CCS’ Graduation Rate Soars to Highest Rate Ever
Published by Angel Hoggard on September 5, 2019

Fayetteville, NC – According to data released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Wednesday morning, Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) graduation rate increased by 1.7 points to 83.7% for the 2018-2019 school year, which is the highest graduation rate in CCS’ history. Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College, Cumberland Polytechnic High and Reid Ross Classical High each had 100% graduation rates.

Districtwide, proficiency measures for Grade 8 English-Language Arts, Grades 6-8 Math, Grades 5 and 8 Science, and Biology showed increases, many of which are above the state average. CCS experienced a decline in Grades 3-5 English-Language Arts, Grades 3-5 Math, Grades 6 and 7 English-Language Arts, English II and Math I. Math I scores were impacted by the new rules that no longer apply banked scores from the middle schools. Even with the decline across the state, CCS Math I scores are above the state average.

Accountability Overview

  • 63.2% of schools in CCS met or exceeded growth expectations.
  • 67.3% of elementary schools met or exceeded growth.
  • 38.9% of middle schools met or exceeded growth.
  • 76.5% of high schools met or exceeded growth.
  • 18.4% of schools in CCS exceeded growth and 44.8% met growth.
  • 40.6% of CCS’ English Learners showed progress on their required ACCESS Assessment compared to 38.6% of the state.

Other Required High School Assessments
The ACT is an assessment administered to all 11th-grade students. The goal is to have a college-bound reportable score of at least 17 in order to be deemed proficient. In CCS, a decrease of 1.7% to 50.9% was seen on the ACT.

The ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered to any senior who is identified as a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Completer. The goal is to have a reported score of at least a silver status in order to be deemed proficient. In CCS, an overall increase of .07% to 64.2 % was seen on The ACT WorkKeys assessment.

School Performance Grades (SPG)
Each school in North Carolina is issued a School Performance Grade (SPG). CCS was given the following School Performance Grade designations: A= 4 (4.8%), B = 23 (27.4%), C = 33 (39.3%), D = 23 (27.4%), and F = 1 (1.1%).

“We’re taking a minute to pause and celebrate the increases in our graduation rate and certain content areas, but we know that we have a lot of work to do,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., noting that the district’s newly implemented Strategic Plan is focused on improving the academic success of students.

“We are investing in high-quality curriculum resources, professional development for educators and a tiered support structure to help allocate resources where they are needed most,” Connelly said. “Our team is working diligently to implement our research-based Strategic Plan and instructional framework with fidelity. In order to continue moving forward as a district, it will take a concerted effort to help our students thrive in the classroom and in life.”



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