Wake saw improvement on this year's latest round of ABCs results that can't be attributed to just the inclusion of retests in elementary and middle schools.
Wake had 12 Honors Schools of Excellence and Schools of Excellence, meaning at least 90 percent passed state exams and the school made growth. That's compared to four schools last year.
All 12 schools were in the western part of the county.
Wake had 50 Schools of Distinction, meaning at least 80 percent passed state exams and the school made growth. That's up from 26 schools in 2007-08.
This means 39.7 percent of Wake's 156 schools were either Schools of Excellence or Schools of Distinction.
No Wake schools were designated as low performing.
The passing rates for elementary and middle schools did get a boost from the state including successful retests in the calculations.
But state officials say the retests were not a factor in calculating growth. The growth calculations are traditionally used to determine bonuses but no money was available this year because of the state's budget shortfall.
In Wake, 138 of the 156 schools, or 88.5 percent. made growth expectations. That's up from 85.9 percent last year.
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