CMS Report Card: Graduation Rates Up, Ten Schools Get "F" Grade

The report card for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools came out Wednesday. It revealed an uptick in graduation rates, but also some disturbing information that has some parents upset.

Nearly fifty of its schools performed below average according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Ten of them got a grade "F”.

"Say we live in Ballantyne, they're going to get excellent education, but here living on the Westside, they're not going to get the education they need," said Kenyetta Gilmore.

Gilmore lives in the Westley Hills neighborhood near one of the ten failing schools.

"My daughter wants to be an attorney. I think she can be successful if she gets good education through CMS, but if not, she probably won't," said Gilmore.

Here’s a complete list of those ten grade “F” schools:

Ashley Park Pre-K-8

Druid Hills Academy

Eastway Middle

Martin Luther King Jr Middle

Bruns Academy

Reid Park Academy

Sedgefield Middle

Sterling Elementary

Walter G Byers School

Westerly Hills Academy

Superintendent Ann Clark says she's working closely with the grade "D" and "F" schools to help turn them around.

"We have 18 thousand employees who have committed to be engaged with a 3rd grader, 7th grader or a senior. We’re also inviting the community to be engaged with the remaining grade levels to be a part of the intentional effort with our students who are struggling," said Clark.

The report card also shows that African American and Hispanic students are half as prepared for college and a career when compared to their fellow White and Asian students.

"Clearly we have work to do in that area, but that's what we're focused on unlike other districts across the state that will be highlighting their proficiency levels, CMS will be highlighting our college and career levels" said Clark.

CMS says one of its greatest achievements was to raise the graduation rate by 18 percentage points over the past 6 years. That brings it to 88 percent. Superintendent Clark says her goal is to boost that number to 90 percent or above.

Clark also announced Wednesday that it is keeping its teacher assistants through September 18th. The original deadline was set for this Friday. The 18th is the new deadline for state lawmakers to pass a budget.

Here's the complete report from the state.