By Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has posted progress reports with test-score breakdowns, teacher qualifications, safety ratings and other data for each school.
The annual report lands as many parents are researching schools in connection with possible boundary and magnet changes. The pace of data-delving is likely to pick up, as families prepare for CMS's January application period for 2009-10.
The school reports, which were sent home with students last year, are online only this year to save money. Families who don't have access to computers can look up the data at public libraries or view paper copies at schools.
Spanish translations will be available at schools and online in November.
The school board and Superintendent Peter Gorman created the reports to give families a clearer explanation of data that helps them size up schools.
Progress reports include:
A letter from the principal describing strengths, weaknesses and plans to improve.
Current data on student enrollment and demographics, staffing levels and teacher experience and qualifications.
Pass rates on 2009 state exams, with comparisons to district averages and information on racial and economic gaps.
Measures of school safety and discipline.
Measures of parent involvement and satisfaction.
Explanations of the school's performance on state ABC ratings, measures of student progress and federal “Adequate Yearly Progress” ratings.
For high schools, graduation rates, SAT results and participation in Advanced Placement and other advanced courses.
Check your school
Reports are online at www.cms.k12.nc.us; click “2008-09 School Progress Reports” under Bulletin Board.