Excellence http:// North Carolina's Education Vision Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:39:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bright Light: North Carolina’s Constitutional Priority on Education http:///north-carolinas-constitutional-priority-on-education/ http:///north-carolinas-constitutional-priority-on-education/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:47:57 +0000 http://primary.phoenix-theme.com/?p=158 North Carolina has placed a high priority on education since its founding. We were one of the first states to lay the groundwork for public education in the nineteenth century, and we have one of the strongest legal foundations for public education in the nation. In the state’s Reconstruction Constitution of 1868, we recognized that “The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.” Our Constitution provides further that “The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools… wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.”

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Bright Lights – Early College High Schools: Accelerating At-Risk Students Toward College http:///bright-lights-early-college-high-schools-accelerating-at-risk-students-toward-college/ http:///bright-lights-early-college-high-schools-accelerating-at-risk-students-toward-college/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:54:54 +0000 http://brandilly.net/elevatenc/?p=1049 Early College High Schools (ECHS) blend high schools and colleges to create an academically rigorous and supportive environment where students can attain a high school diploma and two years of college credit within five years. The school model typically targets students who are traditionally underrepresented in college, including students from low-income backgrounds, first generation college students, and racial-ethnic minorities.

North Carolina’s ECHS Initiative was launched in 2004, funded by the General Assembly, and designed and supported by North Carolina New Schools. Our state leads the nation in the number of ECHS (70 in 2014) and evaluations of the Initiative show that their students have higher rates of participation and success in core college preparatory courses, higher attendance, and lower suspension rates than their peers in traditional schools. North Carolina’s Early College Students are also more likely to enroll in both two and four-year colleges.

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Bright Lights – A Historic Commitment To Finance Equity http:///bright-lights-a-historic-commitment-to-finance-equity/ http:///bright-lights-a-historic-commitment-to-finance-equity/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:47:13 +0000 http://brandilly.net/elevatenc/?p=1046 In 2012, North Carolina’s public schools tied for fourth in the nation in relative school finance equity – a measure of funding fairness across K-12 public school districts in an economically diverse state. Variations in state per-pupil spending across districts were, on average, nine percent above or below the state average. That year, the gap between the highest and lowest spending counties in North Carolina was $2,280 per student.

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Bright Lights – North Carolina’s Public Universities http:///north-carolinas-public-universities/ http:///north-carolinas-public-universities/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:40:11 +0000 http://brandilly.net/elevatenc/?p=1042 North Carolina is home to the oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chartered by the General Assembly in 1789, the University of North Carolina was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. Over the past two centuries, UNC has grown to include all public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees. Today, the UNC system enrolls more than 220,000 students across 16 campuses, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public, residential high school for gifted students. UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship institution, was recently rated a Best Value School by US News.

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Bright Lights: North Carolina’s National Board-Certified Teachers http:///bright-lights-north-carolinas-national-board-certified-teachers/ http:///bright-lights-north-carolinas-national-board-certified-teachers/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:29:56 +0000 http://brandilly.net/elevatenc/?p=1039 The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) was established in 1987 with the goal of setting high standards for the teaching profession. North Carolina’s Governor Hunt served as the first chair of the NBPTS Board of Directors, and today, the state has the largest number of National Board Certified teachers in the country. Today, over 20 percent of North Carolina’s educators are Board-certified. This is good news for our students, as the majority of research suggests that students of National Board-certified teachers make higher gains in achievement compared to non-NBPTS certified teachers.

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Bright Light: Leading Early Learning Success in North Carolina http:///leading-early-learning-success-in-north-caroina/ http:///leading-early-learning-success-in-north-caroina/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:52:20 +0000 http://brandilly.net/elevatenc/?p=1 North Carolina has a track record of innovation and nation-leading success in early care and education. Our state pioneered the nation’s first comprehensive early childhood initiative (Smart Start) to improve the quality of child care, provide access to health screenings and offer support to families. Since 2001, North Carolina has provided early childhood education through the More at Four Pre-Kindergarten Program, now known as NC Pre-K. Our state was also the birthplace of the T.E.A.C.H. project, a national model to provide early educators with scholarships to obtain higher levels of education. And we were the first state in the country to make full-day kindergarten available to all North Carolina children.

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Bright Light: North Carolina’s National Board-Certified Teachers http:///you-fully-seems-stand-inquietude-own/ http:///you-fully-seems-stand-inquietude-own/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:28:59 +0000 http://primary.loc:88/?p=1 The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) was established in 1987 with the goal of setting high standards for the teaching profession. North Carolina Governor Hunt served as the first chair of the NBPTS Board of Directors, and today, North Carolina has the largest number of National Board Certified teachers in the country, with over 20 percent of North Carolina’s educators earning the certification. This is good news for our students, as the majority of research suggests that students of National Board-certified teachers make higher gains in achievement compared to non-NBPTS certified teachers.

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