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November 12, 2013

Knightdale Work Group to take deeper look at achievement and assignment data

The Knightdale Area Education Work Group meets days after new state test results show more than half the students at the town’s six schools are not passing the exams.

The Wake County school system group charged with developing recommendations for improving Knightdale’s schools meets Tuesday days after new state test results show some potential areas of concern.

All six Knightdale schools ranked among the lower third of the county’s schools based on proficiency in the 2012-13 state end-of-grade exams. The schools ranged from as low as 22.9 percent proficient at Hodge Road Elementary to as high as 44.9 percent at Forestville Road Elementary.

While school officials say you shouldn’t compare the proficiency rates on the new exams to the old ones, the passing rates were much higher previously.

The town’s schools were all impacted because of their high concentrations of low-income students.

Overall, the percentage of economically disadvantaged Wake students in grades through eight who were proficient was 27.1 percent in reading and 27.6 percent in math. Statewide it was at 28.7 percent in reading and 27.7 percent in math.

At the first meeting of the Knightdale Area Education Work Group, staff said the Knightdale schools did better with challenging groups such as the ED students than the school system as a whole.

Of the four elementary schools, two beat the county average for ED students in reading and all four beat the county average for ED students in math. East Wake Middle and Knightdale High both came in below the county averages for the ED students.

At today’s meeting, the work group is scheduled to conduct deeper reviews of the student achievement and student assignment data.

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