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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08

NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: OCTOBER 8, 2007

NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEB SITE
RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

The Public Schools of North Carolina Web site was recently selected as a "2007 Best of the Web" award winner for the K-12 state Web sites category.

A panel of national judges selected the Public Schools of North Carolina site based on its display of innovation, efficiency, economy and functionality. "Once again, this year's entries showed remarkable innovation," said Marina Leight, vice president of education for the Center for Digital Education. "The K-12 Web sites continue to improve communication and expand access to learning resources for the students, parents and teachers that they serve."

Communications and Information Division Director Vanessa Jeter said, "This award highlights our site's positive direction. It honors the Web Services staff for their creative and innovative work and recognizes the work underway to ensure that our Web site continues to be robust and responsive to citizens."

Nearly 2.5 million people visit the Public Schools of North Carolina Web site each year. The Department's Division of Communications and Information has developed and maintained the site since its inception in 1997. The agency's Web and Business Process Improvements Charter, an intra-agency committee, was convened in 2005 to deal with issues such as resourcing levels of funding for the site, its rapid growth, accessibility for the disabled and site governance.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in K-12 and Higher Education. Since 2000, the Center for Digital Education has recognized and celebrated online innovation connecting government, citizens, businesses and educational communities.

For more information about this award or about the Public Schools of North Carolina Web site, please contact the NCDPI 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.