RALEIGH, NC (November 10, 2023) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina has published the 2023 Roadmap of Need, a whole child needs assessment for North Carolina youth presenting county-level data and rankings. The Roadmap has been redesigned since its last publication in 2020, and now features interactive online maps, data tables, and county profiles available on the Public School Forum’s website. The report will be produced biennially moving forward.
To establish the rankings the Forum used 20 indicators of wellness across 5 domains: economic development, physical health, mental health and safety, education inputs, and education outcomes. These five domains capture the interconnected conditions and resources that are necessary for a child to succeed, both inside and outside of the classroom.
A whole child needs assessment is critical to understanding what is needed for each child to have in order to thrive in school and in life, making this report a vital resource for policymakers, school leaders, out-of-school time providers, funders, nonprofits, families, and the public.
“The Roadmap continues to highlight disparities across the state that influence a child’s ability to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. It is our hope that local advocates and lawmakers can use this resource to address the needs specific to each community,” said Public School Forum Policy & Research Manager Elizbeth Paul.
About the Public School Forum of North Carolina
Since its founding in 1985 as a nonpartisan “think and do tank,” the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been a champion of better schools and one of the most trusted sources in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. In order to provide meaningful action on the state’s most important public education issues, the Forum brings together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. The Forum team conducts research and policy analysis, leads innovative programs, and advocates for high-quality, equitable educational opportunity for all children in North Carolina. Follow the Forum on social media at @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/