Press Releases

Summerpalooza! Summits Scheduled; Focus on Strength in Numbers

Monday, October 1, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services Section, along with a diverse group of partners, is inviting all private nonprofits, public organizations and advocates interested in eliminating summer hunger for children to participate in the fifth annual SummerPalooza! Summits. This year's theme, "Strength in Numbers," represents a focus on collaboration among diverse partners to create more sustainable and successful Summer Nutrition Programs in North Carolina.

Three Schools Earn Recognition as Leaders in STEM Education

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The North Carolina State Board of Education recognized three public schools earlier this month for exemplary leadership and instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These schools are the latest schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's STEM Recognition Program.

NC Dept. Of Public Instruction announces leadership changes

Monday, September 17, 2018

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday the appointments of LaTeesa Allen as new superintendent of the Innovative School District (ISD) and Christie Lynch Ebert as the new director for DPI’s Standards, Curriculum and Instruction division. Both positions will report to Eric Hall, who was recently named deputy state superintendent of innovation.

More Than a Third of Schools Earn As and Bs in NC Accountability Reporting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

More than a third of North Carolina’s 2,537 public schools earned As and Bs for 2017-18 under the state’s annual School Performance Grade accountability measurement, with nearly three quarters meeting or exceeding expectations for academic progress. About 22 percent of the schools received a grade of D or F.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson Declares September School Safety Month in North Carolina

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Joined by state legislators, school administrators, law enforcement officials and members of the mental health professionals, State Superintendent Mark Johnson proclaimed September as School Safety Month in North Carolina, pointing to the importance of school safety and highlighting efforts to ensure all North Carolina students have a safe and productive school year.

N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction announces additions to leadership team

Thursday, August 30, 2018

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced three new additions to the leadership team at the Department of Public Instruction today. Kathryn Johnston will serve as the newly created deputy superintendent of operations, Michael Wells will be the director of federal programs, and Barbara Roper will be the new chief financial officer.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces changes to help reduce testing for North Carolina's youngest students

Monday, August 27, 2018

As many students in North Carolina public schools begin school this week, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced that he has taken steps to reduce the time spent testing for many of the state’s youngest scholars. The move follows a survey (pdf, 101kb) Johnson sent to teachers last school year that showed that 76 percent of North Carolina teachers think their students are tested too much.

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