School Report Card Welcome Letter

Dear students, parents, caretakers, and educators,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your elected leader for North Carolina's public schools. We are working hard in Raleigh to promote the positive changes for our schools that we know our students and educators deserve.

The NC School Report Cards website contains snapshots of information about our schools, including the school performance grade, student academic growth, how prepared our students are when they enter a school, and a number of other measures I hope you find valuable.

As a former teacher, I can tell you this information, while important, cannot tell you the entire story of a school. These facts and figures cannot voice the extra hours put in by your teachers preparing for class and grading assignments, the school spirit felt by families, the involvement in sports, arts, or other extracurriculars that build character, and other crucial aspects of a school community.

We launched the new website, a completely redesigned online resource that provides the transparency you need into the characteristics and performance of your school in an easy-to-use format, to better inform you. I encourage you to follow the link to a school's individual website to find out more about the school's full story.

The release of the 2016-17 School Report Cards includes two new features I asked staff to develop for you. The first is information related to Career and Technical Education - what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials earned by students. The second new feature is a student readiness indicator, which shows the percentage of students entering a school's lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year. The student readiness indicator, along with information about the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, provide context to the test scores and other information provided.

As a parent myself, I believe this is the kind of information we need, in an accessible format we can understand, about North Carolina's public schools. I hope you will find it valuable too.


Yours truly,
Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction