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Wake County to discuss middle school math placement

Rolesville Middle School students (L:R) Michaela Brown, Julian Stinnett, Armani Rodriguez, Pedro Hernandez and Kaitlin Seagraves work on an assignment in Mary Nelson's Common Core Math 7 Plus class at the school on Feb. 21, 2014. Wake County has made an effort over the past five years to get more participation in advanced math classes in middle schools.
Rolesville Middle School students (L:R) Michaela Brown, Julian Stinnett, Armani Rodriguez, Pedro Hernandez and Kaitlin Seagraves work on an assignment in Mary Nelson's Common Core Math 7 Plus class at the school on Feb. 21, 2014. Wake County has made an effort over the past five years to get more participation in advanced math classes in middle schools. cseward@newsobserver.com

Wake County’s efforts to boost participation by minority and low-income middle school students into upper-level math courses will be reviewed Monday.

At the school board’s student achievement committee meeting, staff will present a report showing what’s occurred since the program began in 2010 to get more students into Algebra I and now Common Core Math I by eighth-grade. It’s an effort that was originally pushed by the former Republican board majority and former Superintendent Tony Tata.

Wake began the effort after a SAS report indicated that many Wake students considered qualified to take Algebra I in middle school under the EVAAS software were not being placed. The gap was widest among black and Hispanic students.

The idea is that if students are taking Algebra I in middle school that they’re on pace to take advanced courses in high school that will get them into college.

Other agenda topics today include:

▪ Next steps for implementing recommendations from the Wake County School Health Advisory Council;

▪ Discussion of the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+) and OECD test that was tested by students at five Wake high schools this spring;

▪ Update on how Wake is implementing the 4Cs: communications, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. One of the items that will be discussed is a 4Cs handout from the National Education Association.

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