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NC Pre-K Enrollment

Percentage of eligible North Carolina 4 year-olds enrolled in the public NC Pre-K program

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During the 2019-20 school year, 53% of North Carolina’s eligible 4-year-olds from lower income families were enrolled in a state Pre-K program. By 2030, the goal is that 75% of eligible four-year-olds in each county will be enrolled in public pre-K programs in North Carolina. Currently 43 out of 100 counties have met this enrollment goal.


Forty-five percent of North Carolina 3rd through 8th graders earned college-and-career-ready scores on the Reading End-of-Grade exam in 2019. By 2030, the goal is to have 73% of students in grades 3-8 earn college-and-career-ready scores in reading. 

NAEP Fourth Grade Reading

Percentage of North Carolina 4th grade students who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in Reading

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Thirty-six percent of North Carolina’s 4th grade students scored at or above proficiency on the NAEP fourth grade reading assessment, placing our state 19th among all states in 2019. In Virginia, the southern state with the highest reading proficiency rate, 38% are proficient. By 2030, the goal is that 42% of North Carolina’s 4th grade students will demonstrate reading proficiency on the NAEP assessment.


College-and-Career-Ready in Math

Percentage of North Carolina students in grades 3-8 who earned a college-and-career-ready score on the end-of-grade math exam

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Forty-one percent of North Carolina 3rd through 8th graders earned college-and-career-ready scores on the Math End-of-Grade exam in 2019. By 2030, the goal is to have 86% of students earn college-and-career-ready scores in math.


NAEP Eighth Grade Math

Percentage of North Carolina 8th grade students who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in math

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Nearly 37% of North Carolina’s 8th grade students scored at or above proficiency on the NAEP 8th grade math assessment, placing our state 20th among all states in 2019. In Virginia, the top-performing southern state, 38% of students scored at or above proficient in math. By 2030, the goal is that 42% of North Carolina’s 8th grade students will demonstrate math proficiency on the NAEP assessment.

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North Carolina County Profiles

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