Widespread increases in Wake County's student test scores have become the latest issue in the school district's contentious school diversity fight.
Preliminary results released on Wednesday showed higher performance by Wake students in elementary, middle and high school on state exams this past school year, with the racial achievement gap narrowing. Backers of efforts to mandate diversity in the state's largest school district say the academic gains show that the Wake school board majority that swept into office last fall didn't need to discard the decades-long policy of maintaining socioeconomic balance in schools.
"Teaching and learning is evident when we look at the scores," said Calla Wright, president of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, which backs the diversity policy. "How can these people dispute that fact? . . . .