Wake took an academic hit but still fared better, on at least some measures, than the state on the new ABCs of Public Education results.
The number of Wake schools where at least 80 percent of students passed state exams and also met growth goals dropped from 69 to 30. But the lower total still accounted for 20 percent of Wake's schools, compared to 10 percent statewide.
A majority of Wake's schools, 58 percent, were listed as Schools of Progress, meaning between 60 and 80 percent of students passed state exams and also met growth goals.
Statewide, 39 percent were Schools of Progress.
Statewide, 33 percent of schools were Schools of Priority in which less than 60 percent of students passed state exams. It was only 14 percent in Wake. But Wake had 21 Schools of Priority, up from four the prior year.
For the first time in a long while, the school system also had low-performing schools, meaning less than half the students passed and the school didn't meet growth goals. Barwell Road Elementary had a passing rate of 40.6 percent and the East Wake School of Integrated Technology was at 43.1 percent.
Wake didn't do so well under No Child Left Behind, where 18 percent of schools met standards compared to 31 percent statewide.
But Wake can claim something that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system can't tout.
Wake had four Honor Schools of Excellence, meaning at least 90 percent passed state exams and the school made high growth. Those schools are Davis Drive Elementary at 93.4 percent, Green Hope High at 92.5 percent, Highcroft Drive Elementary at 91.1 percent and Salem Middle at 92.3 percent.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro didn't have a single School of Excellence. But none of Chapel Hill's non-alternative schools had passing rates below 70 percent.
There were four Honor Schools of Excellence among Wake's charter schools. Those were Exploris Midle at 91.6 percent, Magellan Charter at 97.7 percent, Raleigh Charter High at 97.2 percent and Quest Academy at 98.7 percent.
Click here for school-by-school results across the state.