Academic performance went up both in the Wake County school system and public schools statewide this past school year.
New ABCs of Public Education test data released this morning shows that 146 of 158 Wake schools, or 92 percent, met or exceeded state growth standards. That compares to 138 of 155 schools, 89 percent the prior year. (I'm excluding Longview because it has no ABCs status.)
Wake also had 14 Honor Schools or Excellence or Schools of Excellence, meaning schools had passing rates of at least 90 percent and met growth goals. That's up from 12 schools last year.
Wake also had 63 Schools of Distinction, meaning they had passing rates of between 80 and 90 percent and met growth goals.
Nearly half of Wake's schools, 77 of 158 schools, 49 percent, were either Honor Schools of Excellence, Schools of Excellence or Schools of Distinction.
Schools statewide also did better with 88 percent of schools meeting or exceeding growth goals. That's up from 81 percent last year.
Additionally, 37.4 percent of schools statewide were Honor Schools of Excellence, Schools of Excellence or Schools of Distinction. That's up from 25 percent last year.
Some things to consider this year are that retests were counted for the first time on end-of-course tests. But those retests, along with those in elementary and middle schools, were not used to calculate if a school made growth.
The state also didn't count third-graders when determining growth.
No bonuses are being given for the second year in a row because of state budget problems.
The data also confirms that Wake's graduation rate held steady at 78.4 percent after having dropped for several years in a row. The state's graduation rate increased from 71.8 percent to 74.2 percent.
In terms of federal No Child Left Behind results, it also confirms that 38 percent of Wake's schools made adequate yearly progress. That's down from 63 percent in 2008-09
Statewide, 58 percent of schools made AYP compared to 71 percent the prior school year.