More Wake County students are passing state exams and graduating from high school, according to new statewide accountability results released Thursday morning.
The percentage of Wake County students passing state exams in math, reading and science rose to 67.9 percent during the 2015-16 school year. It was at 66.9 percent the previous school year. The Wake school system remains well above the statewide proficiency rate of 58.3 percent.
The percentage of Garner area students passing state exams is 54.1 percent, just below the statewide proficiency rate.
Of the 11 Garner area schools, only six improved their test scores. Four schools showed a decrease in test scores, and one school’s scores remained the same as last year.
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However, the majority of Garner area schools are meeting academic growth targets.
East Garner Middle School showed the biggest jump in proficiency among the Garner schools, with a 5 percent increase.
Wake County school leaders highlighted Thursday how the district’s graduation rate rose a full percentage point to 87.1 percent. The state’s graduation rate is 85.8 percent.
Garner High School’s graduation rate was 87.5 percent for the 2015-16 school year, up from 84.9 percent the school year before.
The school system has the goal of having at least 95 percent of students graduating by 2020.
Wake also saw improvement on the school performance letter grades, which are 80 percent based on passing rates on state exams and 20 percent based on growth on those tests.
Ten Wake schools received an A+ grade, eight received an A, 66 got a B, 68 got a C, 14 received a D and Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh received the lone F grade.
Nine Garner schools received a C and two received a D.
The performance grades were mandated by state legislators who said that it would make it easier for parents to see how their children’s schools are doing. But the grades have drawn complaints from many educators who say they’re biased against high-poverty schools and don’t give enough credit for growth rates.
Wake had 13 schools designated as low performing by the state, down from 20 the prior year. Schools are identified as low performing if they have a D or F grade and did not exceed growth targets on state exams.
East Garner Elementary and Smith Elementary, who were among the 20 schools on the list last year, remain designated as low-performing this year. Creech Road, which was also on the list last year, is no longer designated low-performing.
Growth, proficiency, letter grade
Aversboro Road Elementary - did not meet growth target. 55.6 percent proficiency, a 4.4 percent decrease. C.
Creech Road Elementary- exceeded growth target. 52.9 percent proficiency, a 2.7 percent increase. C.
East Garner Elementary - met growth target. 40.4 percent proficiency, a 6.5 percent decrease. D.
East Garner Middle - exceeded growth target. 51.5 percent proficiency, a 5 percent increase. C.
Garner Magnet High - exceeded growth target. 49.8 percent proficient, a 5.2 percent decrease. C.
North Garner Middle - exceeded growth. 57.6 percent proficiency, a 1.2 percent increase. C.
Rand Road Elementary - met growth. 67.2 percent proficiency, 0 percent increase. C.
Smith Elementary - did not met growth. 49.9 percent proficiency, a 1.2 percent increase. D.
Timber Drive Elementary - did not meet growth. 55.4 proficiency, a 2.4 percent decrease. C.
Vance Elementary - met growth. 60.3 percent proficiency, a 1.5 percent increase. C.
Vandora Springs Elementary - met growth, 54.8 percent, a 3.3 percent increase. C.