Press Releases

NC Graduation Rate Continues to Climb; Gaps Narrow

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

North Carolina’s four-year cohort high school graduation rate increased to 87.6 percent with the class of 2020, up from 86.5 percent for the 2019 graduating class. Since 2006, when North Carolina first reported a cohort graduation rate – then 68.3 percent – this critical measure of student success has improved by more than 19 percentage points

Statement from State Superintendent Mark Johnson

Thursday, August 20, 2020

NC DPI has been made aware of concerns and press reports regarding a State Board of Education member’s recent Twitter comments equating swing voters and white moderates to white supremacists.  Plea

Volkswagen Settlement Helps NC Efforts to Modernize School Bus Fleet

Thursday, July 30, 2020

More than 50 school districts across North Carolina will be replacing older school buses with new, more environmentally friendly models under the state’s initial share of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s settlement with Volkswagen for unlawfully cheating on vehicle emissions.

Cumberland County Early College Science Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Friday, July 10, 2020

Maureen M. Stover, a science teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, was named the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today held outside a Cary hotel with a small group of attendees. Stover was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.

State Board Approves Operational Strategies to Help Public Schools Reopen for 2020-21

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Today, the State Board of Education approved the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina's Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools and a summary with navigation links to the full document. The operational strategies were developed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, teachers, support staff, local education leaders, and others, to assist the state’s public schools and communities as they develop reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year.

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