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.

DPI’s School Report Card website  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 2018-19 School Report Cards includes some of the federal requirements as mandated by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as the addition of College & Career Ready data, Kindergarten and School Readiness, and Digital materials. 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