Wake Ed

March 27, 2014

Wake County school board to discuss diversity element of student assignment

Today’s Wake County school board work session on the student achievement pillar of the assignment policy will give staff direction on how to apply that element in the new multi-year plan.

Today’s Wake County school board work session should give an indication of how board members want student achievement/diversity to be used in developing the new multi-year student assignment plan.

The work session is supposed to focus on the achievement pillar of the student assignment policy after last month’s session looked at the other three pillars: stability, proximity and operational efficiency. The challenge for school leaders as they develop a new plan to fill the 16 schools that will be built from last fall’s school bond issue is juggling how to apply all four pillars.

Several board members said at last month’s work session that they expect the new plan to do things like try to limit the numbers of low-income and low-achieving students at schools.

Board members have also said they want to have realistic walk zones for schools. But when that realistic walk zone impacts the achievement piece, which factor should be weighed higher?

Once board members give their guidance, student assignment staff will begin applying it to a first draft of a plan that could be out for public comment in the next few months.

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