• Schools in North Carolina are required to develop a school improvement plan that takes annual performance goals for the school, determined by the State Board of Education, into consideration. Plans are to be based on a comprehensive needs assessment and organized around the state's five strategic priorities:

    1. High student performance
    2. Healthy students in safe, orderly and caring schools
    3. Quality teachers, administrators, and staff
    4. Strong family, community, and business support
    5. Effective and efficient operations

    School improvement plans should also detail plans for staff development funds.