Is the school board being realistic by contemplating a new goal of having 100 percent of students graduate from high school?
The school board had been looking at a goal of having a graduation rate of 90 percent by 2013 and 95 percent by 2015. It's currently 78.8 percent.
But board members moved away from the idea of a 95 percent goal to a 100 percent one at last week's work session.
Board members said they're concerned that having a goal of under 100 percent would give the impression they're giving up on some groups of students graduating.
Either way, it's going to be hard to get above 90 percent.
Wake is in better shape with some groups. The four-year graduation rate is at 91.8 percent for Asian students and 87.8 percent for white students.
But it drops off sharply to 64.6 percent for black students and 52.2 percent for Hispanic students.
The school board will resume discussion of the new goal at a work session running from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday. The location hasn't been set yet.