No Child Left Behind en Graduation Rate At All-Time High <p>North Carolina hit an all-time high graduation rate in 2012. More than 80 percent of high school seniors earned their diplomas.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt:</strong> The 4-year graduation rate went up by more than two full percentage points from 2011. In six years, the graduation rate has gone up by nearly 12 percentage points.<br><br>School officials pointed to a wide range of local efforts to propel students to graduation. Hispanic students made the largest gain in the graduation rate.<br><br>The graduation numbers were released as part of the state’s annual ABC testing results.<br> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:22:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 1959 at Leaving No Child Left Behind <p>Although put into law with bipartisan support in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act has failed to create a good accountability system to best serve schools. Due to its shortcomings, many states have petitioned for exemption from the act. This Tuesday, President Obama granted eight states, including North Carolina, exemptions from the most rigorous parts of No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed accountability systems. Host Frank Stasio is joined by Dave Dewitt, WUNC’s education reporter, to take a look at the changes and their potential effects.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:26:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Stella Strohmeier 4531 at NC Gets NCLB Waiver <p>North Carolina is one of eight states that have been granted a waiver from some of the most significant requirements of the education law "No Child Left Behind."<br> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 2433 at DPI To Seek Waiver From Feds <p>North Carolina will be one of the states seeking a waiver from the Department of Education, exempting it from parts of No Child Left Behind. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan <a href="">announced this week</a> that he will allow some states to opt out of the controversial education law.</p><p>State Superintendent June Atkinson says educators have become increasingly unhappy with No Child Left Behind's all-or-nothing system of judging schools.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:05:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8250 at Test Results Mixed <p>Another round of statewide test results came out on Thursday. More high school students are graduating, but more schools across North Carolina are falling further behind more challenging goals.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8259 at Schools Display Mixed Results <p>School districts released preliminary results on Adequate Yearly Progress today. And the results, as usual, are mixed.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:20:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8321 at