The Imperative

We have an economic, constitutional and moral imperative for transforming education in North Carolina

The business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, comprehensive agenda. BEST NC’s focus is clear: to improve the quality of education for North Carolina’s students and ensure the well-educated workforce that our businesses and economy require.

The Moral Imperative

Every child in North Carolina deserves and is owed the opportunity to obtain an excellent education, regardless of his or her race, family income, or zip code.

The Economic Imperative

North Carolina’s future economy, business environment and quality of life depend on how well we equip today’s students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to succeed in school, work, and life.

The Constitutional Imperative

North Carolina is Facing a Growing Skills Gap

As business leaders, we believe the ultimate goal of education should be to create an educated and skilled citizenry that can be gainfully employed in North Carolina. Unfortunately, that goal is not being realized in North Carolina’s current education system and the state is experiencing a growing skills gap.

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NORTH CAROLINA'S GRADUATION RATE IN 2019

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OF NC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES MET THE ACT COLLEGE READINESS BENCHMARKS IN 2019

44

OF STUDENTS WERE CAREER AND COLLEGE READY ON NC END-OF-COURSE EXAMS

In 2020, 68% of jobs in North Carolina require some postsecondary education.

68%

By 2020, only 49% of North Carolinians aged 25-44 have obtained a postsecondary degree or high-quality workforce credential.

49%

In 2020, only 43% of North Carolinians have an associate degree or higher.

43%

Schools from Pre-K to Post-Graduate are Facing a Talent Crisis

As business leaders, we understand how critical talent management is to the success of any organization. Currently, North Carolina lacks a comprehensive plan that will successfully recruit, prepare, and retain excellent educators for all students, pre-k through post-graduate.

7,115 teachers out of the 94,672 teachers employed during the 2018-19 school year are no longer employed in North Carolina public schools, resulting in a statewide attrition rate of 7.5%

Teacher Turnover 2019-2020: 7.5%

North Carolina is Struggling to Move from Good to Great

As business leaders, we want North Carolina schools to be the best in the country. We must focus on transformational changes that will take our education system from good to great.

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In 2019, only 36% of North Carolina 4th graders were proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP 4th Grade Reading Scores, 1998-2019

  • National Avg
  • MA
  • NC

Students Are Not Ready to Learn

As business leaders, we know that teachers can be most effective when students are ready to learn. Too many students in North Carolina are entering classrooms every day without the skills and resources they need to be successful.

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IN NC ARE 'AT RISK' AND MEET NC PRE-K ELIGIBILITY

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SERVED IN NC PRE-K IN 2018

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WHO ARE ELIGIBLE AND NOT BEING SERVED