ERIC Number: ED435720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Progress towards the 95% Goal. Measuring Up. E&R Report No. 99.32.
Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.
In August 1998, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, adopted a goal statement that specified that by 2003, 95% of students tested would be at or above grade level as measured by the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) tests at grades 3 and 8. This report defines that goal operationally and defines the terms used to describe it. It also identifies improvements that have occurred during the past 6 years and disaggregates the current level of achievement for a variety of groups. Student scores on the EOG tests are reported on scales that are divided into four levels. Students scoring at the first two levels probably lack basic skills, but those scoring in Levels III and IV probably have the skills needed for the next grade level, and are considered "at or above" grade level. During the past 6 years, WCPSS has shown gradual improvement in the percentage of students at or above grade level. The percentage of students who were at or above grade level in reading improved from 71% in 1994 to 87% in 1999. In mathematics, the improvement was from 72% to 84%. The percentage of scores that were below grade level in 1998 varied greatly by subject, grade, and demographic group. Poverty was the single strongest predictor of low achievement. The school system's goal is close to being achieved with some groups of students, but the system still has a long way to go for others. Information is given about the students who take the test and students in need of special assistance. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.