National Trends vs our Middle School Data

The chart reflects the nation’s growth, or the lack thereof. I am simply stating the facts. These challenges we face as a district require all of us working collaboratively and
cooperatively. The only things that have risen is cost of employees and the cost to educate students. Academic scores have remained flat since 1970 when considering the entire USA.

The trends I mentioned above don’t tell the full picture. Nationally and locally, there are achievement gaps. He is how gaps were narrowed at Columbia Public Schools over the past year, particularly for African-American students.

I am very excited about the growth. This is awesome and an indication of the hard work and dedication of secondary administrators. We have tremendous momentum and we will keep up the great work in order to do even better for all students.

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