by Eric Ginsburg


Education advances and stagnates

The good news: Guilford County’s graduation rate rose again this year, hitting a new high of 86.2 percent, according to a press release. The nearly 2 percent bump was aided by significant improvements at High Point Central High School and Western High School, with 6.9 and 6.7 percent increases respectively. It certainly didn’t hurt that eight schools — including the district’s middle colleges — boasted a 100 percent graduation rate.

The bad news: Even though the number of suspension days dropped at three of the schools picked as pilot programs for an initiative targeting a higher achievement rate for black male students, the program missed its literacy goals.

“None of the literacy pilot schools reached their year-one goals; the data showed that students made growth in reading, but did not make enough progress to reach grade level,” a press release said. “At the end of the 2012-13 school year, 72 percent of K-3 students in GCS were proficient in literacy. Only 63 percent of African-American males demonstrated the same skill level.”

The Guilford County Board of Education meets Thursday at 6 p.m. in its Eugene Street boardroom.