NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: JUNE 4, 2010


The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted the Common Core State Standards, released earlier this week by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. With the adoption of these state-led education standards, North Carolina is in the first group of states to embrace clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare children for success in college and work.

"This is the first time that states have led an effort to create a common set of learning standards for our students," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "North Carolina’s own essential standards are well aligned with the math and English Common Core, and we look forward to the benefits these new standards will bring for our students. We also are excited about the opportunities the Common Core offers us to share professional development and best practices with our partner states."

North Carolina was one of the 48 states to participate in the state consortium led by governors and chief state school officers. Teachers, NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff members and other groups have provided valuable feedback to the groups working since fall 2009 to write the Common Core standards on behalf of the state consortium. With the release of the Common Core, it is up to each participating state to formally adopt the Core and to plan their state’s implementation.

"North Carolina is pleased to be one of the first states to adopt the Common Core," said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison. "Our state has been a leader in the movement from the beginning because we believe that it makes sense to collaborate with other states that share our vision for clear and rigorous standards."

The new standards define the knowledge and skills students should have throughout their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and careers. The standards:

  • are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • are informed by other top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society; and
  • are evidence- and research-based.

Over the next two months, the State Board of Education and the NCDPI will receive public comment and create an operational rollout plan for the fall of 2012. Comments are being received at The full Common Core standards can be viewed at

For more information, please contact the NCDPI 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.