Like most of the nation’s states, North Carolina will put into practice for the 2012-2013 school year the Common Core State Standards for public schools. The Common Core was coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and input from teachers, administrators, college professors, and representatives from student groups including students with disabilities, English learning students, and civil rights groups was considered in the creation of the standards. Public feedback included 10,000 responses.

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced N.C.’s State Board of Education adoption of the Common Core in June of 2010. She was meeting with the U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, when she made the announcement.
“North Carolina has always been a leader in education reform and this is yet another example of how the leadership in this state remains committed to putting our children first,” said Perdue in a press release.
The Common Core’s key points are in English language arts, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology, and in mathematics. The standards in each subject and in each grade are geared to ensure graduating high school students are “able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.”
Students will be expected to: read diverse texts, classic and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction; write logical arguments with sound reasoning; communicate at the individual and group levels; analyze and use media; apply mathematics to the real world; use mathematics and statistics in decision making.
The Common Core was not created on the national level. It is a state-led initiative, though federal funding is available. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers has stated they intend to remain state-led.
“This is the first time that states have led an effort to create a common set of learning standards for our students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a press release. “North Carolina’s own essential standards are well aligned with the math and English Common Core, and we look forward to the benefits for our students. We are excited about the opportunities the Common Core offers us to share professional development and best practices with our partner states.”