Terry Stoops had done a quick analysis of Wake County student performance data that "suggest that attending schools with low FRL(free-and-reduced lunch) percentages is no guarantee of success and enrollment in schools with high FRL percentages is no guarantee of failure."
In a blog post Friday, Stoops, the director of education studies for the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes he decided to take a look at how low-income students were doing in Wake County. He used documents Wake compiled for the magnet review.
Stoops looked at the five elementary schools with the highest and lowest concentration of low-income students and the performance of FRL students at those schools on state End-of-Grade tests.
Stoops lists the performances of those schools in his blog post.
"Without a doubt, the most impressive elementary school in the entire county is East Garner Elementary," Stoops writes. "The school has a FRL population of 64.3 percent (tenth highest in the county) and an average growth rate of 71.7 percent (second highest in the county).
My son’s elementary school (Fuquay-Varina) has a FRL percentage of 40.2 percent and a growth rate of 58.0 percent, which is the exact same growth percentage as the school with the lowest FRL percentage in the county, Sycamore Creek."