Wake County Schools

Review finds 'significant' progress in how Wake schools operate

Posted January 26, 2012

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County Public School System and the school board have "demonstrated significant improvement" in how they operate, according to a report Thursday from a group that threatened to revoke accreditation for the district's high schools.

In March, Atlanta-based AdvancED placed the school system on an "accredited warned" status for what it called a "lack of effective governance and leadership" as well as a "climate of uncertainty, suspicion and mistrust throughout the community."

Major policy changes, heated debate and fears over segregating schools sparked protests and arrests after a new board majority took control in 2009.

A complaint filed by the state chapter of the NAACP prompted AdvancED to visit Wake County and review how the board conducts its business.

The group returned in November for a follow-up visit. According to the school system, its new status is "accredited on advisement," which maintains the accreditation status of its high schools for the rest of the school year.

In its latest report to the school system, AdvancED found the district had completed five of seven required actions and was in the process of completing the remaining two.

"Overall, stakeholders share a greater sense of confidence in the school system, however, the board must continue to be transparent, engage stakeholders and focus on student achievement to build trust within its community," the report said.

Wake County school leaders welcomed the news.

"As the report states, we take the required actions seriously, and we are happy to report that our high school graduates' diplomas remain in good standing," Superintendent Tony Tata said. "We will continue to focus on student achievement and work toward good governance that inspires confidence in all stakeholders."

"Good governance is exceptionally important, and it is clear we are making progress," school board Vice Chairman Keith Sutton said. "While we still have some work to do, I am proud of the board and our staff."

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  • superman Jan 27, 6:58 p.m.

    Just wait until the new plan is tested in court and federal funds dry up or withheld pending the outcome of the case. The school gets over 100 million in federl aid. County property taxes should be based on the value of the property as well as the number of occupants. Add $1,500 tax for each person starting with occupant three.

  • superman Jan 27, 6:52 p.m.

    Did they make any mention of why the school failed to get a 30 million federal grant. Something must be wrong somewhere! Perhaps too much kool aid at the board meetings.

  • westernwake1 Jan 27, 9:38 a.m.

    "Every successful business is measured in the quality of the product they produce. Go to the DPI web site and compare the results of every school system in NC and make your own assessment of the quality of the product they are putting on the street. That is the measure that tells the real story!" - schooldoctor

    You should go to a NATIONAL school ranking website that would clearly demonstrate that the Wake County school system is mediocre at best. Comparing Wake County to other school systems in a state ranked near last in education in the U.S. is disingenuous.

    With the demographics of many parents with college degrees and high wealth present in Wake County, our test scores should be much higher to even be comparible to districts with similar demographics outside of North Carolina. The Wake County school system needed to focus on educating students over the past 40 years instead they focussed on bussing for diversity.

  • schooldoctor Jan 27, 9:07 a.m.

    Every successful business is measured in the quality of the product they produce. Go to the DPI web site and compare the results of every school system in NC and make your own assessment of the quality of the product they are putting on the street. That is the measure that tells the real story!

  • mep Jan 27, 9:03 a.m.

    Bottom line: What the folks at AdvancED think is irrelevant.

  • Rico Jan 27, 8:39 a.m.

    Teacher quality

  • beaupeep Jan 26, 7:53 p.m.

    Wow! The new board sure did do a bunch in the 6-7 weeks they've been in!

  • Screw WrAl Jan 26, 7:49 p.m.

    "And the fee for the upgrade is...???"

    The next bond and 3/4 cent tax hike. So they can count you in?

  • Screw WrAl Jan 26, 7:46 p.m.

    Oh no, say it isn't so. The last board must've done some things correctly after all huh Mr. Barber.

  • westernwake1 Jan 26, 7:28 p.m.

    "Let's see, the system was a national model until the republicans gained majority on the board" - djofraleigh

    National Model? From a national perspective, the Wake County school system is just medicore in test scores, graduation rates, and educational outcomes.

    The so-called "success" of the Wake County school system was not due to the diversity policy but despite the diversity policy. The demographics of the Wake County school system made it "successful" in comparison to other worse performing county school systems in North Carolina.

    The idea that the diversity policy supported by the old Democratic board which forced my children to switch schools nearly every year from K-12 was somehow helpful to their education is absurd.

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