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Wake County school board committee to discuss literacy efforts

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The Wake County school board’s student achievement committee will tackle literacy issues today.

The committee will get an update on the state’s Read To Achieve program that was mandated by legislators as part of the Excellent Public Schools Act. The goal of the program is to get students to proficiency in reading by the end of third grade.

The committee will also review the district's K-12 literacy programs and initiatives.

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And since DPI has voted to

And since DPI has voted to use the lower standards what will "proficient" be? Right now for the math EOG "proficient" means that students get just over 50% of their questions correct. While data shows beyond very much doubt that reading and science scores are inextricably linked why have schools chosen to pass along students who cannot read. Last year 30% of my 7th graders had never passed a reading EOG! One of my colleagues who taught 8th grade last year had a greater than 60% number of students on his academic team who had never passed a reading EOG. This has been a long term problem that has not been addressed with leaders within the NC System knowing and politicians being told (I'll avoid using names......for now......including my own).

Teachers who speak out about this have been black listed and are labeled "NOT team players." In short, a teacher in NC who is a team player is one who knows this is going on and refuses to say anything. The status quo remains. I have named names of administrators with the WCPSS as well as others who have "blocked student achievement" (to coin a phrase from WRAL in regards to Halifax schools). The only thing I have yet to do is go public......yet!!!!

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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