Wake Ed

Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill to give State of the Schools speech

Look for Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill to praise the school system while criticizing the state’s new A through F school performance grades during Wednesday’s State of the Schools Address.

From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Merrill will give an overview of how well North Carolina’s largest school system is faring. During the speech, Merrill is expected to give Wake’s response to the school performance grades being released at Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting.

Merrill and Wake school board members, along with other school leaders across the state, have been critical of the new letter grades mandated by the General Assembly. School officials say that it’s unfair to evaluate schools on a single data point, especially when it can result in a grade of D or F being issued.

The Wake school board called for the state to abolish the A through F school grades in the district’s legislative agenda.

The speech comes after a reception in which Wake will honor teachers who received national board certification last year. Wake leads the nation in the number of teachers with national board certification.

The speech, which will take place at the North Raleigh Hilton, will be streamed on wral.com.