NC Applauded For Improving Graduation Rates

A new report says North Carolina is among a handful of states with the most dramatic progress in improving high school graduation rates over the past decade.

The report is being released Monday at a summit meeting in Washington sponsored by America's Promise Alliance. It says the national graduation rate rose from 72 percent in 2001 to 75.5 percent in 2009.

Twelve states were responsible for the majority of progress in the last decade, including North Carolina.

The Tar Heel State is also praised in the report for being among national leaders in reducing the number of so-called "dropout factories," or schools that graduate 60 percent or fewer of their students on time.

The number of such schools in North Carolina dropped from 106 to 78 in the last decade.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    As another former teacher, I sat through many promotion/retention meetings. Even when all of the student's teachers recommend retaining the child, the administrator (principal) has the final say. Stop blaming the teachers. And sure there are more graduating because no one is being held accountable for promoting a child that is not prepared for the next grade.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    I know first hand that students get promoted even if they fail their grade. So if the student graduates but has not aquired the necessary knowlwedge, what has been accomplished? Students graduating without the necessary tools to be viable citizens. And yes, I also am a former educator. Are you people getting the picture????
  • by Former Educator on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    I would like to highly emphasize the former in this name. When you participate in H.A.T. and G.A.G programs (Hug-A-Thug and Give-A-Grade for those not in the loop) of course you can give away more diplomas. The sad reality is North Carolina has done nothing more than create diploma mills where anyone with a pulse can get one. The curriculum is so watered down now those diplomas are not worth the paper they are printed on. So please continue to celebrate mediocrity, because that is exactly what Public Education Standards strive for.
  • by Kane on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    I'm wondering if anybody here posting negative comments have actually darkened a school house door in the past 10 years. There's no pleasing some people.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:30 PM in reply to Kane
      They haven't. They would cry bloody murder if they had to deal with what is having to be dealt with in the schools today. They are just as ignorant as some of these kids.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    You know why we can't change this sad reality, right? Because everyone wants to blame the schools and the teachers when the children fail.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Adjusted for inflation we are spending three times as much on education (ten times without adjusting) as we were in 1970 and getting lower results. Obviously throwing money at it isn't the answer. How about we hold people accountable? That always seems to work if there are real penalties for not doing your job instead of paid administrative leave.
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      by Witness on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM in reply to
      You seem to think the problem is with the school system. I will be the first to admit that education has its problems, but the real problem is at home. Until the responsibility starts falling more on students and parents you will continue to see a decline regardless of what you do. Increasing class sizes and increasing demands on employees with less backing will only cause good people to leave.
  • by Formey Pirateman on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    Dumb them down, educrats! Dumb them down. Inability to spell, lack of knowing proper grammar and no mathematical skills will be the future great equalizer amongst Americans. Everyone is able to graduate with the new standards (actually lack thereof) the educrats give the students.
  • by meaningless on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    They are indeed just pushing them through and my child is even one of them. He has autism and learning disabilities and they even discouraged me from holding him back a grade last year. Kids are only allowed to be held back twice. Otherwise they just get pushed through.
  • by getreal on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    Trust me, this is not an accomplishment. Kids are pushed through, kept in school after committing major crimes, and GIVEN grades just for the sake of graduation rates. Apparently, the powers at be do no realize that giving everyone a diploma make them MEANINGLESS!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    They are doing nothing more than just pushing through students. Not everyone deserves a high school diploma! It is an accomplishment not an entitlement.
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