There's a lot of work ahead for raising reading scores in Wake and statewide.
As noted in today's article, Wake's performance on the ABCs of Public Education was hammered by the new reading EOG exams. Wake's reading EOG passing rate was 66 percent in 2007-08, down from 91 percent the previous year.
But Wake is stressing that it's still better than the statewide reading EOG average of 57 percent.
In its press release, Wake is also touting how it continues to outperform other urban districts.
"The 63.8 percent of WCPSS students achieving proficiency on the third grade reading End-of-Grade test compared with 56.8 percent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students, 54.2 percent of Guilford County students, 52.9 percent of Forsyth County students and 41.6 percent of Durham County students," according to the press release.
Looking at individual schools, there's a lot of room for improvement.
Nearly every Wake elementary and middle school saw a double-digit drop in its percentage of students passing the reading EOG.
The smallest decline was for Davis Drive Elementary School, which fell from 98.6 percent passing reading to 91.3 percent. It was the only school who didn't see a double-digit decline.
The biggest dip was at Barwell Road Elementary School, which saw its passing rate for reading fall by more than half. It's at 36.2 percent now. It had been at 84.8 percent.
Click here for a school district handout listing school-by-school reading results.
You can click here to look it up yourself on DPI's Web site. Pick the year you want to view. You'll get even more detail, such as performance by individual student groups.
(If you notice any apparent discrepancy between your results and Wake's, keep in mind that the district is mentioning the passing percentage on the multiple-choice test used by most students. They're not including the severely learning-disabled students who have to take alternative tests.)
Corrected blog post to show that Davis Drive Elementary had the smallest reading decline in Wake.