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U.S. News & World Report's America's Best High Schools project identifies the top 100 public high schools in the country based on how well the schools serve all of their students. In 2009 the study ranked two North Carolina schools in the top 25: The Early College at Guilford (#18) and Raleigh Charter School (#24).

Teacher's Aides in North Carolina

The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants seeks to advance the role of teacher assistants in the public schools, offers professional development opportunities, and advocates for the improvement of wages and employment security.

According to the National Council of Education Statistics (NCES), 28,735 instructional aides worked in North Carolina schools in the 2006-2007 school year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the mean annual wage for teacher assistants in North Carolina was $19,990 in May 2008.

Integration of Technology into Curriculum and Instruction

The North Carolina Standard Course of Study provides a rigorous and uniform set of academic standards for the state. It includes curriculum for every child in North Carolina's public schools, plus electives. The Computer/Technology Skills Standard Course of Study is designed to integrate technology skills into all content areas of instruction. The curriculum for all areas of the Standard Course of Study is revised regularly in order to remain consistent with changing needs.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School offers students courses they cannot take at their schools, thereby augmenting the local schools' programs of study. In addition, North Carolina high school students can earn college credits through a Learn & Earn Online initiative. Students in participating high schools can take online college courses at no cost. Students have access to the courses during the regular school day, and can earn both high school and college credit for completed courses.

North Carolina educators have a variety of resources for technology integration. EBistro is a professional development tool for educators in North Carolina for the purpose of helping teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs supports teachers and administrations in the integration of technology into instruction. Technology teachers on loan provide staff development in instructional technology. Teachers on loan work with a school for up to four days, providing training sessions and classroom follow-up.

The Center for Digital Education looked at the vision, policies, programs, and strategies regarding online learning of all 50 states; it ranked North Carolina eighth best in the nation.

Educational Management

North Carolina is one of 16 members of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which is a nonprofit organization that works with education leaders and policy makers in member states to improve education. SREB's Learning-Centered Leadership Program conducts research on the preparation and development of school principals and provides guidance on leadership redesign.

North Carolina had 4,950 school administrators in the 2006-2007 school year, per NCES. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the mean annual wage of North Carolina's elementary and secondary school administrators was $67,820 in May 2008. For preschool and child care administrators the mean was $38,680.

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