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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09

NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: JANUARY 29, 2009

2008 NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL REPORT CARDS NOW ONLINE

We already know how North Carolina students performed on state tests last year. But student achievement is only one part of a school’s progress or success. Many of us also want to know how safe are our local schools? What are the current graduation rates? How qualified are the teachers? How much access do students have to new technology? How does one school or district compare to another? Starting today, answers to these and many more questions are just a mouse click away on the 2008 North Carolina School Report Cards available at www.ncreportcards.org.

The 2008 North Carolina School Report Cards provide parents, educators and others with an up-to-date online data resource for information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality, school technology and other topic areas. Most of the data also can be used to make comparisons among the school, district and state levels.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said, "Education is a shared investment and the School Report Cards give everyone the opportunity to see how our schools, our districts and our state did last year and where we need to focus our efforts in the future."

"The data on these School Report Cards should empower parents to start conversations with teachers and local school leaders and get involved in school improvement initiatives," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

Local schools will be distributing snapshots, or condensed versions of the report cards to parents across the state beginning today. The snapshots also are available online at www.ncreportcards.org.

Parents and community members are encouraged to discuss the report card data at PTA meetings and community meetings and with school board members and business leaders. School Report Card data can also be used to set goals or targets for school and district performance, although it should not be used as an absolute indication of whether or not one school is performing better than another.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide the public with the most current and comparable information about local schools, districts and overall state data. Users of the report cards can search by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by selecting desired school characteristics.

For more information, please contact the North Carolina 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.