored, needs refinement and expansion, since many students are still failing. Disaggregated data on student achievement and race show that low achievement is a problem for CMS students of all races. About 35 percent of 3rd-8th grade students test below grade level in reading and/or math. White CMS students consistently outscore White North Carolina students, while black North Carolina students consistently outscore black CMS students. More CMS students are taking advanced placement courses and getting high test scores leading to college credits. CMS has one of the highest high school dropout rates of any large school system in the state. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Standards, Accountability, Black Students, Diversity (Student), Dropout Rate, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Hispanic American Students, Language Minorities, Public Education, Racial Differences, Student Evaluation
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Education Foundation, 301 S. Tyron St., Two First Union Center, Suite 1725, Charlotte, NC 28282. Tel: 704-335-0100; Fax: 704-334-3545; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cmef.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Education Foundation, NC.