Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata was at Barwell Road Elementary School this morning to laud the Renaissance schools for their academic success.
During a brief pep talk with teachers, Tata said preliminary test results indicate that Barwell had the highest increase in test score proficiency in the district. His remarks drew applause from the teachers.
Tata said that Barwell showed high growth and also had a 10-point increase in proficiency.
Tata asked teachers what they thought accounted for the gains. The answers he got were high expectations and strong relationships.
"I just wanted to come out and thank you for all your hard work and congratulate you for all your success," Tata said. "I’m terribly proud of each and everyone here.”
Tata also told teachers that they're dealing with they problems they heard in the past about Central Office not being geared toward helping year-round schools.
"We’re working hard in Central Office to maintain the mindset that we are a year-round school district," Tata said. "I’ve got folks back at Central Office today all primed and in a three-point stance."
Tata went on to have a press conference to talk about the start of the new school year.
Tata again focused on the preliminary test score results for the Renaissance Schools. He said that all four Renaissance Schools saw academic gains.
"I’m terribly proud of the team here because it’s one of the four Renaissance schools," Tata said. "And the gains at those schools are outstanding.”
It was noted that Barwell has a smaller enrollment this year with 100 kindergarten openings under the choice plan. With the enrollment smaller, Barwell lost seven teaching positions, including at least some of whom had gotten signing bonuses last year.
"We have growth every day." Tata said. "I can guarantee you that as the word gets out about Barwell Road Elementary that this place will be in demand.”