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Academic Standards

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the state standards adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The standards are known as the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards. All 50 states have adopted academic standards which guide decisions about curriculum, instruction, assessment, and opportunity to learn.

Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards outline what students should learn in English/Language Arts and Mathematics from kindergarten through 12th grade. Each year’s standards build on the previous year’s so that students graduate from high school college and career ready. The goals of the standards are to provide more rigorous instruction and a deeper understanding of content. 


North Carolina Essential Standards

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North Carolina uses the Essential Standards in all other subjects besides English Language Arts and Mathematics. These are state standards that were used for the first time in 2012-13. They were written by North Carolina teachers, university professors and business leaders. 

CTE Essential Standards can be found here.