Wake vs CMS

As the discussion about CMS student assignment expands, so does the interest in comparing Mecklenburg County schools to Wake County’s relatively less segregated schools.

A recent Charlotte Observer headline, for example, noted that: “Despite poverty concentrations in Meck, black and low-income students edge out counterparts in Wake.”

It is however, inaccurate, to use a broad-stroke Mecklenburg-Wake comparison to argue that concentrating poverty does not matter. This is because the economic composition of schools varies significantly within each district.

Many of Charlotte’s low-income students attend mixed-income or low-poverty schools. As the following numbers indicate, within CMS, low-income students at lower-poverty middle schools generally perform significantly better than those at high-poverty middle schools.

CMS Middle School 2013 Combined EOG Scores
Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged (ED) students who passed EOG Exams
Source: 2012-13 School Report Cards

This analysis only includes standalone 6-8 middle schools because state data breakdowns don’t break out middle school ED numbers for K-8 or 6-12 schools.

*full magnet
**partial magnet

Schools > 65% ED

HighMiddleSchools

School %ED %ED %total
pass pass
M.L. King 93 11 11
Eastway 93 12 12
Cochrane 90 9 9
Whitewater 88 10 11
Sedgefield 86 11 14
Albemarle Road 87 17 18
Ranson 84 13 13
McClintock 84 11 13
Martin 79 9 10
Northridge 81 13 14
Coulwood 80 16 18
Kennedy 70 9 14
Quail Hollow 70 12 21
Northeast 67 13 19

Schools < 65% ED

LowMiddleSchools

School %ED %ED %total
pass pass
Southwest 56 18 29
Ridge Road 52 16 27
Randolph* 44 36 54
Piedmont* 44 40 55
Mint Hill 44 28 46
J.M. Alexander 44 21 34
Carmel 43 21 50
A.G. 37 16 51
Bradley 33 23 42
Crestdale 26 36 61
Bailey 22 27 53
South Charlotte 22 38 66
J.M. Robinson 15 46 72
Community House 15 36 65