North Carolina participates in “The Nation’s Report Card,” or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. To provide a public measure of its schools’ progress, the state created the North Carolina New Schools Project, which creates specialized high schools with curricula that are tailored to workplace needs. Through its Career & College Promise program, the state offers eligible high school students options such as early college credits and training for technical careers.
North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the educational content of all K-12 grades and high school courses in the state's public schools. Each school makes its own decisions about the materials it uses to provide the education defined by the standards. Schools may offer content not included in the Standard Course of Study in the form of electives and additional coursework. The state aims to update the standards on a continual basis to incorporate recent research and best practices.
North Carolina is strongly represented among National Board Certified teachers, reports the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Approximately 20 percent of National Board Certified teachers nationwide work in the state. A tenth of the guidance counselors, library media coordinators and teachers in North Carolina are National Board Certified.