Common Core in North Carolina:
Common Core State Standards

North Carolina’s curriculum and Common Core–aligned state assessments debuted in 2012. However, the legislature cut off funding for the implementation of SBAC assessments in 2013, so the consortia assessments will not be implemented absent further action by the legislature.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

The North Carolina Department of Education has left curriculum alignment almost entirely in the hands of the states.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

The North Carolina legislature’s budget for fiscal year 2014 prohibits the state board of education from spending any money to implement the SBAC assessments. Thus, Common Core assessments have been temporarily halted in North Carolina unless the state legislature votes to reinstate funding.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

The budget for fiscal year 2014 cut off funding for SBAC assessments. In July 2014, Governor McCrory signed senate bill 812 into law, creating a committee to review and possibly replace the Common Core standards.


The North Carolina House Education Committee passed HB 1061, to “replace Common Core to meet North Carolina’s needs.”


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in North Carolina

Senator Tillman
Opposes CC

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Updated: 8/11/2014