Wake teachers top the state in effectiveness

The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is one of only four school districts in North Carolina where more than 90 per cent of teachers met or exceeded student academic growth standards on NC’s new Teacher Effectiveness Index for 2012-13. In Wake, 91.6 per cent of teachers met or exceeded academic growth standards. The smaller Dare County school system’s index tied Wake.  The smaller Watauga County system’s teachers scored a 92 per cent, and 90.2 per cent of teachers in Cabarrus County Schools met or exceeded standards. The state average for North Carolina is 79.3 per cent.

“This data demonstrates undeniably that Wake teachers are going above and beyond the call of duty. They deserve our greatest appreciation for their hard work,” said Superintendent James Merrill.

The ratings are based on a formula developed by Cary’s SAS Institute. As students’ test scores are reported, the formula is designed to present a more accurate picture of the teacher’s actual contribution by factoring in attributes such as poverty and learning disabilities.

“For more than 90 per cent of teachers in a school system the size of Wake to meet or exceed standards is truly remarkable,” said Dr. Merrill. “This is a badge of honor for our community. Thank you to each and every one of our excellent teachers!”

The chart below includes scores for the top four school systems, regional districts, as well as scores for NC’s larger systems. Complete data can be found at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s website.

Education Unit Met Exceeded  # Tchrs. Total
Johnston County 55.7% 17.3% 679 73%
Cumberland County 58.6% 17.9% 1015 76.5%
Charlotte-Meck 55.6% 21.4% 2552 77%
Guilford County 61.2% 16.7% 1489 77.9%
Durham County 58.7% 19.7% 681 78.4%
North Carolina 56% 23.3% 30,353 79.3%
New Hanover County 58.1% 22.8% 721 80.9%
Forsyth County 58.4% 22.7% 1088 81.1%
Orange County 65.3% 19.3% 149 84.6%
Chapel Hill-Carrboro 53.9% 35.6% 284 89.5%
Cabarrus County 63.2% 27% 993 90.2%
Dare County 56.1% 35.5% 142 91.6%
Wake County 50.8% 40.8% 3270 91.6%
Watauga County 60% 32% 115 92%




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