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REPORT LINKS HIGH TEST SCORES WITH WAKE'S DIVERSITY POLICY

A national report shows that Wake County’s low-income students are less likely to be stuck in a lower-performing school than their peers in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.The report found also that schools attended by low-income and middle/high-income students in the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area exceeded test score expectations to an extent greater than in any of the 100 largest metropolitan areas.The report being released Thursday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution doesn’t identify why the results are much better than expected but says “one possible explanation is that Wake County has a history of aggressive districtwide socioeconomic integration policies.”

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