UCPS grad rate recognized

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 03:26 PM

Union County Public Schools was among 10 districts recognized by State Superintendent for Public Instruction June Atkinson Monday.

Union County was 10th in the top 10 districts and was the largest of the recognized districts. Union County was recognized as having the highest graduation rate of the large school districts, where large is defined as more than 2,000 students. 

Union County’s graduation rate this year is 90.8 percent. 

“The Union County Public Schools system is very proud of all of our graduates,

 Spokesperson Rob Jackson wrote in an e-mail. “We remain committed to our goal of seeing 100 percent of our students graduate. We continue to focus on providing every child a sound, basic education as measured by achieving a Level 3 or higher on state testing.”

In addition to the district as a whole, several high schools were also recognized. 

Union County Early College was in the 100 percent club, as it is called, along with 36 other high schools in the state. 

Central Academy of Technology and Arts and Weddington High School were recognized in the category of schools with between 200 to 299 students. Central Academy’s graduation rate was 99 percent and Weddington’s was 98.6 percent. 

Marvin Ridge High School was recognized in the category of schools with 300 to 399 students or “cohorts” with a graduation rate of 99.7 percent. 

“Last year, our statewide graduation rate increased to 82.5 percent while students and teachers transitioned to new state standards and assessments and many schools faced significant financial challenges,” Atkinson said in a statement. “This outstanding accomplishment is a testament to the high quality teachers and school leaders we are fortunate to have in our schools. I commend principals and teachers in these schools for their resilience, enthusiasm and their commitment to preparing all students for success in the future.”