As superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools,
my top priority is to ensure that we are providing the best educational
opportunities to the 54,000 students who attend our schools. High student
achievement and academic growth, provided in a nurturing, caring
environment, will help our students reach their full potential and prepare
them for college and careers when they graduate from high school.
I’m happy to see that we made minimal strides forward, but we need to continue to improve our results. We adopted three goals in 2014: getting 90 percent of our third-graders proficient in reading, getting our graduation rate to 90 percent, and reducing the achievement gap between subgroups by 10 percentage points while increasing the proficiency of all students. By focusing on these goals, I am confident that we will see improvement in the areas being measured under NC READY.
Of the 71 schools in Forsyth County that received a growth status, 60 percent of our schools met or exceeded their growth goals for the 2015-16 school year. Eight schools exceeded their growth goals, and 35 met their growth goals. Twenty-eight did not meet their growth goals, and 10 do not receive a status. Across the state, 73 percent of schools met or exceeded their growth goals.
Over the past seven years, WS/FCS’s graduation rate has increased 14.9 percentage points from 70.8 in 2008. The rate increased from 85.4 percent in 2014-15 to 85.7 percent last year. The percentage of students graduating in five years also increased from last year from 85.1 to 86.3. The state’s four-year graduation rate in 2016 was 85.8 percent, and its five-year rate was 87.5.
Our community made a commitment in 2008 to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent in 10 years. The hard work of our students, teachers and families, coupled with the help from our community partners, has resulted in the great progress we’ve seen toward our goal.
We are fortunate to live in a community that values public education and understands that teaching and training our youth is a shared responsibility. We look forward to seeing the results possible through the efforts of The Peer Project, a professional development initiative, and Project Impact, an early childhood education initiative.
It is vitally important to keep staff members, students, families and the community informed about the progress we're making, district-wide and school by school. The Report Card material included on this website includes information about our successes, our challenges and other information such as class sizes, attendance, school safety, instructional resources, teacher quality and more. You can view a snapshot of any school in the district, or you can see how the district as a whole is performing.
Please take time to review our Report Card information on this website. On behalf of our students, staff and Board of Education, thank you for your support and commitment to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Beverly Emory, Superintendent