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Governor:Roy Cooper
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Mark Johnson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,548,895
Number of school districts:307
Number of public schools:2,634
Number of public school teachers:99,320
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,512
Percent minority students:48.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:57.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.8%
Percent of English-language learners:6.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.0%
8th grade math:34.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.5%
8th grade reading:32.9%

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September 25, 2019 – Education Week
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September 3, 2019 – Education Week
North Carolina officials' switch in reading-test vendors just weeks before the new school year got underway is spotlighting the often murky process of contracts and procurements for K-12 services.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
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January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
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October 24, 2018 – Education Week
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September 26, 2018 – Education Week

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