North Carolina public schools reveal student, school performance data

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- North Carolina public school leaders released data Wednesday that indicates how well students are learning and educators are teaching.

The State Board of Education said the data is for the school year that ended in May. The numbers included year-end test results, overall student proficiency, grades assessed to each school based on performance and graduation rates.

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A little more than four out of 10 students showed on reading and math tests that their learning was on pace for their grade level. About a third are on pace for college and career readiness. Both results have improved slightly in recent years.

Graduation rates are up, but "school grades" are virtually unchanged from last year, according to the findings. About 85 percent of students who entered high school finished in four years, a graduation rate school officials praised as the highest in state history.

Leaders said it's important to know that schools are being graded on a curve easier than students must meet, with an 86 out of 100 still earning an A. School grades released for the first time in February also showed a strong linkage with whether most students come from families in poverty.

The chart showing school performance data in relation to poverty was also unchanged.

The state school board also revised its definitions last year to treat children as on track in their learning progress despite still needing help.

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