NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: OCTOBER 29, 2009


The data has been compiled, the grades are in and the 2009 North Carolina School Report Cards are now online at This Web site features the state's largest collection of information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology at the state, district and school levels.

"The School Report Cards provide a virtual window into what is happening in schools and school systems across our state," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "The information on this site should empower parents to start informed discussions with principals, PTA and PTO leaders and other members of the school community about how our students and schools are doing and what we can do to improve education in North Carolina."

Local school officials will be distributing local Snapshots, or condensed versions of the Report Cards, to parents across the state beginning today. The Snapshots also are available online at As there are many factors that affect student performance, class sizes, etc., data on the Report Cards should not be viewed as an absolute indication of whether one school is performing better than another.

"Giving the public access to such a large collection of school data is one more way we are increasing accountability and transparency and showing taxpayers how their investments in public education continue to pay off for our students and our state," said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison.

The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide the public with the most comprehensive information about local schools, districts and overall state data. For the first time ever, this year's Report Cards will also feature North Carolina's National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) state-level scores. Users of the Report Cards can search by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by selecting desired school characteristics.

For more information, please contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.