Despite improved integration, test results among poorer students continue to lag: for the 2007-2008 school year, only 18% of the district's schools met the adequate yearly progress goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, Many parents object to this annual shuffle.
For the 2008-09 school year, for example, the school district has stated that it will reassign some 6,464 students in order to affect a new system-wide policy designed to help schools in the same geographic area achieve similar economic demographics.
Integration by achievement will assign students to schools based on their previous achievements on standardised state test scores.
Schools will have 70% of its students' scores at or above the proficient level while the remaining 30% scores below the proficient level.
The merger was proposed initially by business leaders in the early 1970s out of concerns that continued "white flight" from Raleigh's inner-city schools would negatively impact the county's overall economy.
Political and educational leaders also hoped that merging the two systems would ease court-mandated desegregation.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is a public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina.
With 159,549 students enrolled in 187 schools as of the 2018-19 School year with seven new ones being built, The current school system is the result of a 1976 merger between the previous (historically largely white) Wake County school system and the former (historically largely minority) Raleigh City schools.
The proposal proved initially unpopular with residents, however, who rejected it by a 3-1 margin in a non-binding referendum in 1973.
School and business leaders instead convinced the North Carolina General Assembly to force the merger.