We can now officially say that the 95 percent goal is dead.
School administrators will present test results this afternoon showing Wake is well short of having 95 percent of students in grades 3-12 passing state tests by 2008. The result was expected but now it's final.
We don't have school-by-school results yet. But we do have districtwide data.
As mentioned before, today's result won't be a surprise. School board members have, on more than one occasion, blamed lack of funding from county commissioners for not having reached the goal.
Realistically, the changes in the EOG exams made the goal pretty unreachable. For instance, Wake's math passing rate dropped from 91.7 percent in 2005 to 74.5 percent after the exams were changed.
Goal 2008 was set by the board in 2003. It was a follow-up to the goal set in 1998 of having 95 percent of third- through eighth-graders passing state exams by 2003. While Wake fell short, the gains were noticeable.
The math EOG passing rate is now at 78 percent, up from 76.1 percent in 2007.
It's likely that the passing rate for the reading EOGs will tumble when the state renorms the exams later this year. In 2007, Wake's passing rate was 91.1 percent.
The achievement gap, at least on math, has narrowed. The passing rates for black, Hispanic, American Indian, low-income and limited English students went up more over the past two years than for white kids.
Wake also didn't get close to 95 percent passing on high school end-of-course exams. Several of the EOCs were renormed over the past five years.
You've also got ABCs, AYP and graduation data being presented today.
Back when Wake first released the graduation data, one of the TV stations reported that the the numbers significantly improved after five years. The new data doesn't bear it out.
While more students do graduate after five years, it's not a big gain over the percentage who graduate in four years.
Click here to view the data that will be presented.