State superintendent shares predictions for NC public schools in 2016
Posted January 8
WRAL News asked state Superintendent June Atkinson to share her predictions for North Carolina public schools in 2016.
1) Teacher raises
The General Assembly will give teachers the largest salary increase in a decade. Rationale: election year and teachers deserve a raise for education to be competitive with other professions.
2) Reduction in test taking time
A new state testing pilot will be expanded so that teachers, students and parents will receive immediate feedback after assessments with a reduction in test-taking time. Rationale: preliminary results of using the pilot show very positive results from teachers.
3) Decreased enrollment in teacher prep programs
Enrollment in university teacher preparation programs will decrease for the sixth year in a row. Rationale: young people and second career adults must be attracted to the field by having better salaries and necessary resources.
4) All-time high graduation rates
The high school graduation rate will reach another all time high of more than 86 percent while the State Board of Education continues to have higher standards for meeting graduation requirements.
5) More students reading by grade 3
Investments in early reading will begin to pay off by having more students being able to read well by grade 3. Rationale: investments in summer camps for first and second graders will have a positive impact.
6) Preschool programs still an issue
Quality preschool programs will continue to be an issue even though research clearly shows that quality early learning programs have financial benefit to society and to individuals.
7) A personal prediction
I will be re-elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.