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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: DECEMBER 4, 2003

Contact: Samantha Slapnik
Governor's Press Office
919.733.5612
www.governor.state.nc.us

GOV. EASLEY UNVEILS NEW N.C. SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

Billboard Business Donates Space to Help Spread Word Across State

RALEIGH - Gov. Mike Easley joined State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee and State Superintendent of Education Mike Ward today to unveil the 2003 North Carolina School Report Cards. The report cards include more information than ever before and will be distributed to parents by districts starting Friday, which was proclaimed N.C. School Report Card Day.

"It is our job to help parents do their job," said Easley. "With the information available in the school report cards, parents across the state will know exactly what is going on in their schools. We must continue to do what we can to keep our parents informed and involved. When parents are involved, children succeed."


The 2003 N.C. School Report Cards include new data including:

  • School district information about school facilities.
  • School district financial information including the amount of federal, state and local funding; how funds are spent; and capital expenditures.
  • New teacher quality information as defined by the federal "No Child Left Behind" statutes.
  • Adequate Yearly Progress results according to federal "No Child Left Behind" statutes.
  • New school suspension and school violence data.
  • High school graduation rates.
  • The number of classrooms with Internet connections.

"Each year, we have worked to provide new levels of school information for parents and citizens," said Ward. "This year, parents can access critical information about the safety of schools and new measures of student achievement. We will continue to broaden and improve the information available to North Carolinians about their schools."

Also today, Gov. Easley announced a partnership among the State Board of Education, the Department of Public Instruction and Fairway Outdoor Advertising to help spread word about school report cards to the public. Fairway Outdoor Advertising has donated advertising space on 200 existing billboards across the state to publicize the report cards and the website www.NCReportCards.org. The donation is valued at $100,000.

"The N.C. School Report Card effort is one of the best examples of partnership in the state," said Lee. "It brings together state government, local school districts and private industry to help spread the word about North Carolina school performance."

For more information about the N.C. School Report Card and how to interpret the data, log onto www.NCReportCards.org.

www.NCReportCards.org

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.