Knightdale area schools have much to be pleased with over the past year and they have celebrated those successes accordingly.
When school report cards were released last month, Knightdale High School led Wake County in graduation rates and recorded an impressive one-year jump in graduation rates. Other Knightdale-area schools report higher parent participation in the schools and still other schools are finding new ways to keep teachers up-to-date on the best practices in their profession.
In a couple of public displays since the reports were released, Knightdale folks have touted those successes without spending a lot of time addressing the remaining shortcomings of Knightdale schools.
There is, of course, a time and place for everything. There is a time to celebrate success. And now that those successes have been celebrated, we look forward to hearing substantive conversations about how the remaining shortcomings can be addressed. Hodge Road Elementary is the poster child for problem schools right now, like it or not. That’s not because teachers and administrators don’t care. It’s not because they are not trying to shore up deficiencies.
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Hodge Road, its magnet status aside, can’t pick and choose which students it wants to educate. Hodge Road’s mandate, like every other school, is to teach every child that enters its doors. How school officials, from the central office down, want to improve performance at Hodge Road and other underperfoming schools in the area, should be a topic of every public conversation that takes place in the coming months.
We’ve celebrated successes, as we should. It’s time now for the school system to turn its attention back to its challenges so that, in the future, we can all celebrate successes in those schools as well.