CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - More students enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are graduating at a higher rate compared to the rest of the state, according to school officials.
The CMS graduation rate rose to 89.6 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year, the highest in the state and nearly four points above the rate statewide.
The school system also reports that 86 percent of district schools met or exceeded expected growth.
"We are pleased with our academic progress during the 2015-2016 school year," said Superintendent Ann Clark. "We will continue our focus on literacy skills at every grade level and professional development for principals and teachers because it is producing strong results as evidenced by 86 percent of our schools meeting or exceeding growth expectations."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s graduation rate was higher than the other large districts in North Carolina, as well as the statewide rate of 85.8 percent. Guilford County Schools was second with 89.4 percent and Wake County Public School System was third with 87.1 percent.
The CMS graduation rate has grown 19.7 percentage points since 2010.
In End-of-Grade (EOG), school officials report reading tests for grades three through eight, the composite proficiency score rose to 58 percent in 2015-2016 from 56.4 percent a year earlier. In math for grades three through eight, proficiency scores were 59.4 percent in 2015-2016, up from 56.9 percent a year earlier. In science (tested in grades five and eight), it was 73.8 percent, up from 71.4 a year earlier.
For End-of-Course tests (which are given to middle and high school students), proficiency increased in math, rising to 66 percent in 2015-2016 from 64.4 a year earlier, and in biology to 60.4 percent, compared to 58.4 percent a year earlier, according to school officials. In English II, scores declined to 60.9 percent from 64.4 percent a year earlier.
On reading in grades three through eight, the composite score rose to 47.6 percent, up from 46 percent a year earlier. In math for grades three through eight, the composite score rose to 52.7 percent, up from 49.4 a year earlier. In science for grades five and eight, scores rose to 65.4 percent from 62.4 percent a year earlier.
In EOC testing, the percentage of CMS students who were college- and career-ready increased in math and biology and declined in English II. In math, the composite score rose to 58.1 percent from 56 percent a year earlier. In biology, composite scores rose to 52.4 percent from 50.2 percent a year earlier. In English II, scores declined to 52.7 from 54.2 a year earlier.