North Carolina

North CarolinaNorth Carolina is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for North Carolina, including a list of grants the its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; related news articles; and grantee highlights demonstrating community efforts.

Grants Received

State Grant Program

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

Local Educational Agency and District Grant Programs

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, Cabarrus County Schools received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, Cabarrus County Schools are developing support systems and providing technical assistance to schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea/index.html.

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling

Buncombe County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools, and the Wake County Public School System received funding through the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program. This 3-year grant helped schools expand the capacity of their school mental health services by 1) hiring qualified mental health professionals and 2) supporting parental involvement and school staff professional development to increase their capacities for collaborating with mental health community-based service providers. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20096.8,7.7
20119.1,7.4
20136.9,6.9
20154.9,6.0
20176.9,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearNorth CarolinaUS
20096.87.7
20119.17.4
20136.96.9
20154.96.0
20176.96.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

20099.4,11.1
201110.6,12.0
20137.6,8.1
20156.9,7.8
20177.6,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearNorth CarolinaUS
20099.411.1
201110.612.0
20137.68.1
20156.97.8
20177.68.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

200930.2,22.7
201129.8,25.6
201323.6,22.1
201524.5,21.7
201721.9,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearNorth CarolinaUS
200930.222.7
201129.825.6
201323.622.1
201524.521.7
201721.919.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

200913.2,15.8
201114.3,15.8
201316.7,17.0
201515.9,17.7
201716.2,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearNorth CarolinaUS
200913.215.8
201114.315.8
201316.717.0
201515.917.7
201716.217.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201115.5,13.8
201317.7,15.2
201517.6,14.3
201719.8,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearNorth CarolinaUS
201115.513.8
201317.715.2
201517.614.3
201719.815.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

20117.9,5.7
20136.4,6.6
20158.9,6.7
20176.8,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearNorth CarolinaUS
20117.95.7
20136.46.6
20158.96.7
20176.87.2

Grantee Highlights

Buncombe County Schools identified evidence-based strategies to improve social and emotional skills in students, and a reliable way to assess students skills, in an effort to close achievement gaps among their students. Their social and emotional curriculum included Second Step, Mindful Schools, and the Compassionate Schools framework. Schools used the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment to measure students' social-emotional competencies and the impact of social and emotional skills interventions.