This effort was led by BEST NC and RTI International in collaboration with hundreds of education stakeholders.

best_nc_logo_color_RGB_squareBEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s public education system through policy and advocacy. Our mission is to unite an engaged and informed business perspective to dramatically transform and improve North Carolina’s education system. We achieve this through visioning, convening and advocating to ensure that every student in NC has the skills he or she needs to be career and life ready. read more>>


RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis. read more>>