Many Wake County charter schools earn top performance grades

SCHOOLCHOICE4-NE-081716-HLLMore charter schools in Wake County earned top marks from the state this year than their counterparts in the traditional public schools.
All North Carolina public schools receive a school performance grade of A-F based largely on passing rates on standardized tests. Out of 18 Wake charter schools, 14 got an A-plus, A or B grade Thursday.
Only half of the Wake County school system’s 167 schools received a B grade or higher for their performance during the 2015-16 school year.
Wake school board Chairman Tom Benton said the disparity is a reflection of how many charter schools in Wake have few low-income students. Charter schools are taxpayer-funded public schools that are exempt from some of the rules that traditional public schools must follow.
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