What should CMS do to address persistently low performance by large numbers of students at many schools?
CMS is performing better than ever before; test scores and graduation rates are at all-time highs among all cohorts, even as the percentage of economically disadvantaged continues to rise. East Meck moved graduation rates from 2009 of 73% to 90% today. Olympic HS in 2005 had composite EOG of 53%, and today, after Gates Foundation initiative and heavy involvement of area businesses, those rates are closer to 90% with the same Title One demographic profile as before. Alignment SouthWest Charlotte provides a model of success in connecting elementary and middle feeder programs to high schools and employers, with community and faith groups. Such results cannot be denied, and offer case studies of best practices to be replicated across the County.