Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has received widespread national recognition for its academic excellence and innovation. Here are some highlights of recent district achievements and successes.
Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also showed gains in percentages of students demonstrating readiness for college and career on end-of-year English, math, and biology tests. Again, the district's results were higher than the state average and higher than many of the large districts in the state.
Proficiency rates on state end-of-year tests have also increased among subgroups. All subgroups in grades three through eight see gains in math and reading, with black and Hispanic students showing the highest increases in subgroups. This means that the district continues to close the achievement gap between groups of students. All subgroups are also showing improvement in science, English II, math and biology.
The CMS composite scores on the ACT, another test that measures student readiness for college, rose by fourth-tenths of a point in English, two-tenths of a point in reading and three-tenths of a point in math, for an overall composite score of 18.7, an increase of two-tenths of a point over the prior year.
The International Baccalaureate program is globally recognized for its academic rigor and excellence. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has 19 programs at 15 schools -- more than any other district in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is ranked fourth in the nation in the number of National Board-certified teachers, with 1,995 teachers who have earned the prestigious certification.