Wake was graded today "the most transparent school system in the state" by the Locke Foundation, receiving a B. No other district got above a C.
"We've got to give Wake its due when it deserves it," said Terry Stoops, education policy analyst for the Locke Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh.
The rankings are based on public access to online information "in an effort to encourage transparency in North Carolina." The web site also graded state agencies, counties and municipalities.
Among the categories looked at for school districts were Individual payments to vendors for specific items, budgets, audit reports, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results and salaries of employees by job code.