Published Online: January 3, 2006

North Carolina's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 2,260
Public school teachers 89,988
Pre-K-12 students 1,360,209
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $8.8 billion
Minority students 41.7%
Children in poverty 22%
Students with disabilities 14.2%
English-language learners 4.5%

Summary of Grades

North Carolina scores above the average state in two of the four graded categories of education policy in Quality Counts, just below average on one, and right at average in another.

In standards and accountability, the state does well largely because of its school accountability measures. North Carolina sanctions and provides assistance to all low-performing schools and also rewards high-performing or improving schools. Its grade suffers because the state lacks assessments aligned to standards at the elementary and middle school levels in science and social studies.

The state performs above average in teacher quality. With written professional-development standards and state-financed professional development for all districts, North Carolina receives full credit for policies related to professional support and training. The state also fares well in accountability for teacher quality. Its school report cards include several pieces of information related to teacher qualifications.

In school climate, North Carolina posts average marks for performance. It earns full credit for the class-size indicators, but it is one of a few states without a public school open-enrollment program.

The state’s poorest showing is in the resource equity category. It has the second-worst wealth-neutrality score in the nation, meaning that per-pupil funding levels in the state’s wealthier districts tend to be considerably higher than in its poorer districts.

State Policy Report Card
North CarolinaAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability B B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 35.83 40
Assessment 18.18 30
School accountability 30 30
84 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.46 35
Teacher assessment 27 30
Professional support and training 19.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 13.5 15
86 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 11.33 15
School safety 18.25 20
Parent involvement 9.6 15
Choice and autonomy 13.5 20
Class size 9.86 10
School size 6.5 10
School facilities 7.5 10
77 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 16.67 33.3
McLoone Index 27.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 27.33 33.3
71 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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