CSSS Member Directory


North Carolina
North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Science North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Science

CSSS Member Information:

Ragan Spain
Secondary Science Consultant
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
6352 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6352

Email
919-807-3950

Benita B. Tipton
Education Consultant
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
6352 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6352

Email
919-807-3993

Organizational Structure:
Local Control (LEA)

State Education Demographics

  • Number of K-12 students: 1,397,124
  • Number of School Administrative Units: 216 LEAs (Local Education Agencies) (117 public schools + 99 charter schools)

Standards Resources:  Curriculum and Instruction

State Science Standards State Science Standards

  • Information: The 2009 NC Essential Standards for Science were approved by the NC State Board of Education in February 2010. These new standards will be implemented in the 2012-2013 school year. The 2004 Standard Course of Study for Science will be the tested curriculum through the 2011-2012 school year.

2005-2006: Implementation Year for K-8 2004 curriculum; 9-12 still using 1999 curriculum

State Science Assessment Information:

Grade/Subject
Time of Year
Operational Date
Fifth Grade Spring Spring 2006
Eighth Grade Spring Spring 2006
Biology End of Semester/School Year 1987
Chemistry End of Semester/School Year 1989
Physical Science End of Semester/School Year 1991
Physics End of Semester/School Year 1990
  • Type of Assessment: Multiple Choice
  • Grades Tested: In 2009, the NC General Assembly did away with state end-of-course assessments for Chemistry and Physics.

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