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Wake highly ranked in ‘educational productivity’ among NC districts

A report issued this month by the Center for American Progress ranks the Wake County Public School System as one of the most educationally productive in North Carolina.

The report uses data from 2011, the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education, to evaluate the achievement of the country’s public school systems relative to their spending.

An interactive analysis of North Carolina districts is available alongside the report.

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. Continue Reading . . .

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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SAT results show 7-point increase in average score in WCPSS

The average SAT score for Wake County high school seniors who took the exam in the 2012-13 school year is up seven points from the previous year, according to results released September 26 by the College Board.

WCPSS seniors earned an average of 1572 on the college entrance exam, surpassing the state average by 93 points and exceeding the national average by 74 points. Wake County test takers also continued to outperform students in the state’s other large urban districts. (See “WCPSS Compared to Other N.C. Districts” below.)

WCPSS students made gains in critical reading, where the average score increased by three points, and in the writing portion of the exam, for which the average score increased by six points. The average score on the math portion of the exam dipped two points. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS Class of 2013 shows good performance on ACT exam

Results from the ACT college readiness exam, released nationally on Wednesday, August 21, show that Wake County Public School System students scored above the state average in all subject areas. The district’s composite score was only four-tenths of a point behind the national average, which is heavily weighted with college-bound students who have opted to take the ACT.  In North Carolina, all school systems including WCPSS require high school juniors to take the ACT, regardless of college intentions.

The ACT is a college admissions exam similar to the SAT that measures what students have learned in their high school courses, and helps educators identify the information that students still need to learn to succeed in college or a career. The multiple-choice test measures a student’s understanding of English, math, reading, and science. WCPSS students exceeded the national average in math, and they were within percentages of a point on most other measures.

“This is evidence of quality teaching and learning in our high school classrooms,” said Superintendent Jim Merrill. “We are off to a good start in our first year of testing all juniors.”  Continue Reading . . .

Learning English takes time

A Data and Accountability report found that the extent to which students are able to become proficient in English over four years varies based on when they enter WCPSS schools (about 40% at kindergarten, 50% at grades 6 or 7, and only 25% at grade 9) and their initial level of English proficiency.
Read the WCPSS Data and Accountability Department report under “Achievement Gap Reports”.

Conducting research in WCPSS

Researchers: remember to secure permission before collecting new data or conducting research in WCPSS involving school staff, students or parents. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS dropout rate decreases in 2011-12

The Wake County Public School System’s dropout rate continues to improve and falls below the state average for the 14th year in a row. The dropout rate decreased to 2.83 percent in 2011-12 from 3.25 percent in 2010-11 for Wake County high schools, according to new data released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Continue Reading . . .

Two WCPSS high schools recognized for high graduation rate

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated Green Hope and Panther Creek high schools for their high 2011-12 graduation rates. Atkinson met with Green Hope Principal Jim Hedrick and Panther Creek Principal Rodney Nelson, as well as representatives from other schools at a luncheon held in Durham on Wednesday. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS releases 2011-12 SAT scores

Wake County high school seniors continue to achieve high scores on the SAT, according to College Board results released today. WCPSS students continue to achieve higher average scores on the college entrance exam than students across the state and the nation. Continue Reading . . .