Pitt County Schools announces improved graduation rates, growth standards

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A local school district announces improved graduation rates, grades and test scores from the last school year.

Pitt County Schools says the North Carolina State Board of Education was presented data from READY Accountability Model Thursday.

It showed the district's rate of students graduating high school within four years grew from 83% in 2015-2016 to 86.2%, in 2016-2017.

North Carolina public schools also get assigned a letter grade by the state board and 32 of the 34 Pitt County Schools recieved a passing grade.

In addition, 22 out of 34 schools tested in Pitt County met or exceeded growth standards, the district saw a 9.1% increase in ACT scores and a slight increase in grade level proficiency.

Only in its third year, the Pitt County Early College earned an A.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A snapshot showing how North Carolina's public schools are doing reveals steady improvement but stubborn shortcomings.

The annual school accountability report released Thursday shows high-school graduation rates and the number of high-performing schools inched up during the last school year. Schools increasingly earned As or Bs under the state's A-to-F grading system.

But fewer than half of North Carolina elementary and middle school students were ready to tackle both reading and math in the next grade. The report also amplifies the clear connection between student poverty and the likelihood a school will be considered failing.

North Carolina Teacher of the Year Lisa Godwin says state legislators aren't providing the money required to ensure all students succeed.

State schools Superintendent Mark Johnson says spending needs to be smarter.