The Daily Tar Heel

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Saturday July 2nd

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of two public schools systems in Orange County. The system is run by the CHCCS Board of Education, which is comprised of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. Under the board is the superintendent. The current superintendent is Tom Forcella.

The district includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, a middle college with Durham Technical Community College and a school for children at UNC Hospitals. These schools serve more than 12,000 students across Orange County.

Learn more about the district's Board of Education here

Browse board meeting agendas and videos here



CHCCS English language learners' test scores drop 30.3 percent from pre-pandemic years

CHCCS recently released student proficiency data for standardized tests conducted in the 2020-21 school year.  The data showed that proficiency scores for students decreased significantly, particularly for English language learners, between 2018-19 and 2020-21, down 13.7 percent. “We don’t know what caused all the changes, and we didn't test all the children,” Diane Villwock, executive director of assessment and research at CHCCS, said. “So when we compare this to '18-'19, and we know the instruction was different, we've got to be really careful to not lean too hard on that comparison. It's not apples to apples.”

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Data from the 2019 to 2020 school year.

Decades after CHCCS desegregation, data shows racial disparities persist

This year marks 60 years since desegregation began in CHCCS. But even now, across the district’s 20 schools, white students access more opportunity and face less discipline than Black students, according to a Daily Tar Heel analysis of the most recently available federal, state and local data. Statewide, white children were 3.7 times more likely to be in a gifted program than their Black peers. At East Chapel Hill High School during the 2019-20 school year, white students were 4.3 times more likely to be enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement class than Black students. For nine of the 10 schools that reported short-term suspension rates for white and Black students, Black students were at least 11 times more likely to be suspended than white students. 

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