Wake is now jumping into using the EVAAS program.
As noted in today's article, administrators said they're moving to get passwords into the hands of principals and other school personnel. It's a change from when a school had to request access to EVAAS to be signed up.
Wake still has a long way to go to catch up with other school districts in terms of using the program, which is free of charge to districts.
William Sanders, senior director of the EVAAS K-12 division, said that as of 5 p.m. Monday, Wake had 10 district user accounts, 46 school administrator accounts and 87 school users accounts. He said most were recently assigned.
School board candidate John Tedesco said the new board will make sure that schools use the program. He said they should be using it to identify which students need the most help.
There was very little discussion of the SAS report itself during the presentation to the board. It may be a result of Wake now using the program more than before.
The closest it came to the report was when board member Anne McLaurin asked about SAS questioning the statistical adjustments for poverty level that Wake makes in its Effectiveness Index.
Sanders gave the example of a student from an impoverished home and another from an affluent home who have exactly the same academic history. He said adjusting for socioeconomic status would show that the impoverished child is doing better than he actually is performing.
"You’re not really treating the children as individuals," Sanders said. "You don’t unwittingly want to be setting different expectarions for students. That what’s happens when you adjust for socieocnoeconm status."
But supporters of the diversity policy took solace from Sanders agreeing with them that high-poverty schools tend to have newer, less effective teachers. School board member Lori Millberg said Wake's diversity policy has led to healthy schools and avoided having too many new teachers at higher poverty schools.
Sanders said Wake is to be commended if what Millberg is saying is right.