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February 4, 2014

Wake County schools to discuss enrollment cap and Read to Achieve requirements

School administrators will present recommendations on which schools should have enrollment caps this fall and how they want to reduce the use of 36 mini-tests that would be given as part of complying with the Read To Achieve law.

Enrollment caps, a scaling back of the usage of the Read to Achieve portfolio tests and final approval to changes in the Code of Student Conduct are among the issues the Wake County school board will deal with today.

School administrators will present recommendations on which schools should get enrollment caps for the 2014-15 school year, including which schools should lose the caps that are in place this school year. This means if those schools hit their cap target and you don’t currently live in the base, you are out of luck for this fall.

Administrators will also present a proposal that should sharply scale back on the number of third-grade students who would be given the 36 mini-tests that are part of the reading portfolio process used to help promote students. Wake is looking to not give the portfolio to the 30 percent of students who had a scale score of at least 442 on the beginning of grade reading test and special-ed students who take the Extend 2 test.

Pending Thursday’s approval by the State Board of Education, Wake would also not use the portfolios for students who are consistently shown to be at or above Level 3 on the CASE 21 assessments.

The board is also scheduled to have second and final reading of the revisions to the Code of Student Conduct that would make it harder to suspend students who commit Level I offenses. The second reading also incorporates new language to specifically prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.

Among the other items today is a discussion of joint position papers that the state’s largest districts have put together on issues such as Common Core, teacher pay, teacher effectiveness and vouchers. Previously, the big districts like Wake haven’t worked together on issues like this.

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