RALEIGH, NC Jan. 13, 2015 – More than 50 of the state’s 115 local superintendents stood together today in a historic showing of unity to unveil the “North Carolina Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools.” The guide, created with participation and support from superintendents of all North Carolina’s school districts, reflects priorities for enhancing pre-K-12 education in the state and specific strategies to achieve those goals.
“This guide is much more than a set of legislative priorities,” said Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of the Mooresville Graded Schools and President of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association. “This reflects a concerted effort by all North Carolina superintendents to outline a long-term vision of where our schools need to go and identify a path to get us there.”
Edwards, flanked by a majority of the state’s local superintendents at a press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center, said creation of this guide is historic for North Carolina because it reflects the shared vision and leadership of all 115 local superintendents. The initiative was chaired by Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Schools; and Dr. Frank Till, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools. Collaboration on the guide occurred in fall and winter of 2014, with completion in early January 2015.
“We felt that the CEOs of the school districts needed to step up together and identify the shared path of progress for our public schools,” said Dr. Till.
Dr. Jackson said, “This guide includes six key student-centered goals for strengthening public education in North Carolina as well as the specific steps that we as superintendents are urging lawmakers and other state leaders to take to accomplish each.”
The goals and focus areas include:
- Prepared Graduates | All North Carolina students will graduate prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.
- Assessment | School districts will use multiple, balanced, and appropriate assessments to measure student growth and achievement.
- Instructional Delivery | All North Carolina public school students will receive high quality instruction delivered by the nation’s best teachers.
- Digital Learning | North Carolina will embrace digital learning to transform our public schools and communities.
- Human Capital | Develop North Carolina’s human capital for the provision of high-quality public education.
- Funding Public Education | North Carolina will rank 25th nationwide in public school funding by 2025.
The executive summary and comprehensive guide are being distributed to lawmakers as the General Assembly begins its 2015 long session in Raleigh this month. Contact the North Carolina School Superintendents Association for more information.
The North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA) is the membership organization that provides leadership and support for school superintendents in the state. The NCSSA is a core affiliate of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), an umbrella organization uniting 11 facets of school administration with the shared mission of ensuring student success through visionary leadership.