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Quick Reference Guides for the NC Standard Course of Study, Grades K-8

Course Code Guidance
This document contains a description of the course code structure and an explanation of the seven-digit code as well as guidance for scheduling various types of courses.
(pdf, 326kb)

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Draft Honors Implementation Guide
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(pdf, 1.2mb)

Honors Course Review Protocol

Honors Course Review Protocol Memo (December 2006)
(pdf, 114kb)

Honors Course Review Protocol Memo (October 2007)
(pdf, 63kb)

Honors Course Rubric
(pdf, 234kb)

NC Course of Study Graduation Requirements

NC Academic Scholars Program
Information regarding challenging high school programs
(pdf, 309kb)

NC High School Exit Standards Implementation Guide
This guide contains policy, procedures and strategies for implementing high school exit standards. Students beginning with the freshman class of 2006-07 are required to achieve proficiency on the five End of Course Assessments and successfully complete a graduation project. Topics in the handbook include: Policies, Graduation Project, Limited English Proficient (LEP) Considerations, and Exceptional Children (EC) Considerations.
(pdf, 468kb)

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs

Transition Planning For 21st Century Schools
Because learning is a continuous process, transition planning is important for all who educate and guide students. UCLA (2003) urges schools to "understand the impact of transitions and establish a range of transition supports". Transition Planning is designed to support districts, schools, and classrooms with the development and evaluation of a comprehensive and coordinated transition plan. Although students experience transitions at each grade level, this document offers a framework for transitions that occur during preschool to kindergarten, second grade to third grade, elementary to middle grades, middles grades to secondary and beyond. Additional transition resources are provided.
(pdf, 638kb)

Global Task Force Report - Available Fall, 2012

A New Mission for Middle Grades – Southern Regional Education Board Report of the Middle Grades Commission
(pdf, 4.6mb)

UNC Minimum Course Requirements

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
This document is the current weighted grade agreement between UNC-General Administration, the North Carolina Community College System, and NCDPI.
(pdf, 10kb)

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)
This agreement is a transfer course list containing 600+ courses eligible for 5 quality points through the North Carolina Community College System.
(pdf, 0kb)

Textbook Adoption

Employment and Licensure