The Imperative

We have an economic, legal 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 Legal 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 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.

100

OF NC 2013 GRADUATING CLASS TOOK THE ACT

17

OF NC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES MET THE ACT COLLEGE READINESS BENCHMARKS

49

OF NC STUDENTS DID NOT MEET ANY ACT BENCHMARKS

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

68%

In 2013, only 58% of adults in North Carolina had some postsecondary education.

58%

In 2013, only 34% of adults age 25 and older had an associate degree or higher.

34%

Our 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 talent plan that will successfully recruit and retain excellent educators from pre-k through post-graduate.

13,616 teachers out of the 95,028 teachers employed during the 2012-2013 school year left their LEA, resulting in an overall state turnover rate of 14.33%. This represents a significant increase in the turnover rate reported for the 2011-2012 school year at 12.13%.

Teacher Turnover 2012-2013: 14%

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 need to focus on the types of transformations in education that will take the state from good to great.

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In 2013, only 35% of 4th graders tested in North Carolina passed the NAEP reading proficiency exam

2013 NAEP Reading Proficiency Exam

  • 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.

70000

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

26617

SERVED IN NC PRE-K IN 2013-2014

43000

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE AND NOT BEING SERVED