Guilford Co. schools superintendent gives state of schools address, lays out 2016 plan
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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County school superintendent Mo Green delivered his fourth annual state of our schools address Thursday night.
The address was a look back at student progress and a push forward for future success. Four years after the Guilford County School District's first strategic plan, Green showcased the results.
Graduation rates increased in Guilford County Schools to 84.5 percent.
"If you look back just a few years, we were in the 70 percentile range. So we certainly made a lot of progress. But when I talk about excellence, that's what I mean. I want us to be at 90 percent and beyond 90 percent,” said Green.
High school graduates received a record-breaking $139 million in college scholarships and students surpassed their goal of reading 3 million books last year.
However there are areas of struggle. Reading proficiency is sliding and for SAT scores participation is up but scores are down.
"It is not sufficient. There is much more work we must do," said Green.
With that in mind, a strategic goal for 2016 is laid out with emphasis on personalizing learning. Part of that goal includes plans to provide tablets to every student as funding becomes available.
"This is how our children learn today. They can take full advantage of the technology tools out there and we want to equip them with them. It will be a game-changer because they will truly have the technology that they can access, curriculum, materials from all over the world,” said Green.
To see the details of the strategic goal for 2016, click here.