Diversity and equity are key components of our strategic plan. Our vision is that all of our students will be prepared to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world. Our goal is that by the year 2020, we will annually graduate at least 95% of our students ready for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career.
We are committed to working to eliminate racial or socioeconomic inequities within our school system by eliminating achievement gaps and disparities in student discipline.
Office of Equity Affairs
In 2013, we created an Office of Equity Affairs. Under the leadership of Dr. Rodney Trice, it ensures that equity, diversity and cultural competency are part of our strategic planning and collective dialogue, and most importantly, that they remain an integral factor in our decision-making. We’re also adding a new position this year - Director of Equitable Discipline Practices - to monitor fairness, equity, and consistency of student suspension recommendations.
Prior to joining WCPSS, Dr. Trice served as Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology and later Associate Superintendent for Student & School Services and Equity Oversight with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Dr. Trice has served in leadership roles for professional organizations focused on educational equity at the state and national level, and has led numerous workshops for schools and districts around the country on promoting equity in education. Dr. Trice graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga). He received a Masters in School Leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Achieving equity in the classroom
Cultural Proficiency Training
Access to Rigor
Expansion of Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Achieving equity in school discipline
Plan for Equitable Discipline Practices
Criminal Court Diversion
School Resource Officer Agreement
- Community Equity Leadership Team includes community leaders, faith-based organizations, and civic groups to advise the school system on equity-related issues, concerns, and initiatives
- Community in Schools of Wake County provides students in economically disadvantaged communities with support through learning centers, SMART Academy programs, and graduation coaches to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life
- Helping Hands Mentor Program provides academic and personal development support to African-American male students through adult mentors
- NC Society of Hispanic Professionals hosts educational programs and initiatives to lower the dropout rate of Hispanic students in North Carolina and provide them with access to higher education
- Backpack Buddies brings together Interfaith Food Shuttle, local corporations, civic and faith-based groups, and individuals to provide students from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year
- Growing Youth Food Security Leaders, in partnership with United Way, puts youth at the center of developing solutions to childhood hunger through service learning clubs at middle schools in low-wealth communities
- Youth Thrive uses data-driven decision making to identify gaps and align services from its collaborative of youth-serving organizations to reach all youth and help them towards becoming thriving adults
- Campbell Law School’s Restorative Justice Clinic uses mediation to help students resolve conflicts with one another to foster collaborative healing, rather than seeking punishment for wrongdoings.
This year’s theme is “Uniquely Capable.” A host of activities and lessons will dispel stereotypes and demonstrate how people with disabilities can achieve success in all facets of life.
We need volunteers and mentors in our schools. Contact a school in your community to get involved.
Four-Year Graduation Rate
Students graduating within four years during the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 school years.
All Students 6.1 percentage point increase African-American students 12.2 percentage point increase Hispanic students 7.8 percentage point increase Students with disabilities 10.7 percentage point increase
Source: Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate, NCDPI
Performance Above Grade Level
Students scoring 4 or 5 on End-of-Course and End-of-Grade tests in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.
All Students 3.8 percentage point increase African-American students 4.6 percentage point increase Hispanic students 2.7 percentage point increase Students with disabilities 0.6 percentage point increase
Source: EOC and EOG Achievement Level Report, NCDPI
Advanced Placement (AP) Enrollment
Number of AP classes taken in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.
All Students 23 percent increase African-American students 50 percent increase Hispanic students 26 percent increase Students with disabilities 16 percent increase
Source: Accountability Course Membership Files, NCDPI
Incidents of suspensions in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
All Students 34 percent reduction African-American students 29 percent reduction Hispanic students 36 percent reduction Students with disabilities 21 percent reduction
Source: Suspension Data from the Office of Due Process, WCPSS