Graduation Rates Report Gives NC Improved Marks

Gov. Beverly Perdue and state education leaders say a new outside report on graduation rates is proof North Carolina is moving its public schools in the right direction.

Education Week magazine released a report Tuesday saying North Carolina's high school graduation rate is higher than the national average and showed the second greatest percentage improvement of any state from 1998 to 2008.

Perdue says the news should throw cold water on Republicans who have said the state's education system is broken. She says the GOP-led Legislature's budget currently on her desk cuts education too deep.

The Education Week report calculated North Carolina's graduation rate at almost 73 percent in 2008.


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  • by Voices Location: Warsaw on Jun 13, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Graduation rates increased, because a method of accountability was given to school with drop out funds. Before and now, there is no accountability for receiving funds. The Dropout grants were the best thing to happen for struggling learners.
  • by B Location: Gville on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    If they keep dumbing it down any more a chimp could graduate from a North Carolina public high school. What the high schoolers are learning now was taught in the sixth grade back in the 50's & 60's. after the 70's politics started to play too much of a role in education, and the standards went out the window. In an effort to have equality, diversity and no child left behind, the education standards have become weak. Parents no longer want to take responsibality for their kids education, many just leave it up to the school system.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    Graduation rates are improving because they are lowering standards and practically giving diplomas away!
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    Achievement test scores tell the real story. NC simply relaxed its standards.
  • by Right direction? on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    Oh yes...We're moving in the right direction. Let's cut funding down to nothing...That must be why graduation rates are improving right? ugh. disgusted
  • by kim Location: greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    In Oct. or Nov. the state no longer required to EOG or EOC to be used as promotion or retention tool. Why is it that most local boards in the state did not even change their policy regarding this matter. These test will be given, but would count as a final exam. The governor and many school officials claim t support children, but they take this one tool and determine a child's future. If the state mandates it, then all school boards should remove the policy from their districts. Can you imagine passing all local standards, being the first one in three generations to even make it to the 12th grade, and because you didn't score a 3 o4 4 on a test, you and your family are denied the right of a graduation. Is this fair to children? What message is really being sent to children of this state? How honorable are these local boards. Do they really understand or care about the entire child, or is there just a price tag attached to our children. The state has recognized that the waiver process is short of being unethical, so why are the local boards still following an out-dated practice. Parents you need to wake up and find out if your board members are really supporting your children. I applaud the few local boards in western carolina who did change their standards and policies to uplift children.
  • by Girly Location: Cove City on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    This is great!! Now stop trying to cut our teachers and assistants so our kids can get a good education and graduate.....
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    After hearing some conversation not long ago about reducing our requirements for graduation, this story sounds almost "planted". If everybody being compared was measured for graduation against the same standard, good for us!! Otherwise....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    Thats great, on the other hand our government wants to make budget cuts in our schools. Good job NC
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    We can't have this, defund the public schools immediately.
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