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NC Students Increase Scores On SAT And Advance Placement Tests PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:41
North Carolina high school students have bucked a national trend of declining test scores by posting gains on the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) tests, according to a report released today by The College Board.
 
“Climbing scores on college entry and Advanced Placement standardized tests is evidence that we are better preparing our students to be college and career ready,” said Governor McCrory. “Our efforts to increase funding to cover student test fees and to support professional development for Advanced Placement teachers are paying off.” 
 
The average SAT scores for 2016 high school graduates in North Carolina increased by 1 point each on both the critical reading and math sections of the test. State gains on both sections outpaced national declines which reflected a 3-point decrease on the critical reading section and a 4-point drop on the math portion.
 
Additionally, North Carolina high school students receiving a 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam increased by 3.9 percent over last year. 
 
Under Governor McCrory’s leadership, the 2013 budget established an annual $12 million funding stream to cover the testing fees for all students enrolled in advanced placement courses. This recurring funding also supports professional development for teachers of advanced courses through the North Carolina Advanced Placement Partnership.
 
Additionally, the 2016-17 budget recently signed by Governor McCrory provides $4.3 million for bonuses to reward teachers whose students excel on the AP exams. 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:43
 
UNC-Chapel And ECU Cited For Providing Students Good Value For Their Education Dollars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:37
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University has made a national list of school that are providing student a good value for their tuition dollars. 
 
UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked 14th  while East Carolina University ranked 99th in Educate to Career’s 2017 College Rankings Index of the Top 100 Best Value Colleges. Educate to Career is a non-profit that focuses on the transition from college to career, according to its website. The group analyzed labor market outcomes of graduates from 1,200 accredited four-year colleges or universities that enroll 750 or more students.
 
“This is further evidence that North Carolina is an outstanding place to get a top-notch, affordable college education,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Our efforts to make college more affordable by freezing and lowering tuition and capping student fees will help families and students prepare for college and continue to make our world-class universities more accessible to students from all backgrounds throughout North Carolina. I’m proud that our state has great universities that continue to be recognized for what they offer to students, and I’m proud of what we have done to make college more affordable.”
 
The budget signed by Governor McCrory caps university fee increases at three percent annually and freezes undergraduate tuition at all UNC system schools for students who graduate in four years, or five years for those enrolled in a five-year degree program. 
 
The budget also lowers college tuition at UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina University and Elizabeth City State University to $500 per semester for in-state students.
 
In addition to making college more affordable, the governor has championed significant investments in higher education. Governor McCrory proposed and voters overwhelmingly approved the $2 billion Connect NC bond, which invests $1.3 billion to improve facilities at North Carolina Universities and Community Colleges.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:40
 
Edcuation Leader Rodney Ellis Dies Suddenly PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 September 2016 15:53
Rodney Ellis, a former classroom teacher and N.C. Association of Educators president, died Saturday unexpectedly.
 
Ellis served the maximum two, two-year terms as NCAE president. He told friends he looked forward to spending more time with his family, and returning to a Winston-Salem classroom to teach language arts to eighth-graders at a school that served a high number of lower-income families.
 
The Raleigh News and Observer reports that Saturday morning, Ellis awoke in sudden physical distress and never recovered according to his family. 
 
Several state and federal officials and education advocates expressed their condolences over the weekend. Gov. Pat McCrory said Ellis’ devotion to education was a “labor of love,” while U.S. Rep. Alma Adams called him a “true fighter for equality.”
 
Ellis and his wife have three grown children and a daughter and son who are in Forsyth schools. Ellis was also active in many youth programs and coached an AAU boys’ basketball team, the SwishCity Magic. The couple’s youngest child is a member of the team. Ellis had a requirement that the players work on their reading skills at his home after practice.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 15:59
 
State 4-Year Graduation Rate Hits Historic High - 85.8 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:28
North Carolina’s four-year high school graduation rate ticked up to 85.8 percent with the class of 2016, adding an 11th year of consecutive gains on a critical measure of student success. The four-year rate has climbed 17.5 percentage points since 2006, the first year North Carolina reported a cohort rate.
 
Gains among a number of student groups outpaced the state’s overall increase last year, continuing a trend in the state that has seen gaps closing for minority and economically disadvantaged students against the rate for white students and the state’s total overall. Except for students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency, the four-year graduation rate for all groups exceeded 80 percent for the first time in 2016.
 
State Superintendent June Atkinson said North Carolina’s steady improvement in graduation outcomes means that more students from all backgrounds are now finishing high school better positioned for college and careers.
 
“This is good news for our state, and especially good news for students who will have more opportunities available to them because they have completed high school,” Atkinson said.
 
“I’ve highlighted high school graduation rates as one of my major priorities since becoming state superintendent, and I’m especially pleased to see these numbers improve for our diverse student population at the same time that we’ve raised graduation requirements and expectations for students.”
 
The four-year cohort graduation rate for students from low-income families increased by 1 percentage point from 2015, reaching 80.6 percent, while the rate for black students increased by 0.7 points, to 82.9 percent. The gain for both the state overall and for white students was 0.3 percent from 2015 to 2016.
 
The latest increases for student groups that have been underrepresented as high school graduates and in postsecondary education add to 10 years of strong gains in graduation outcomes that have exceeded the state’s overall growth.
 
Compared to the 17.5-point increase for all students combined since 2006, the four-year cohort graduation rate for American Indian students has increased by 30.9 percentage points; for Hispanic students, 27.8 points; for economically disadvantaged students, 25 points; and for black students, 22.5 percent.
 
As a result of those improvements, persistent gaps evident in 2006 have narrowed significantly. The gap between white and black students, for example, has closed by more than half, from 13.1 points in 2006 to 5.7 points in 2016; a similar trend is seen between students from low-income families and the state as a whole, closing from 12.7 points in 2006 to 5.2 points in 2016.
 
The gains in recent years have been achieved along with more demanding graduation requirements. Since 2009, high school students have been required to earn a minimum of 22 course credits, up from 20 previously, and they are expected to complete mathematics through Math 3 as a minimum.
 
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