New Hanover schools have highest graduation rate to date

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Statewide assessments are out and the New Hanover County school district has some very good reasons to be proud.

A schools spokeswoman says the graduation rate in the county is at it’s highest rate to date at nearly 88 percent including a nearly 84 percent rate for African-American students.

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Testing scores exceeded the state performance with significant increases in science scores in grades 5 and 8.

The district also has several of the highest performing elementary schools in the state.

“We have significantly increased our graduation rate from last year and will
continue to focus improvement in all areas,” NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley
said. “I give credit to all the schools for working to improve the success
for all students.”

“While we celebrate our successes, the current system of grading schools remains
flawed. Too often, it measures the affluence of the school’s population. For
example, Freeman Elementary exceeded subgroup growth expectations with its
largest student group with a subgroup score of 85.9%, however, that success was not
reflected in the school’s performance grade. The performance grade is not
reflective of the hard work and dedication of the Freeman staff,’ Dr. Markley

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