North Carolina



State Governance

State Board of Education

The North Carolina state board of education consists of thirteen members, each serving an eight-year term. Eleven Board members are appointed by the governor and must be approved during a joint session of the House and Senate. Additionally, there are two voting ex officio members, the State Treasurer and the Lieutenant Governor. Finally, are seven non-voting advising members; two students, two teachers of the year, one principal, one local superintendent, and one local board member.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Authorizes Charter Schools
  • Summative Assessments

Governor

Roy Cooper (D)

Chief State School Officer

Mark Johnson

Elected by a partisan ballot

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 52.6%

English Language Learners: 6.2%

Served by IDEA: 12.6%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1996

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 151

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 70,079

Charter School Cap Law: There is a cap of 460 start-up charter schools.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

North Carolina intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 17, 2017. Learn more about North Carolina’s ESSA approach.