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The Actual Graduation Rate In NC Isn’t 85.8%

North Carolina Superintendent June Atkinson was recently cited in a WRAL article about the state’s graduation rate.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina released its latest public school performance data Thursday, showing the state’s graduation rate and school grades improved last year.

he state’s graduation rate increased slightly, from 85.6 percent in 2014-15 to 85.8 percent last school year. This marks the 11th consecutive year that the rate has improved. In 2005-06, the state’s graduation rate was 68.3 percent.

“If I could do a back flip about the graduation rate, I would do that,” State Superintendent June Atkinson told reporters Thursday. (WRAL, 9/1/16)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) also put out a press release touting the increase in graduation rates.

As this site has previously pointed out, this rate is not the actual graduation rate when one factors in the now famous “career and college readiness” that Common Core was alleged to bring. Continue reading

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NC Dept. Of Public Instruction Touts 4th Year of Powerschool, Ignores Failings

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sent out a press release yesterday, hailing the success of Powerschool, which captures student data and information statewide.

The press release also didn’t mention Powerschool’s failings.

These failings include a $7 million dollar maintenance rate, hundreds of ‘slow connectivity incidents’, missing deliverables and suspect payments to ‘contractors’. Continue reading

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#NCGA Does DPI’s Job Again With Bill On Background Checks [UPDATED]

Earlier this year, North Carolina received an “F” on our teacher screening process in a USA Today report.

Several years ago, and by several I mean SIX YEARS ago, the subject of performing background checks on teachers in North Carolina was suggested, a committee did some work on it and their results were promptly stuck in a drawer by NC Superintendent Atkinson.

KEEP READING… Continue reading

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Teacher shortage? How about 7,300 backlogged applications?

The narrative is we have a teacher shortage.

In February, Superintendent June Atkinson blamed the shortage on not enough teachers entering the profession.

The truth is we have 7,300 backlogged teacher licensing applications in this state. Continue reading

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Graduation Rates Get Scrutiny At NC State Board of Ed Retreat – #nced

In a report by Alex Granados at Education NC, video is included on a back and forth over graduation rates. Board member Collins questions that rate when you take into account low college ready proficiency rates.

Putting the question bluntly, what is the true or effective graduation rate when you take into account career and college readiness? Continue reading

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