Certain current School Board members praise CMS' great achievements over the last years. The following facts are intended to serve as a reality check. Please judge for yourself whether we need to change things, or should be satisfied with more of the same policies and strategies!
Public Opinion about CMS in Charlotte / Mecklenburg County
Only 35% of surveyed residents rate the quality of public education in CMS good or very good.
Almost a third give poor or very poor ratings to CMS, worse than the ratings for North Carolina.
A clear majority of respondents agree strongly that individual schools should have more authority in deciding what should be done to improve student achievement.
Half of the respondents agree that standardized tests are not a proven idicator of academic improvement.
Source: CMS School Reform Survey, June/July 2011, conducted by MARKETWISE, INC. for Carolina PR/Educating Change Campaign
Comparison to neighboring counties:
8th-grade Reading at or above grade level:
Union County: 81%
Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell-Statesville, Lincoln, Newton-Conover, Stanly: over 70%
8th-grade Math at or above grade level:
Cabarrus, Union, Newton, Stanly: over 90%
Graduation Rate - 4-year cohort:
Fort Mill: 92%
Newton-Conover, Mooresville, Union, Catawba, Iredell-Statesville: over 80%
CMS: 70% (lowest of in region of 21 counties except Anson)
Source: UNCC Urban Institute - Regional Indicators Project, Charlotte 2011, for more details visit http://ri.uncc.edu/indicators/3/education?theme=3&indicator=17&measure=94Žion=0
Student Achievement in School Year 2010-2011:
Only 85% of CMS schools made expected or high growth, compared to 94% a year ago.
End-of-course test results for 2009:
CMS - At grade level: 75%
CMS Student Survey 2010:
"I think I am safe when I am at school" - 76%
"I like being a student at this school" - 48%
"School work is interesting" - 15%
CMS Teacher Survey:
"My school's discipline policies are effective" - 72% Down in the 20% range in certain schools.
"Effective strategies to catch students with weapons" - 66% Down in the 40% range in certain schools.
"My principal is an effective leader" - 73% Down in the 40% range in certain schools.
Source: CMS survey published in Charlotte Observer, Charlotte 2011, for more details visit http://www.charlotteobserver.com/static/includes/datapages/cmsprofile/sk600579.htm
Newsweek list of America's Best High Schools:
This year: Only two made the list (Providence #186, Myers Park #439)
Last year, CMS had 13 schools on the list.
Copyright with Dr. Plotseneder for School Board Committee