More to come later but Wake County school administrators said today that 75 percent of families who requested a school under the new student assignment plan got their first choice
School administrators said that 74.9 percent of the 19,048 applicants got their first choice. The figure rises to 82.2 percent when the second choice is included.
The results varied across grade levels with 92.2 percent of students entering kindergarten getting their first choice. The percent getting their first choice drops to 73.4 percent of rising ninth-graders and 65.3 percent of rising sixth-graders.
In the other grades, the first-choice acceptance rate was 49.8 percent. It rose to 60.4 percent when you include the second choice.
You may hear staff touting a 90 percent first-choice rate in kindergaten, sixth- and ninth-grades. That's because they're including the pre-assigned students in sixth and ninth-grades who took the seat as having gotten their first choice.
All this could change depending on what adjustments are made to the plan by the school board today.
Staff isn't recommending any seat set asides at the high-performing schools, saying they've got enough capacity to handle applicants from the low-performing areas.
The data has been posted here on Wake's website, including school-by-school results.
The only change staff will recommend today is increasing the percentage of magnet students at Poe Elementary to 80 percent. Staff hopes this will lower the school's F&R rate.