There's no resolution yet on what the new academic goal should be for the school board.
Rosa Gill, school board chairwoman, floated going with the goal of raising the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2013 and 95 percent by 2015. The graduation rate is now at 78.8 percent.
Gill said at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting that they need to decide on a new goal soon.
The graduation rate target had been set by the board this year as part of the now failed funding deal with the county commissioners that was proposed by the Wake Education Partnership and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
School board member Lori Millberg questioned whether they can set that kind of goal when there's no guarantee they'll get the funding from commissioners.
School board member Beverley Clark said they need to set the goal regardless of the funding. She also suggested that they get community feedback as they set the goal.
The original goal of having 95 percent of third- through eighth-graders passing state exams by 2003 was set in 1998 after getting feedback from the Wake Education Partnership.
The most recent goal of having 95 percent of third- through 12th-graders passing state tests by 2008 was set in 2003 after talking with commissioners. School board members have complained about lack of funding.
As part of the last goal, it also said that all student groups should show high growth on state exams.
School board member Eleanor Goettee said they need to incorporate that growth target in the new goal.
With no decision reached, Gill said they'll resume discussion at Thursday's all-day work session.