- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina students, parents and taxpayers are getting the broad, annual update on how the state’s public schools are performing.

The yearly accountability results are to be presented to the State Board of Education on Thursday. The data being released show how well entire schools performed in the academic year that ended in May and how students have done in staying on course to graduate ready for a career or college.

The figures come four years after the state school board raised learning standards to correspond to real-world needs.

Results last year showed about 85 percent of students who entered high school finished in four years, a graduation rate school officials praised as the highest in state history.

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