Wake County school board member Jim Martin took a decidedly less rah-rah approach to the reporting of the school district's latest test score results.
During Tuesday's board meeting, Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore gave this presentation that highlighted academic gains made in the 2011-12 school year. While repeatedly saying he appreciated the advancements that were made, Martin said he was concerned that the data was being presented in the "rosiest" way possible without the deeper analysis he felt was needed.
Martin said he was also trying to prepare the public for next year when Wake's test results are expected to drop with the introduction of new tests under the common core curriculum. He pointed back to how test scores dropped after the state renormed the end-of-grade exams in the middle part of the last decade.