ERIC Number: ED468701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Gaps in Academic Achievement: WCPSS Status, 2001-02.
Baenen, Nancy; Dulaney, Chuck; Yaman, Kimberly; Banks, Karen
This report is the second in a series of periodic updates on the achievement gap among various demographic groups in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). For this report, students academic success in WCPSS was studied, based on outcomes such as achievement test scores, dropout rates, and course enrollment. In some areas, the gaps in student outcomes in the WCPSS have narrowed. Gaps in skill levels are evident when students enter WCPSS schools, with Hispanic, Black, Asian, and low-income students entering school lacking more skills than White and higher income students. At grades 3 through 8, the percent of students achieving at or above grade level on the End-of-Grade tests has increased for all racial groups since 1993-1994, although performance still varies widely across groups. Larger increases in the percentage of black students scoring at or above grade level in 2000-2001 resulted in the smallest gaps between WCPSS black and white students of the past 8 years. The achievement gap between Hispanic and White students has not closed. The gap between white and minority students has closed somewhat at the high school level in terms of basic skills, but less improvement is evident when one considers advanced skills. Many factors contribute to the gaps, including mobility rates of students, the supplemental financial resources of the schools, and a lack of overall resources in the WCPSS. (Contains 45 figures and 1 reference.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Low Achievement, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, School Districts
For full text: http://www.wcpss.net/evaluation-research.
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.