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.
Schools > 65% ED
Schools < 65% ED