Parents are critical to their children's success. Their involvement in their student's education – at school and at home – shows their support of the teacher(s), principal and school.

The READY initiative helps in this support:

  • School performance
    • Informed decisions with data by district, county and state
  • Testing
    • Assessments to better understand student progress
  • Student growth
    • Standards to ensure that what the student is learning will serve him or her well, regardless of the path he or she follows
  • The State Board of Education, Governor's office, the state legislature, the NCDPI, and the state's local superintendents fully support student success. North Carolina's receipt of federal Race to the Top monies has enabled us to speed up the development of newer, relevant technologies. Those, coupled with our continuing efforts to update our standards, assessments, and accountability methods, will empower us to prepare our students to thrive at college, in a career, and in adulthood. Together, we will elevate our students.

NC Schools and You UNC-TV Program Now Online

North Carolina Schools and You: What Changes in Our Schools Mean for Parents and Students, which originally aired in fall 2013 on UNC-TV, is now online at As a reminder, North Carolina Schools and You is an hour-long show that offers information and discussion around recent important changes in public schools and how parents could be more productively engaged in their children's success. Topics include Teaching and Learning: What Students Are Learning and How; Measuring Performance: New Assessments and Accountability Model; and Parent Engagement: How Parents Can Support Learning. A Viewer's Guide to accompany the program is available here.
(pdf, 3.7mb)

UNC-TV Transcript
(doc, 98kb)

2012 Outreach Meeting Materials

2012 Regional Outreach Handouts
(pdf, 736kb)   LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 21, 2013

READY and Home Base Communications Guide
(pdf, 602kb)


Accountability and Curriculum Reform Efforts (ACRE) For Parents
North Carolina is implementing new Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards to ensure that students learn and master what they must know to succeed in college, career and life.

Career and College: Ready, Set, Go!
The READY initiative is central to North Carolina's effort to ensure that more students are well prepared for college and life.

ABCs of Accountability
The 2011-12 school year is the last year for the ABCs accountability program. The new READY Accountability Model will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year. Please visit the ABCs site to learn more on how we measure student success.

Educator Effectiveness
A new evaluation model for teachers and leaders incorporates student growth for the first time, beginning in fall 2012.