NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: AUGUST 9, 2016


North Carolina public schools moved up to 19th in the state public school rankings published annually by WalletHub, a personal finance website that launched in August 2013. North Carolina previously was ranked 37th by the website.

State Superintendent June Atkinson highlighted this ranking in her monthly report to the State Board of Education last week. She noted that WalletHub’s ranking considered measures of school quality (80 points) and school system safety (20 points) in making its rankings.

“North Carolina’s improved ranking illustrates the ongoing commitment that local teachers and other educators have to serving every student’s educational needs. I congratulate each of our 115 school districts and 167 charter schools for their continued focus on student learning and excellence,” Atkinson said.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to highlight top-performing school systems. In making such a comparison, analysts examined each state and the District across 17 key metrics, ranging from student-teacher ratio to average SAT and ACT scores to dropout rate.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.

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