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Wake County school board to discuss middle school test scores

Isabella Guzman, left, and fellow seventh-graders look over a list of adjectives to associate with characters in "The Hunger Games" as part of the Discover the Power of the Written Word eight-day literacy program at Zebulon Middle School in Zebulon, N.C. on Jan. 31, 2017.
Isabella Guzman, left, and fellow seventh-graders look over a list of adjectives to associate with characters in "The Hunger Games" as part of the Discover the Power of the Written Word eight-day literacy program at Zebulon Middle School in Zebulon, N.C. on Jan. 31, 2017. amoody@newsobserver.com

A Wake County school board committee will discuss Monday the need to improve academic performance in the district’s middle schools.

Wake’s middle schools have a higher proficiency rate than the state on end-of-grade exams. But multiple middle school grade levels in Wake are not meeting expected academic growth on those state exams.

The past few years have seen schools in Wake and the rest of North Carolina try to adapt to the new exams based on Common Core. In addition, Wake has been trying to get more middle school students to take Common Core Math 1 by the eighth grade.

School administrators will discuss Monday with the board’s student achievement committee how the district is looking to improve middle school performance.

Also on Monday, the committee will:

▪ Get a review on the learning symposiums offered at Barwell Road and Walnut Creek elementary schools in Raleigh. A total of 10 days, spread out over two weeks, was set aside this school year during track-out periods so that students at those two schools could learn in fun/non-traditional activities.

▪ Get a presentation on additional changes that will be made to the Title I program. Wake made changes in 2015 that raised the percentage of low-income students that a school needed to have to get federal Title I funding.

▪ Get an overview of what will be done to assist Rogers Lane Elementary School, new elementary school that will open in Raleigh in August. Concerns were raised by school board member Keith Sutton how Rogers Lane is projected to only have a reading proficiency rate on state exams of around 40 percent.

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