It looks like the Wake County school system saw some overall academic gains this past school year under the state's ABCs of Public Education accountability program.
New results released at today's State Board of Education meeting show that 95 percent of Wake's schools met or exceeded growth expectations, up from 89 percent last year. Wake had 70.3 percent of schools, or 114, showing high growth and 24.7 percent of schools, or 40, showing expected growth.
Wake also had 17 Honor Schools of Excellence/Schools of Excellence, up from 14 last year. Wake also had 79 Schools of Distinction, up from 63 last year.
Overall, 60.4 percent of Wake's schools were either Schools of Distinction or Schools of Excellence/Honor Schools of Excellence. That's up from 49.7 percent last year.
Wake's graduation rate rose to 80.4 percent, up from 78.2 percent the prior year. But the gap between Wake and the rest of the state continued to shrink. The state's graduation rate is now at 77.7 percent, up from 74.2 percent last year.
These new results come a few weeks after preliminary AYP results showed that only 13.5 percent of Wake's schools met No Child Left Behind standards this year.
Both the ABCs and No Child Left Behind use state exams for their results. The disconnect comes from the state setting significantly higher AYP targets this year toward the goal of having 100 percent of students passing in 2014.
Click here to view the link for the ABCs and AYP info.