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.