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N.C. Receives Grant to Help Align K-12 and Post-Secondary Standards

RALEIGH—As North Carolina begins a new school year, North Carolina’s community colleges, the Department of Public Instruction and the University of North Carolina System, are recipients of a three year, $673,000 grant that will assist in the alignment of standards and assessments that reflect Common Core State Standards. The North Carolina Community College System will serve as the grant’s fiscal agent with the Department of Public Instruction and the University of North Carolina System as grant partners.

“Defining college readiness continues to be a priority for North Carolina’s education systems,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, President of the N.C. Community College System. “Together we are working toward improved assessments and increased student success. The Core-to-College Grant will help accelerate our work. The real winners will be our students who move successfully from high school to college.”

North Carolina joined Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington in receiving the grant from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors called, “Core to College: Preparing Students for College Readiness and Success.” Each state will receive $200,000 annually, provided they meet their progress goals during the grantors’ annual reviews.

North Carolina and other grantees can expand existing programs or create new efforts aimed at strengthening the state’s capacity for better coordination of reforms across all education sectors. To lead the implementation of this effort, Dr. John D. Denning has been hired as the State Director for K-12 and Postsecondary Alignment Initiatives.

“Over the past few years, we have been engaged in a groundbreaking effort to completely revise the curriculum and testing program in North Carolina,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “Universities and community colleges have been important partners in this work, and we look forward to using this grant as we continue to focus on building a seamless system of education that will prepare students at every level for their next step, whether it is college, job training or entering the workforce.”

“Student success is essential to North Carolina’s future, and we are confident our work with Core-to-College will position our state to serve as a model for others,” said Tom Ross, President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. “We have a strong group of educational partners who are all committed to improving student outcomes. These funds will bolster our ability to achieve that collective goal.”

Funding for Core to College is provided by the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The partners developed Core to College with the assistance of Education First Consulting, which will provide continuing project management. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the program’s fiscal sponsor, is responsible for grant decisions and all aspects of ongoing grant administration.