Though it’s far from perfect, the North Carolina School Report Card is usually a helpful place to get information about how students are performing in public schools across the state. Last week the Department of Public Instruction released the 2008-2009 data. One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of the new data is that low income and African-American students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are doing better on state tests than students in Wake County Schools. The scores are starting lots of discussions. That conclusion is apparent from a first glance at the data and certainly warrarnts further study. Why do certain CMS students do better? We don’t definitively know. But the result also turns on its head the conventional wisdom about the impacts of Wake’s economic diversity plan. Anyone still wondering why Wake County School administrators sat on the SAS report as long as they did?