The following State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, June 3: Globally Competitive Students (10:30 AM) including the State Board of Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45 PM), and the Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM). On Thursday, June 4, the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (7:30 AM) met prior to the State Board of Education meeting scheduled to begin at (9:00 AM).
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Globally Competitive Students (10:30 AM) Board Room
Action and Discussion
- GCS 1 Recommended Changes to Achievement Level Descriptors for NCEXTEND2 for 2009-10 School Year Approved amending policy HSP-C-026 and the achievement level descriptors for NCEXTEND2 students in each of the four achievement levels for mathematics, reading, and science.
Committee Meeting: A brief review of the item was presented. No further discussion.
- GCS 2 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School Considerations for Social Studies Approved the expansion of the existing policy to include high school social studies courses completed in middle school.
Committee Meeting: Since there seemed to be no opposition to expanding this policy, Board members suggested the policy be expanded to include additional high school courses. Staff indicated they would submit a recommendation to include a more comprehensive list of courses for discussion in August, rather than continuing to approve these courses one course at a time.
State Board of Career and Technical Education
- GCS 6 Construction Education Programs Certification and Credentials Approved the new policy to ensure construction education programs (carpentry, electrical trades and masonry) offered in NC public schools provide students with skills and knowledge meet or exceed industry standards. When a program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), participating students will graduate with industry-developed skills and knowledge to prepare them for further education and employment. The NCCER program leads to various craft certifications and credentials. Students can earn community college credits, while in high school. Requirements for certification include: 1) Construction Programs must be certified by the NCCER/NCDPI as Accredited Training and Education Facilities, 2) Instructors must successfully complete the Instructor Certification Training Program and be certified as a Craft Instructor in their field, and 3) Students must be entered into the NCCER national registry. They will receive certification and credentials upon successful completion of curriculum as follows: 1) Must achieve a score of 70 percent on written assessment administered by a certified instructor and 2) Must demonstrate competence on required performance task.
Committee Meeting: Since all questions concerning this item had been answered, it was moved to Action as it had been discussed several times. Staff presented the overview of the Readiness Survey requested by the Committee. The survey was sent to 100 school systems that participate in the program. There were 12 school systems that indicated the costs would exceed the $350 required for instructor certification, programs certification, and instructor materials. Of these12 schools, there were 7 systems reporting concerns and CTE regional staff will work with these LEAs to immediately address strategies to bring programs into compliance with safety standards. There is $24.4 million available from the Perkins Grant to address issues of program certification for faculty, safety, equipment, material and tools. Implementation timeline is for all teachers ICTP certified by August 1, 2010 and all construction programs will be ATEF certified by August 1. 2011.
Items moved to Action on First Reading;
- GCS 4 Proposed Grading Policy Revision and Course for Credit Issues Approved the revised grading scale policy for immediate implementation and approval of the courses in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and/or Transfer Advisory Committee (TAC). The proposed policy revision will allow schools to reflect student grades by either a letter entry or a numeric entry in both scales. This policy revision should bring all 115 school systems into compliance with their grading entries into NC Wise. Board members will be updated on other procedures regarding course for credit and the standardized transcript.
Committee Meeting: High Schools will use one of two grading scales –one standard one augmented. There are two options for converting percentage grades to letter grades for the following scale: 93-100=A; 86-92=B; 77-85=C 70-76=D; <<69=F. In the Standard Scale Option 1 for NC WISE Standard Scale Entry Letter Grades without Pluses and Minuses: A=4.0; B=3.0; C=2.0; D=1.0; F0.0 WF=0.0
FF=0.0; WP=0.0; INC=0.0; AUD=0.0; P=0.0
Option 2 for NC WISE Standard Scale Entry-Numeric Grades:
93%-100%=4.0; 86%-92%=3.0; 77%-85%=2.0; 70%-76%=1.0; <69%=0.0
WF=0.0; FF=0.0; WP=0.0 INC=0.0 AUD0.0 P=0.0
Option 1 for NCWISE Graduated Scale Entry-Letter with Pluses and Minuses
A+=4.000 A=4.000 A-=3.67 B+=3.333 B=3.000 B-=2.667 C+=2.333
C-2.000 C-=1.667 D+=1.333 D=1.000 D-=0.667 F=0.000 WF=0.000
FF=0.000 WP=0.000 INC=0.000 AUD=0.000 P=0.000
Option 2 for NCWISE Augmented Scale Entry-Numeric Grade:
96%-100%=4.000 91%=3.375 86%-2.750 81%=2.125 76%=1.500
95%=3.875 90%=3.250 85%=2.625 80%=2.000 75%=1.375
94%=3.750 89%=3.125 84%=2.500 79%=1.875 74%=1.250
93%=3.625 88%=3.000 83%=2.375 78%=1.750 73%=1.125
92%=3.500 87%=2.875 82%=2.250 77%=1.625 70-72%=1.000
FF=0.000 WF=0.000 WP=0.000 INC=0.000 AUD=0.000 P=0.000 F=0.000
Courses that are Eligible for Weights include 9th grade (except Algebra I)and high-level courses that fall into one of the four categories: 1) Honors/AIG sections of standard level academic courses that are aligned to the honors curriculum (1 point); 2) Pre-calculus, non-AP/IB calculus, mathematics courses beyond the level of calculus and foreign language course beyond the second year (1 point); 3) Arts education courses meeting the standards for music honors, dance honors, visual art honors and theatre arts honors (1 point); 4) All AP/IB and high-level college courses that have been approved for the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (1 point); 6) Independent colleges and universities and UNC campuses may also have any of the CAA courses taught by their colleges receive quality points. Remedial courses are not eligible for weighting. Elementary schools and middle schools are allowed to use grading systems approved by their local boards of education. It is recommended that local boards of education base their grade scales on the framework of grading scale 93%-100%=A; 86%-92%=B; 77%-84%=C; 70%-76%=D; <60%=F.
