Here's a quick recap of today's Wake Education Partnership update on the student assignment plan being developed by Michael Alves.
Wake would be divided into two to four attendance areas with similar student achievement levels that reflect the county's demographics. Student achievement would be used to make individual determinations of whether to grant a family's request for a particular school.
Also, instead of a base assignment, you'd have a "base option" in which every family would be given a school they can request. Priority would be given to those who live in the walk zone, basically 1.5 miles.
But the catch is you aren't guaranteed of getting that base option school if it conflicts with the other guiding principles.
Wake Ed VP Tim Simmons said none of the guiding principles of choice, proximity, stability and student achievement can violate any of the others.
Simmons said the goal is to avoid creating any schools with high percentages of low-achieveing students. This means looking at the student achievement of every student.
In the case of rising kindergarten students, Simmons said they might look at factors such as whether the child attended a preschool, the education level of the parents and if the kid comes from a single-parent household.
Simmons said the magnet program would remain intact with schools in all zones. He said schools weren't added or dropped so it looks like they took the large cluster of magnets inside the Beltline and divided them between the zones.
Simmons said grandfathering would be provided to every student at the time of implementation so they wouldn't have to change schools. Once in, you get to stay at that school.
Cost data will also be provided.
Alves will present a full plan to the school board in December. Whether the board runs with it remains to be seen.
Click here for the handout from today's WEP presentation. Changed wording from zone to attendance area.