Why Hire Standards?

Preparing our students for a secure future in the 21st century and ensuring economic growth for our state requires higher educational standards. North Carolina has raised the bar to ensure we all get there.

In 2009, governors, state superintendents, state boards of education, teachers, parents and business leaders from across the country took the historic step of planning for a shared set of rigorous, globally competitive and easy-to-understand state academic standards. In 2011, North Carolina began teaching these college- and career-ready standards, including higher Common Core State Standards in math and English, to ensure our economy grows and our students have jobs in the 21st century.

We must prepare our children to succeed in the world they will work in, not just today’s classrooms. Our educators are preparing each student with real-world skills to join the workforce of tomorrow.

These “higher standards” are actually “hire standards” – the standards we need to ensure our economy grows, our communities thrive and our students succeed in real, local jobs.

What are Hire Standards?

Forty-five states, the District of Columbia and two territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards as part of their own globally benchmarked standards.

Higher standards that place more emphasis on learning than memorization are paramount to success. Teaching and learning must focus on critical thinking, strong writing skills and problem solving – the real-world skills that students need upon graduation. These new standards have been benchmarked to internationally competitive levels in English and math. This means students may be more challenged by the material, and the tests they take will measure more advanced concepts and require students to show their work.
North Carolina adopted these standards so students will have the same knowledge and skills as their peers in other states and countries, and will be better prepared for college and/or careers. Families, businesses and military personnel that move to North Carolina will know we expect great things from our students, and that our schools work hard to prepare every student. And our local school systems and the curriculum will remain in North Carolina.

Hire Standards make clear what students should know and be able to do at every grade level, to be ready for work or college after high school. Read North Carolina's fewer, clearer, higher Math Common Core State Standards and English/Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

Hire Standards Supporters

Public and private leaders across the state agree that North Carolina’s college- and career-ready standards are integral to preparing all students for jobs in the modern economy and compete for the jobs of tomorrow.

Today, public and privately held companies stand united with education and non-profit institutions in support of college and career ready standards. Employers need students who are equipped with real-world learning, problem solving and a genuine understanding of the skills that are needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
  • ABB Inc.
  • Accuro Group
  • America's Edge
  • Belk Foundation
  • Biogen Idec
  • Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Boone Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Business for Education Success and Transformation North Carolina
  • CarolinaCAN - the North Carolina Campaign for Achievement Now
  • Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Charlotte Chamber
  • ColeJenest&Stone, P.A.
  • Cook Medical
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Elinvar
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
  • General Parts International, Inc. / CARQUEST
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
  • The Greensboro Partnership
  • Hanesbrands, Inc.
  • The Hunt Institute
  • Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
  • Martin Community College
  • MCNC
  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • Moore County Chamber of Commerce
  • National Spinning Co., Inc.
  • NC Business Committee for Education
  • NC Parent Teacher Association
  • NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology
  • North Carolina Association of Educators
  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators
  • North Carolina Chamber
  • North Carolina Community College System
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities
  • North Carolina New Schools
  • North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association
  • North Carolina Ready for Success
  • North Carolina School Superintendents' Association
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Professional Educators of North Carolina
  • Red Hat, Inc.
  • Rowan County Chamber of Commerce
  • R+M Agency
  • SAS
  • Systel
  • TradeMark Properties
  • United States Chamber of Commerce
  • University of North Carolina
  • VisionPoint Marketing
  • Wake Education Partnership
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  • Windsor/Bertie Chamber of Commerce

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