ERIC Number: ED455308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Gaps in Academic Achievement: WCPSS Status, 2000-01.
Dulaney, Chuck; Baenen, Nancy; Banks, Karen; Yaman, Kimberly; Burch, Glenda
This report describes achievement gaps found in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, compares the status of the WCPSS to achievement in the past, and compares WCPSS to other similar school systems and national data when available. On almost all academic measures, white females were the most successful students in the WCPSS, and black males were the least successful group. The gap between the achievement of white and black students has decreased over time in some areas, but not in others. Hispanic and Black students in the WCPSS are more likely to come from low-income homes than are other students, and Black students are over-represented in special education programs. Overall, 52.6% of black students scored at or above grade levels in reading and mathematics on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests (EOG), compared with 90% of white students. Both groups did show improved performance compared to 1995, but the performance gap narrowed only slightly and only at some grade levels. Low income students of all races showed the lowest performance overall on the EOG. The dropout rate for all races has decreased since 1994-1995, and the gap has closed somewhat between white and black students. Hispanic and Black students were less likely to pass the North Carolina Competency Test, required for graduation, and they were less likely to participate in advanced placement courses than were white students. The racial gap in Scholastic Assessment Test scores for WCPSS and North Carolina students has increased slightly over the past 5 years. Average scores for black students have remained relatively stable, but average scores for white students have been rising steadily. Accomplishing the goals of reducing the achievement gap in the WCPSS will require nearly eliminating the socioeconomic and demographic gaps described in this report. (Contains 21 tables, 29 figures, and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.