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July 23, 2015

High school graduation is as much about a student’s future as it is about his or her past achievements. For the first time in 2015, hundreds of North Carolina public high school graduates’ diplomas carry seals of endorsement reflecting readiness for careers and continued academic achievement.

A year ago the State Board of Education established criteria to certify student achievement in four areas: career readiness, global language readiness, college readiness, and college/UNC readiness. A fifth recognition, for the “North Carolina Academic Scholars,” has been in place since 1984.  It recognizes students who excel in a rigorous and balanced course of study.

The power of these endorsements is that they demonstrate that students recognize that learning in a competitive global economy begins in high school and continues into higher education, the workplace and in society.

High school and college graduates alike are entering a North Carolina job market that is diverse and rewards nimble and savvy employees. Nearly 210,000 North Carolina workers are employed by foreign-owned firms, and the state is home to manufacturing facilities from 39 nations. Nearly $30 billion in North Carolina produced goods are annually exported by 9,000 companies. One in six North Carolina manufacturing jobs depends on exports. North Carolina is ranked third nationally in the number of jobs created through international direct investment.

Congratulations to the students who earned endorsements in 2015. If you know any 2015 high school graduates who earned endorsements, here’s what they did, (pdf, 574kb) to earn this achievement. These endorsements, (pdf, 574kb) are one more way we can ensure that our graduates are prepared to find success in whatever path they take in the future.

June St. Clair Atkinson
State Superintendent