Q: How do you define equity in public education?

A: When I was governor, North Carolina became a leader in the state-level standards and assessment movement. This groundbreaking work, which was expanded nationally under No Child Left Behind, provided states with an accurate measure of student learning and progress in our schools. And as significant as that work was, the implementation of academic content standards and aligned assessments has illuminated a bigger and more pressing problem in our schools: the achievement gap.

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