NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: OCTOBER 11, 2013


National education nonprofit Project Tomorrow has selected the NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS) as a Speak Up 200 school. Speak Up 200 schools are a collection of top K-12 schools that encourage and involve student, parent and teacher ideas and views in education planning and decision-making.

NCVPS Executive Director Tracy Weeks said that they are thrilled to be recognized by Project Tomorrow and have found the experience to be incredibly valuable. "The Speak Up survey provides NCVPS with valuable feedback on how our students and teachers approach digital learning. By using this tool, we can look for trends to help us forecast online instructional and course development that aligns with the needs of our teachers and students."

In making the announcement, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans noted, "We are very encouraged to know that some of the most innovative districts in our country are using the ideas of students as well as parents and teachers as input into their decision-making. By empowering student voices, the 2012 Speak Up 200 schools provide the education community with powerful examples of the value of including stakeholders in these important discussions around education transformation and school improvement."

As a designated Speak Up 200 school, the NCVPS will be prominently featured on the Project Tomorrow website,, and receive special recognition including a unique Speak Up 200 logo to use on its website. Project Tomorrow also will promote the distinction to North Carolina's congressional representatives and governor to demonstrate the power of educational innovation at the local level. Additionally, Speak UP 200 schools' success stories are shared with the organization's partners and national policy organizations to inform national and regional education reform efforts.

The NCVPS was selected from the 35,000 schools nationwide that have participated in the annual Speak Up surveys since 2003. More than 466,000 K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents, representing 8,020 public, private and charter schools from across the country participated in the Speak Up 2012 surveys.

NCVPS is the second largest virtual school in the country with over 45,000 enrollments annually. The school offers 150 different courses including Advance Placement, World Languages, Arts, Occupational Course of Study, and traditional courses. Courses are free to students who register through their local public high school.

For more information regarding the NCVPS, please contact Eliz Colbert, NCVPS Outreach and Support chief, at or 919.515.3174.

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.