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NEWS RELEASES 2010-11

NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: OCTOBER 28, 2010

2010 NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL REPORT CARDS NOW ONLINE

The 2010 North Carolina School Report Cards are now online at www.ncreportcards.org and feature the state's largest collection of information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology at the state, district and school levels.

"The School Report Cards provide comprehensive data about students, teachers and schools that should support informed conversations about public education in our state," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "It more important than ever for parents and community members to be aware of and engaged in what is happening in our classrooms, especially as we move forward with North Carolina's 'Career and College: Ready, Set, Go!' plan."

School officials will be distributing local 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. As there are many factors that affect student performance, class sizes, etc., data on the Report Cards should not be viewed as an absolute indication of whether one school is performing better than another.

"While the School Report Cards website is an outstanding resource, it should only be a first stop for information," Atkinson said. "Teachers can share more about grade level and course curriculum while questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and local superintendents."

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide the public with 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.