by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2017-18 accountability results. Statewide reading and math performance is flat. Math scores increased in grades 7 and 8, while third-grade reading proficiency dropped by nearly two percentage points over the last year.
In addition, the statewide 4-year graduation rate was 86.3 percent last year, which is a slight drop from the year before.