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FAFSA

‘Finish the FAFSA’ makes it easier for high schools to track FAFSA completions

This is the fifth piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. Any...

Louisiana increased FAFSA completion by 25% in 1 year. Here’s what they learned.

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Tennessee currently leads the nation in FAFSA completion. Here’s how they did it.

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FAFSA completion rates: Where does NC stand?

This is the second piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. As...

FAFSA completion is key to postsecondary attainment. Here are 6 ways states can boost their rates.

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Coronavirus

Will high school sports resume in the fall? The answer is complicated.

If North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers remain steady, some high school sports could return this fall. The N.C. Department of Health...

Early Childhood

NC Child releases annual indicators of children’s well-being for all 100 counties

NC Child, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues that affect young children, has released its 2020 County Data Cards...

Literacy

Task force’s work on improving reading instruction to go before State Board next week

The State Board of Education Literacy Task Force is zeroing in on its final recommendations for how reading instruction should...

Early Childhood

Home visiting without home visiting: Programs adapt and support families — but with limited reach

Julie Smith, a licensed counselor for Child First, an intensive home visiting program that provides mental health support to young...

Literacy

Experts express concern about proposed definition of high-quality reading instruction

Words matter.  State education leaders have grappled over the right words to define “high quality reading instruction” for more than...

Coronavirus

Istation, mCLASS, or another tool? Districts will get to choose

The State Board of Education took up the distribution of federal COVID-19 funds, guidance for district remote learning plans, extension...

Learning Differences

State looking to change policy for students with specific learning disabilities

The policy for identifying and evaluating students for special services through the state’s special education program may change when the...

Community Colleges

With social distancing and protective gear in place, some community college students return to campus

Almost two months after community colleges moved the vast majority of their classes online, some community college students were allowed...

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Ask & Answer

Candidates sound off on state superintendent’s role during COVID-19

In a recent survey, EducationNC asked teachers what questions they had for the two candidates for state superintendent of public...

Coronavirus

Pinch points to possibilities: A virtual event series about authentic innovation with Ben Owens

Ben Owens, part of the Education Innovation Network NC and co-founder of the nonprofit, Open Way Learning, is co-hosting a...

FAFSA

‘Finish the FAFSA’ makes it easier for high schools to track FAFSA completions

This is the fifth piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. Any...

FAFSA

Louisiana increased FAFSA completion by 25% in 1 year. Here’s what they learned.

This is the fourth piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. For...

FAFSA

Tennessee currently leads the nation in FAFSA completion. Here’s how they did it.

This is the third piece in a series on the FAFSA. Follow along with the rest of the series here. For...

Community Colleges

How North Carolina’s community colleges are responding to COVID-19: A new database from EdNC

The phrase “these are unprecedented times” bubbles up in almost every conversation regarding the state of education amid COVID-19. The...

Rural

Rural Talk: The state of rural health care

What does a well-functioning health care system require? In the third installment of Rural Talk: A Virtual Advocacy Speaker Series by...

Attainment

‘Connecting the dots that lead to educational attainment and gainful employment’

In 2019, local leaders in Henderson, Madison, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties formed the Land of Sky Educational Attainment and Workforce...

Literacy

Perspective | North Carolinians weigh in on high-quality reading instruction

“We need scientifically based and direct instruction. We need to assess skills in pre-reading, phonics, and vocabulary, as well as...

Friday with Ferrel

Perspective | Daunting decisions on schools in a battleground state

A consensus of politicians and pundits places North Carolina firmly among the key battleground states of the 2020 elections. These...

Coronavirus

Perspective | As remote learning continues, educators must prioritize social emotional learning

Remote learning has now solidified in pre-K through 12th grade systems and within the homes of students. Parents routinely ask,...

Coronavirus

Perspective | Online learning after the coronavirus crisis

School closures in response to the pandemic led educators to make heroic efforts to provide their students with online learning...

Attainment

Perspective | Workforce initiatives and COVID-19: Keeping the goals in sight

In the fall of 2019, several statewide initiatives were progressing rapidly toward goals intended to help North Carolina citizens attain...

Coronavirus

Perspective | NC charters are positioned to respond to hard times in education

In the recent weeks following Gov. Cooper’s stay-at-home order, North Carolina homes have transformed into offices, gyms, barbershops, restaurants, movie...