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North Carolina Provides Portrait of a Graduate Classroom-Ready Resources to Educators

August 9, 2023

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) launched a comprehensive set of resources to help schools and teachers successfully implement the North Carolina Portrait of a Graduate in classrooms across the state. 

These resources include the North Carolina Statewide Portrait of a Graduate Rubrics, I Can Statements for grades K-12, and a Suggestions for Use document with additional actionable tools for educators.

“Identifying the durable skills that North Carolina students should possess by the time they graduate high school was important,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt, “But this resource creation phase was critical. These resources serve as the technical roadmap for classroom teachers to be intentional about integrating the durable skills into daily lesson plans. 

“While the Portrait itself drives alignment between workforce needs and student preparation, it is our educators who help expose students to the real-world competencies during their K-12 journey that truly prepare them for life after graduation.”

These resources are aligned to the statewide Portrait initiative launched by the agency last fall to ensure that North Carolina students are exposed to key skills and mindsets during their K-12 education. 

The resources are intended to serve as a guide for developing, understanding, monitoring, and measuring student progress from Pre-K to high school graduation. The resources made available today were created by more than 120 teachers and administrators from across the state and provide tools for educators to intentionally weave the Portrait’s seven durable skills into daily lesson plans based on grade level.

Battelle for Kids is proud to have supported NCDPI on its statewide transformation journey from developing the Portrait of a Graduate Durable Skills to the resources that were launched in August 2023. BFK continues to support NCDPI, partnering during the 2023-2024 school year to design Performance Tasks for each of the durable skills and academic content areas.

Read the full release from NCDPI (Aug. 9, 2023)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is charged with implementing the state’s public school laws for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools at the direction of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The agency provides leadership and service to the 115 local public school districts and 2,500+ district public schools, 200+ charter schools, and the three residential schools for students with hearing and visual impairments.

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