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Local News
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State High School Exams To Delay Some First Semester Grades

CMS high school students may find a bunch of incompletes on their report cards when they get them back in a couple weeks.  It’s not their fault.  State exams will delay some first semester grades.  

High school students are taking several new state exams this week.  They’re designed to measure how much teachers get their students to learn.  To make sure kids take them seriously, the tests count for 20 percent of a student’s grade. 

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Local News
9:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

CMS Expects 5,000 3rd-Graders In Summer Reading Camps; Seeks Flexibility

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools expects to have 5,000 third-graders qualify for reading camps this summer as a result of the state's new third grade reading requirement. District officials worry state money won't come close to covering the cost of these camps.  They’re asking the state for flexibility on the camps, as well as all the tests that come with the new third grade reading law. 


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Local News
12:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

More CMS Schools To Give Star Teachers New Duties, Higher Pay

A class at Ashley Park. The school started using the new staffing model this year.
Credit Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 


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Education
8:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Districts Work To Identify Top Teachers For Bonuses

Teachers did not get a raise this year, but state lawmakers have set aside bonuses for the top 25 percent of teachers next year.  It’s up to school districts to figure out who those teachers are -- and that’s no easy task. 


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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CMS Math, Reading Scores Remain The Same

CMS fourth and eighth graders are performing about the same in math and reading as they were two years ago, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress.  The tests have been given to a sample of students across the country since 2003.  At a time when state tests are drastically changing, these scores provide a way to compare student performance from year to year. 

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Local News
8:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Keeping High School Athletes Honest About Where They Live

Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.  In 2007, a Charlotte Observer investigation found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams. 

The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.  Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.  CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.  Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.  CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:

Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.


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Arts & Life
10:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Sacrificial Poets' Teach Students How To Spit Poetry

Starr Seward, the Sacrificial Poets’ Program Coordinator, writes down 'problems of the world' on the whiteboard.
Tasnim Shamma

Spoken word poetry is about dramatic storytelling. A Raleigh performance poetry group called Sacrificial Poets is performing at UNC Charlotte this weekend. They're in town for a three-day residency that involves teaching college students and visiting some local schools to teach them about the art of busting a rhyme.

Sacrificial Poets artist director Kane "Novakane" Smego, starts off the class with a piece about growing up in Durham with a single mother.  

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Local News
4:10 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

CMS Report Cards Delayed One Week

Most CMS parents and students will have to wait an extra week for last quarter’s report cards.  The delay is due to more problems with PowerSchool.  That’s the new software schools across the state are using to do everything from scheduling classes to tracking students’ grades. 

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Local News
5:30 am
Fri November 8, 2013

CMS Above Average On New Tests; Union Co. Second-Highest

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison discusses the lower test scores for the 2012-2013 school year at a press conference Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

CMS students scored slightly above the state average on new standardized test scores released by the state Thursday. But new tests aligned with national Common Core standards caused scores to drop significantly for all districts in North Carolina.


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Local News
5:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

School Districts Get A Closer Look At New Test Results

CMS officials announce the test scores on Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The North Carolina Department of Education Thursday released the school-by-school results of last year’s end of grade and end of class tests. It was the first year for more rigorous exams that test for national Common Core standards. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen gives All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey a breakdown of the numbers.


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