School briefs: CHCCS schools’ SAT scores lead the state

October 1, 2013 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro SAT scores lead state

Among public, non-charter and non-magnet schools, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High ranked first and second in the state with combined SAT scores of 1,797 and 1,783 respectively.

Carrboro High students averaged 1,683, which ranked them fifth in the state. The district’s average score is 1,770, which is a four-point increase over last year and represents a 20-point increase in the past two years.

By comparison, North Carolina seniors in 2013 had an average combined SAT score of 1,479, which is a 10-point increase from the previous year, according to The College Board's annual SAT report released this morning. The national average combined score remained the same at 1,498.

“We recognize that this accomplishment reflects the culmination of the hard work that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school,” Magda Parvey, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, said in a news release. “As a district, we continue to strive towards instructional excellence with a goal of meeting the needs of every student to reach their full academic potential.”

CHCCS participation rate was 86 percent, compared to 62 percent in North Carolina and 50 percent throughout the United States.

City schools increase graduation rate

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools recently reported a significant increase in both the four-year and five-year cohort graduation rates.

The four-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2009-10 and finished in four years or less) increased 2.6 percent – from 90 percent in 2012 to 92.6 percent in 2013.

The five-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2008-09) increased 2.5 percent – from 90.8 percent in 2012 to 93.5 percent in 2013.

“We are very pleased with the increase in our graduation rates and we salute all of our hard-working students, teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella. “However, we will not be completely satisfied until every student graduates, and that will continue to be our goal moving forward.”

North Carolina’s four-year cohort graduation rate also continued its upward climb and set another record. In 2013, 82.5 percent of students who started ninth grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 rate of 80.4 percent. The five-year cohort graduation rate for students who entered ninth-grade in 2008-09 showed a five-year graduation rate of 83.1 percent, up from the five-year rate for the 2007-08 ninth-graders of 81.1 percent.

System wins financial reporting award

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the Budget and Finance Department as the group primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The GFOR is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Budget and Finance Department was also recognized similarly by the N.C. Association of School Business Officials.

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