CMS releases test scores, school grades for 2015-2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools just released new data from the 2015-2016 school year which shows where the district excels and where it needs improvement.

Overall, CMS has improved in reading, math, and science scores in elementary and middle schools. The district credits a number of literacy programs, including one started last year called “Reading Buddies.”

“I liked having a reading buddy because she helped me increase my confidence by always telling me you can do this and don’t give up,” Ashley Rivera Funes, a fourth grader and CMS student, said.

In high schools, the graduation rate has increased to 89.6 percent.

25 CMS schools got a grade “A” or “A+” and 5 schools received an “F.” Those grades, in part, are based on end-of-grade tests and graduation rates.

CMS is working to improve its English II test scores for high school students. Those scores have dropped for the last two years.

CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said, “We clearly need to focus on English II, despite performing ahead of the state. That’s not satisfaction to us, if we are losing ground, so we will have a comprehensive plan to support English II, and we’ll start working with those teachers this month.”