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November 5, 2013

Wake County to talk about test results and other issues at board meeting

Wake County school administrators will try to get the public prepared for the release Thursday of lower-than-normal test scores in the district and across the state.

Look for some advance spin of this week’s test scores along with other topics such as student assignment, the plan for academically gifted students, school land purchases and school names at today’s Wake County school board meeting.

During today’s regular meeting, staff will give a presentation on “2012-13 student outcomes.” No specifics will be announced in advance of Thursday’s release by the State Board of Education, but look for the ground to be laid for what will be pretty low proficiency rates in schools in Wake and statewide.

The new exams and new Common Core state standards mean a lot of schools with performance composites in the 50s or even lower across the state.

Also during the regular meeting, staff will present three names for the new middle school that will be built on Leesville Church Road in North Raleigh. The choices are Sycamore Creek Middle, Bartram Place Middle and North Leesville Middle.

The board vote would come Dec. 3.

But final action is expected today on the selection of names for new high schools in Cary and Garner. While school names have generally not been controversial, the flap over the selection of Apex Friendship High as a name shows there can be some debate on this too.

At the end of the meeting, the board will vote on an offer to purchase land for the E-37 elementary school in west Cary. The passage of the school bond last month has accelerated work on land purchases.

On the work session agenda, staff will present the new Academically and Intellectually Gifted students plan. An outside audit recommended that Wake beef up the services provided to AIG students.

Also during the work session, as previously blogged about, staff will give a presentation calling for no reassignments for the 2014-15 school year. Among the things that will be discussed are where additional modular units could be added for next school year in lieu of moving students.

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