Wake County students continued steady academic growth in 2012-13

Students across the Wake County Public School System demonstrated steady academic progress in the 2012-13 school year, according to results from end-of-grade and end-of-course tests released November 7.

The results show that 140 out of 165 schools met or exceeded expected growth during the 2012-13 academic year. Students met or exceeded expected growth in 11 of 15 subject areas by grade level. According to the data, students also continued to perform above the state average in every subject, at every grade level tested.

“The new standards demand a lot from our teachers and our students. And our students have shown tremendous growth in the past year,” Superintendent Jim Merrill said. “I commend our teachers and students for their work, and parents for their support. I am proud of what we see today.”

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New standards and new exams
End-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) exams administered in 2012-13 are the first tests under new, more rigorous standards called the N.C. Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

With the new standards, students are being asked to learn more, and at earlier ages. They are answering more complex test questions, and on many tests, they must earn more correct answers to earn a passing or proficient score. Because of the entirely new system of standards and tests, it is inaccurate to compare 2012-13 proficiency level results to previous years.

Being measured against these new, more challenging standards means that fewer students meet the definition of proficiency during this initial year. The results for 2012-13 establish a new starting point from which to grow student achievement.

“We begin today to set the stage for a new level of expectation and achievement for Wake County students,” Dr. Merrill said. “If we meet this challenge, as Wake County teachers and staff always have, students will be better prepared for their world upon graduation, and that is our goal.

Parents of all WCPSS test-takers will begin to receive their individual results reports in the coming weeks, along with information explaining the changes in the standards. Parents may also access information on the changes and a guide for talking to their students about the new standards on our Results page.

For more information and complete results, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

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