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April 30, 2015

NC: Beaufort Schools Awarded Grant for Pre-Med, Technology Magnet Programs

April 26, 2021

Seven schools in North Carolina’s Beaufort County will receive funding to deliver new magnet programs in the areas of pre-med, network engineering, and cybersecurity thanks to a grant from the federal Education Department. The grant program is focused on expanding outreach to minority students and...

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Competency-Based Education Can Help Foster Educational Equity in North Carolina

May 20, 2020

In the fourth of a five-part series, Allison Redden and Kayla M. Siler take a look back at the last 10 years of North Carolina’s education system to see how investments have helped shape the state’s educational landscape and to what extent these investments have...

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Clay County Schools Named in North Carolina’s Top 10 for Graduation Rate

December 5, 2019

The Clay County Board of Education recently announced good news—Clay County High School “was named in North Carolina’s Top 10 for graduation rate at 93.6 percent, up from 86 percent.” Meanwhile, at Hayesville Elementary School, “reading proficiency levels met or exceeded the state average across...

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Despite Improvement, Racial Achievement Gap Persists in some North Carolina Schools

November 8, 2019

Education officials in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools see some signs of improvement in a racial achievement gap, but there is still work to be done, according to Matt Goad for News & Observer. According to accountability results, the district met just under a quarter of...

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North Carolina Releases Interim Progress Report

September 6, 2019

Last week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released data “on the interim progress that North Carolina schools are making to reach long-term, 10-year goals, a new reporting requirement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” For this, the second year of interim goals,...

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North Carolina Getting it Right on Personalized Learning?

June 7, 2018

Henry Kronk writes in eLearningInside News in the context U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ recent approval of North Carolina’s ESSA plan that, as part of its, plan, the state has joined many others “by encouraging educators to test personalized and adaptive learning in the...

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District Leveraging ESSA to Fight “Summer Slide”

June 6, 2018

Kate Stringer reports in The 74 that this summer, North Carolina’s Guilford County School District “is making a large investment to combat summer slide—the loss of academic gains that can occur over idle summer months.” More than “20,000 students in the 49 Title I elementary schools will...

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Options Limited for Bringing Experienced Teachers to High-Poverty NC Schools?

June 1, 2018

According to the Charlotte Observer, North Carolina is struggling to convince federal education officials that “the state can provide some of its most vulnerable students with access to high-quality teachers.” The article explains that the U.S. Dept. of Education had “a lot of questions before...

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Seven More States Need Specifics

December 18, 2017

The Dept. of Education sent letters to Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming enumerating federal feedback on their ESSA plans.

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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NC Board of Ed Takes Final Vote on Draft ESSA Plan

September 4, 2017

North Carolina’s Board of Education will take a final vote on its draft ESSA plan this week. The state’s Department of Public Instruction “plans to measure improvement in student scores, as it has in the past,” but “it may add a non-academic indicator like school...

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NC Discusses ESSA Plan at August Meeting

August 4, 2017

The North Carolina State Board of Education discussed the state’s ESSA plan at their August meeting. Lisa Godwin, the state Teacher of the Year adviser board member, argued that, “We have to get away from cookie-cutter assessments because our students are individuals,” and “until we...

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NC Dept. of Public Instruction Releases First Draft of State’s Application For Funds Under ESSA

September 30, 2016

The North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction released the first “draft of the state’s application for funds authorized under ESSA.” Over the next two months, the Dept. will host a second round of regional public comment sessions, hold a second External Stakeholder Meeting, conduct the...

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NC Dept. of Public Instruction Schedules Second Round of Public Comment Sessions

September 21, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has scheduled a second round of six public comment sessions to receive feedback on ESSA. The purpose of this second round of sessions is to provide opportunities for the public to make comments on the rough draft of...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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NC State Ed Officials Meet in Charlotte for Third Public Input Session

April 24, 2016

State education officials met in Charlotte on Tuesday for the third public input session on ESSA. Read more here.

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NC Dept. of Public Instruction’s Dr. Lou Fabrizio Highlights Series of Public Hearings on ESSA

April 5, 2016

At the State Board planning and work session, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Dr. Lou Fabrizio presented on ESSA implementation in the state. He highlighted a series of six public hearings (4 in April and 2 in May) around the state on ESSA. North...

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