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.