Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman said Tuesday the district has made many gains in academic performance in recent years, though notes the progress isn't happening nearly quickly enough for all students.
Gorman made the comments during a joint meeting between the school board and county commissioners where he presented a 76-page document detailing district performance on a host of standardized tests and other benchmarks like graduation rates.
Click here to read the entire presentation. Warning: the file is 15 mb in size, so give yourself a few minutes to let the page load.
Among the highlights:
-- Elementary and middle school students performed better on end-of-grade tests taken last year. The achievement gap between races and income levels has narrowed in math scores, but widened in reading and science.
-- Nearly 80 percent of students were proficient last year on career and technical education (or VoCATS) assessment results, an increase from 55.7 percent in 2005-06.
As this story in today's Observer notes, leaders from both sides say they hope the academic gains aren't severely undermined as the district faces a second year of steep budget cuts.
Have more time? The county taped yesterday's two-hour meeting. To watch, click here and choose the link "Joint Meeting with BOCC and Board of Education" -- April Bethea