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This page was designed to support North Carolina LEAs and interested districts as they guide students through the Graduation Project.  All of the information and knowledge captured in this space has been culled from best practices in LEAs across North Carolina; where appropriate, notations and contacts are available.  


The North Carolina Graduation Project is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary performance assessment completed over time.

  • The NC Graduation Project provides students the opportunity to connect content knowledge, acquired skills, and work habits to real world situations and issues.
  • Through the graduation project process, students will engage various specific skills that include: computer knowledge, employability skills, information-retrieval skills, language skills – reading, language skills – writing, teamwork, and thinking/problem-solving skills.
  • The NC Graduation Project consisting of four components (a research paper, product, portfolio, and an oral presentation culminates in a student's final year of high school.
  • Student engagement in the graduation project process and the completion of the graduation project demonstrates the integration of knowledge, skills, and performance.

Below are three documents--one state level and two LEA-specific items--to which we are pleased to direct you as you plan to implement Graduation Project in your LEA.

North Carolina Implementation Guide (former)
(pdf, 3.6mb)

LEA-specific Samples

The pages that follow offer guidance and resources to LEAs and to schools interested in implementing the North Carolina Graduation Project, which provides students an authentic, effective performance-based assessment designed to prepare students for life and for work in the new economy.

Partners who support and expand this work include:

  • North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE)
  • North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE)
  • The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
  • Futures 4 Kids