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Districtwide survey for input on learning, technology

WCPSS is a leader among school districts in instructional technology, but there is always more that can be done. One important component of giving our students the best we can offer academically is to listen to them, along with their parents, the broader community and, of course, our teachers.

We are partnering with Project Tomorrow SpeakUp to learn more about what those we serve think about learning in our schools, specifically around how technology supports that learning. SpeakUp is an online survey for teachers, parents, students and community supporters.

WCPSS encourages everyone who cares about their school to take the survey. You can do so by visiting and following the directions to select your category (parent, teacher, student, etc.), and then to select your school for the survey.

IMPORTANT: Students must enter a password for access. That password is wake2014.
The survey will close on Dec. 19, but don’t worry! We’ll send reminders periodically to ensure as much feedback as possible — from you!

High school students invited to Sept. 21 Wake County College Fair

High school juniors and seniors are invited to meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at the Wake County College Fair on Sunday, September 21. The fair will offer free sessions on financial aid and college planning and is jointly sponsored by the Carolinas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and WCPSS. Admission and parking are free.

WHAT: Wake County College Fair

WHEN: 2 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21

Sessions on Financial Aid are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Sessions on Preparing for College are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: McKimmon Center at N.C. State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

New bus routes available today for traditional calendar schools

New 2014-15 bus routes for WCPSS traditional calendar schools are available online today at

Families should check the bus routes to find the stop on the list closest to their address. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route. Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.

WCPSS Transportation encourages parents to review bus safety and their family bus plan with their children to get the new school year off to a great start.

PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal unavailable until August 15

PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal will be unavailable until August 15 while schedules are being finalized for middle and high schools currently not in session.


Have you received your student’s EOC or EOG test results?

Parents of traditional-calendar, modified-calendar and year-round Track 1 students:

WCPSS has mailed individual student score reports from End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, NCEXTEND1, and NCEXTEND2 tests.

NOTE: This does not apply to parents of year-round tracks 2, 3, and 4. Scores for those students will be mailed in early August.

Parents/ guardians who still have not received score reports for their students should contact either the school where the student tested, or the school where the student is currently enrolled (even if in a different district or state). Upon contacting the school, parents or school staff will submit a form requesting a duplicate report, and will contact the parent when it is available.

Parents with additional questions should contact their students’ schools.

Take our online survey.

As the Wake County Public School System continues to work on a new strategic plan for the district, we are asking the community to provide input throughout the process. In May, focus groups with numerous community stakeholder groups were held to gather information about the priorities for the district and our students. Continue Reading . . .

For parents: Getting ready for year-end tests


The last few weeks of the academic year means that thousands of Wake County students are starting to take exams to demonstrate all they have learned this year.

Parents play an important role in helping their students feel prepared.

How to help your student

  • Help your student keep a consistent sleep schedule for several nights before the test.
  • Encourage consistent and healthy eating. Make sure your student gets a good breakfast the day of the test at home or at school.
  • Exercise with your student or play games to help relieve stress or pre-test jitters.
  • Let your student know you believe in him and support him. Build his confidence by reviewing all he has learned this year.

Continue Reading . . .

Wait list results now available

Wait list results were posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in your online parent account. The wait lists will now be dissolved and your student will be assigned to the school indicated for the 2014-15 school year.

Please keep in mind that most available seats are filled during the application periods. Some students do get placed during the first wait list processing as seats become available. By the second wait list processing, there are few available seats and few students get placed.

Important Note: if a student is seated at a new school from the waitlist, their former school assignment will be relinquished. There will be no opportunity to decline the new assignment, and no guarantee that the student will be able to return to their previous school.

School wait list update: Removal deadline is Friday, May 16

Families with students on school wait lists should have received an important email update on Wednesday, May 14.

The Office of Student Assignment has good news: final wait lists will be processed two weeks earlier than originally scheduled—this means families will get their results sooner. Continue Reading . . .

Proctors needed for Testing Season

Proctor training for Central Services Administrators is underway and organizers are issuing the call for assistance.  Proctors serve an important role as an additional monitor who helps the test administrator to ensure testing occurs fairly and uniformly. Proctors are assigned by school Test Coordinators to assist during the administration of testing to all students in grades third through eighth and in high school courses for which an End of Course or NC Final Exam is administered. proctor 2

proctor 2Proctors are desperately needed during the last two weeks of school, as all testing must be given during the last 5 to 10 days before the last day of school for each calendar type, such as all year round tracks and modified calendar schools.

All proctors must attend a test administration training session and agree to fulfill the duties described.  Community members are also encouraged to sign up to proctor and are welcome to contact the schools of their choice to offer their time. Volunteers will be trained to serve as a proctor by the school test coordinator.   If an individual has not signed up to volunteer in our schools previously, WCPSS provides a volunteer sign-up process that is open on Mondays between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The sign up process for volunteers will end on May 19. If you wish to participate, please sign up by May 19th at:

WCPSS  staff who want to volunteer assisting schools auntitleds they scramble to prepare for end of year testing can receive proctor training provided by the Testing Office.  All WCPSS Central Services Administrators interested in supporting the schools and serving as a proctor can sign up for a training session in eSchools . If you are trained by the Testing Office, you will not need to be trained at the school and vice versa. Testing Administrators say it’s a perfect opportunity for everyone to come together to support our schools and our students!


The next scheduled training session is:

Where: Testing Office -Rock Quarry Road, Bldg. F
When: Tuesday, May 13, at 1:00 PM

WCPSS staff who are not available for the above scheduled training are encouraged to contact the testing office to schedule a training session email:





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