• CMS public elementary school classroom

    Hundreds turn out to discuss the state of education in Charlotte at TEDxCharlotteED

    Last week, hundreds were on hand to discuss education and alternative ways to teach our children at TEDxCharlotteED, an event highlighting innovative partnerships that are strengthening the community and enriching the lives of students in the Charlotte region.
  • CMS public elementary school classroom.

    CMS: Mapping measures of progress and pain

    Data on schools and school districts are abundant.  Both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s websites hold a wealth of data at both levels.  But with a district as large as CMS, it is painstaking work to analyze school-level data in a meaningful way.  In June 2011, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute developed a set of interactive maps in partnership with MeckEd to make this rich data more approachable.  These maps have now been updated with the most recent figures available, the 2010-11 school year.
  • The highs and lows of high school graduation rates

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools have some of the region's highest graduation rates. They also have some of the lowest.  A look at recently released public high school graduation rates for North Carolina shows a wide disparity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Yet CMS as a whole, compared to other systems in the region, has the lowest overall graduation rate, 72.2 percent.The new data showed improvement for N.C. students from the previous year and a continuted, gradual increase over the past several years.