North Carolina Employment and Education

Graduation rates have gone up in the past fifteen years. In 1990 the graduation rate was only 70% and in 2000 it was at 78.1%. NAEP scores have shown an actual decline in test scores. While averages remain high in math, reading seems to be more of a problem for students in the state. In 2003, 85% of students were proficient in math basics or above skills, while in 2005 the score was down two percent. On reading tests, the scores were much lower, with 66% at basic levels or above in 2003, and 62% in 2005.