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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06

NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: DECEMBER 6, 2005

2005 N.C. SCHOOL REPORT CARDS LAUNCHED TODAY

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction launched the 2005 N.C. School Report Cards today, providing parents, educators and others interested in public schools with an up-to-date "one-stop" shop to locate information about how the state's schools and school districts are performing on a variety of measures.

Local school districts will be distributing copies of the report cards to parents across the state beginning today. They are available online at www.ncreportcards.org and provide a variety of search capabilities.

"The N.C. School Report Cards provide a comprehensive resource for parents to learn more about their schools - not just test scores, but also data about funding, teacher quality, school safety, and school facilities and technology resources," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said he encourages parents to use this information in constructive ways to improve schools. "The N.C. School Report Cards provide a snapshot of how schools are doing in many arenas. With this information, parents and educators have data to help them be stronger, more informed advocates for their schools," he said.

The N.C. School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001. The most current and comparable information about local schools, districts and the state overall is provided in this on-line resource. Users of the report cards can search by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by a list of the state's 115 school districts. Advanced search capabilities allow for customized searches.

Each school report card includes a school profile, information about academic performance, school climate and safety and teacher quality. School snapshot summaries are online in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.