CMS progress reports now available

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released progress reports for district schools last week. The reports, created at the request of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, are intended to help keep parents informed about their children’s schools and will be prepared annually.
The four-page reports provide data from the 2009-10 school year and are available for every school that was open last year. Schools that opened this school year will have their first progress reports next year.
The reports, compiled by the district’s Office of Accountability, provide a variety of information about each school, including demographics, test scores, teacher education, safety and perception.
“We want to provide a three-dimensional picture of our schools to parents,” Superintendent Peter Gorman said in a news release. “Test results are certainly an important measure – but they don’t provide a complete picture of an individual school.”
The information chosen for inclusion in the CMS School Progress Reports also aligns with the district’s strategic goals.
To help parents better understand how the district measures student progress, the reports include descriptions of the accountability measures used by CMS, including Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. For high schools, information about college testing and advanced courses is also included.
To save money and resources, the reports are posted online, rather than printed and sent home with students. Spanish translations of the reports are made available to schools with large populations of Spanish-speaking students.
To view the progress reports, visit the CMS website, www.cms.k12.nc.us, and click on the left-side link for “Departments,” then “Office of Accountability,” then “Progress Reports.”

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