Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Reading trumps math in Wake scores: Math results for third-eighth graders have risen

RALEIGH - Wake County third through eighth grade students are better at reading than they are at math, according to preliminary test results released Thursday.
According to end-of-grade test results for the 2006-07 school year, 76 percent of students performed at or above grade level in mathematics, compared with 91 percent who read at least at grade level.
"Math has become important, and so we're looking at how do we keep reading where it is and bring math to that level," said David Holdzkom, Wake schools' assistant superintendent for evaluation and research.
Holdzkom said at a news conference Thursday that the math scores had improved since the 2005-06 school year, when 74.5 percent of students were performing at or above grade level. That year, new math tests were established and some systems saw a drop in scores, which is typical when tests change, Holdzkom said. "We're now seeing a rebound," he said.

High school end-of-course results dropped from 79.5 percent in 2005-06 to 74 percent in 2006-07. School leaders said one factor in the decline could be that the district is growing and more students have to be tested.

Kinea White Epps, Staff Writer, The News & Observer, Aug 24, 2007, www.newsobserver.com/news/education/wake/story/681076.html

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