Did You Know?

Did you know that Hawthorne High posted the highest year-over-year gains in overall student performance of any CMS high school?  

Did you know that Hawthorne High posted the highest year-over-year gains in overall student performance of any CMS high school?  MeckEd decided to look at year-over-year performance of every public (charter and district) school in Mecklenburg County.  When we looked at high schools, a number of interesting data points emerged.  First a disclaimer.  Data doesn’t tell us everything about a school but it does tell us something.  At the very least, data, and how it is interpreted, can tell a story. In this case, we decided that any school with a School Performance Score 2 or more points above last year’s score would be illustrated as “improving” and noted with an up arrow. Any school with a School Performance Score lower than two points over last year’s score would be shown as “declining” with a down arrow.   Not hard science, but a place to launch a conversation.

Hawthorne High came in with a score of “B.”  Perhaps more importantly, Hawthorne High posted a whopping 17-point improvement in its 2015-2016 School Performance Scores over its 2014-2015 School Performance Scores.   This can be described in a very non-academic way as AWESOME!

Lots of district and charter public schools posted more modest year-over-year gains and losses.  The only other high school that shows a substantial change in performance (more than 5 points either way) is CMS’s Performance Learning Center, which has a C rating and posts a 14-point decline over last year’s School Performance Score.

What does this all mean?  We are interested in your thoughts and encourage you explore MeckEd’s Interactive Maps on our webpage at www.mecked.org.  There are lots of stories to be told.  Many of them good, and others that highlight the work that we have to do together to make sure that all of our students have access to the quality education they deserve.

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