Board Approves Goals to Guide Strategic Planning

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2018

Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Board Approves Goals to Guide Strategic Planning
Goals focus on academics, career and technical education, achievement gap

Greensboro, N.C. – Five goals will help guide the district as it creates its next strategic plan. The board voted to adopt those goals at its meeting on Jan. 9.

The five goals are:

* Goal I: By 2022, the percentage of students who will read proficiently by the end of third grade will increase to 63 percent (currently 53.4 percent).

* Goal II: 75 percent of incoming sixth grade students will pass NC Math I (Algebra I) with a C or better by the end of their ninth grade year in 2022 (currently 69.8 percent)

* Goal III: By 2022, the percentage of graduating seniors who complete a rigorous career pathway will increase to 35 percent (currently 28.6 percent).

* Goal IV: By 2022, increase by 50 percent the number of schools that exceed growth (currently 32.5 percent).

* Goal V: By 2022, decrease the achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white peers by 7 percentage points.

“These goals will guide the district’s work and help us align our resources,” said Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras. “By focusing on these five areas, we can improve specific outcomes so that students are prepared to succeed.”

The goals were developed using feedback from the superintendent’s transition team, a 100-member group including parents, community members, educators and national experts in school transformation. The team’s recommendations were used to generate the report found here. The goals also were created using feedback from the superintendent’s Listen and Learn tour and ongoing focus groups.

The board discussed the goals in more detail at a work session on Dec. 20. The goals will shape the creation of the district’s next strategic plan, which will be released later this year.

About Guilford County Schools
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