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NEWS RELEASES 2011-12

NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: OCTOBER 27, 2011

2011 NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL REPORT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE

While most public school students receive final report cards in June, schools and districts can review their annual progress each October when the North Carolina School Report Cards are released. The Report Cards, which are in the 10th year of publication, feature a collection of information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology. The School Report Cards website features data from the school, district and state levels for the 2010-11 school year and is now available at www.ncreportcards.org.

"Every North Carolinian is a stakeholder in our public school system and the North Carolina School Report Cards are one way for us to explore how our investments are translating to student success," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I encourage community members, business leaders, parents and teachers to use this website become more informed about our schools and more engaged in discussions about how we can work together to support our students and our future."

School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, or condensed versions of the Report Cards, to parents across the state beginning today. The full Report Cards and Snapshots are both 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. Parents and others also are encouraged to contact teachers for information 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.

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.