Despite North Carolina’s budget shortfall in 2011, state lawmakers have consistently made education reform a top priority.

Since the shortfall, teacher pay has increased and low-income and special needs students have been granted more choice when navigating their education. North Carolina has also joined the handful of states trailblazing the way for statewide voucher programs.

Education reform in the Tar Heel state also allows families to take control of their student’s education and decide which school or institution best fits their needs.

Now, according to reading and math exams administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, North Carolina ranks seventh among the top 10 states in student performance. Download the e-book to learn more about the story.