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Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rates Rise for CHCCS

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools received encouraging news from North Carolina Public Schools on September 2, reflecting an increase in four-year cohort high school graduation rates for 2019-2020. The gains were especially notable among Black Students, Students with Disabilities and Economically Disadvantaged Students.

For CHCCS students overall, the graduation rate rose from 90.9 for 2018-2019 to 92.7 this year. Black students achieved nearly a 10 point increase, from 78.6 to 88.0. The leap among Students with Disabilities was even more pronounced, from 72.4 to 84.2. 

The state’s overall high school graduation rate increased from 86.5 to 87.6 percent for the class of 2020. The statewide gains among student groups continued to grow from recent years as well. North Carolina began reporting the cohort graduation rate in 2006, at which point the figure was 68.3 percent for all students.

The College Board released state and national scores for the SAT on September 9. CHCCS students scored slightly lower this year than last -  a dip from an overall average score of 1287 in 2019 to 1270 this year. The state’s average score is 1,089, and the national average this year is 1,030.

“We are very pleased to see the overall results of our graduation rates. This is a direct result of many years of hard work on the part of our staff, students and families," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby. "Unfortunately, not every student enjoyed that same success. For that reason, we will continue the work, and, I'm confident, we will achieve the ultimate goal."