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Sustained, Dramatically Increasing Science Scores

North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) enroll 140,000 students, with 51 percent of those students receiving free and reduced lunches. While it faces many challenges, the district is also known as a leader in instructional innovation. The leadership recognized the need to make the district’s science instruction more interactive and engaging. In addition, they wanted to build the confidence of their teachers.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC

Watch this video and learn how Charlotte-Mecklenburg administrators have taken a content first approach to integrating technology in their classrooms.


CMS identified two goals they wanted to address as they transformed their classrooms:
  • Reinvent science education to prepare students for a 21st century workforce
  • Prepare educators for digital content integration and transition to Common Core Standards


CMS and Discovery Education agreed that in addition to inspiring content, they also needed to train the teachers to ensure effective use of digital instructional materials in the classroom:

ResultsDouble-Digit Gains in Student Proficiency

Evidence shows that when educators within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools used Discovery Education Science with students, it led to increased student performance on end-of-course exams.

After using Science Techbook to hone their skills, 5th and 8th grade students are much better prepared for the future.
  • 12 percentage-point increase in college and career readiness for 5th- and 8th-grade science students (2013-2016)
  • Six percentage-point increase in proficiency for 5th-grade science students (2015-2016)
  • 10.5 percentage-point leap over state proficiency scores for Math 1 students (2015-2016)

What People Are Saying


"Our first job as educators is to help students succeed, and year over year, we've seen Discovery Education Techbook make a difference in our students' math and science proficiency levels."

Ann Clark
Former Superintendent
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC)


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