- GCS 5 Legislative Update on Evaluation of Services to Students with Hearing and/or Visual Impairments Approved the report so it may be presented to the appropriate legislative agencies and the Fiscal Research Division. In the April 2008 report, the Fiscal Research Division suggested moving the administration of the residential schools for the deaf and blind to the Department of Public Instruction. At the conclusion of the April report two recommendations were made by DHHS and DPI: 1) DHHS and DPI should establish a task force, with a one-year reporting date, to examine how a free and appropriate public education is ensured for hearing and visually impaired children throughout North Carolina and 2) establish an administrative committee to examine and make recommendations to the two departments regarding the issue of administration of the State’s schools for the deaf and blind. In its examination, the committee could not find convincing evidence that transferring management of the State residential schools serving deaf and blind students will actually result in a better model than the one that currently exists. There does not appear to be any administrative cost savings to be realized by transferring these schools from one agency to the other. However, the following recommendations are presented for consideration: 1) DHHS should continue to provide management and oversight of the State residential schools serving deaf and blind students; 2) DHHS should provide yearly updates on progress made in addressing educational outcomes to the State Board of Education 3) Management of Services for the Early Intervention Program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing should be maintained in DHHS and 4) Non-residential and non-day school programs currently affiliated with the State’s schools for the deaf and blind should collaborate routinely with DPI to ensure consistency in providing services to LEAs.
Committee Meeting: Mary Watson gave a brief summary of the report and the item was moved to Action on First Reading.
Late Item/Action on First Reading
- GCS 9 State Board Policy Language Update-Occupational Course of Study The Department of Public Instruction recommends “360 hours of paid employment” be inserted back into the State Board of Education policy HSP-N-004. State Board policy submitted in May erroneously reflected a strikethrough of “360 hours of paid employment” This language change of re-inserting “360 hours of paid employment” is being submitted to still allow students the option of obtaining paid employment.
Committee Meeting: Staff briefly explained the language update. No further discussion.
- GCS 3 Academic Scholars Program The Academic Scholars Program must be revised to align with the Future-Ready Core Graduation Requirements, approved in September 2008, for students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2009-2010. A revised option will be presented for discussion based on SBE input (last month) and review of the national and international honor society criteria. A third option includes 24 credits: 4 Mathematics credits (with the fourth credit required to be a higher level math), 3 Science credits, 3 social studies, 1 Health and Physical Education, 2 elective credits in a second language required for UNC System, 4 elective credits (reduces elective requirements by 3), 3 Higher level courses taken in junior or senior years which carry 5 or 6 points or 2 Higher Level courses and the completion of the NC Graduation Project.) The revisions made were 1) Cumulative GPA to 3.500 (un-weighted), 2) 3 additional credits or higher level courses or 2 additional credits or higher level courses and completion of the Graduation Project.
Committee Meeting: Staff presented a review of the new option. Committee members seemed to favor this Option. Currently 18 to 22 percent of this year’s graduating seniors will be receiving the Academic Scholars Program seal. This item will be back in August with a recommendation on the effective date for incoming freshman.
- GCS 7 Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program Standards The State Board of Education discussed adoption of new North Carolina AIG Standards. Last year the program was audited by the State Auditor and as a result DPI agreed to the following; DPI shall develop a review process of local AIG programs, which support continuous program improvement of local AIG programs and plans based on a body-of-evidence; and DPI shall ensure that these recommendations are integrated into state practices and policies. The AIG Program Standards have been developed to serve as a statewide framework for local AIG programs and will guide LEAs to develop, coordinate, and implement thoughtful and comprehensive AIG programs. These standards will convey expectations for quality local AIG programs and services, guide the development, revisions and monitoring of local AIG programs, articulate best practices for local AIG programs, provide a guide for personnel and professional development, promote strong partnerships and communication between and among home, school, and community and serve as a vehicle for continuous program improvement and accountability.
Committee Meeting: Staff presented an overview of the history, legislation and the recommendations from the May 2007 audit. The six AIG Program Standards included 1) Student Identification, 2) Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction, 3) Comprehensive Programming within a total school community, 4) Personnel and Professional Development, 5) Partnerships with stakeholders and 6) Program Accountability. These AIG Program Standards will help to guide LEAs to develop, coordinate, and implement thoughtful and comprehensive AIG programs, better meet the academic, intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted learners and 3) optimally develop AIG students’ potential. Committee members were committed to finding the gifts in all students that tests do not reveal, to standardize the identification procedures with global involvement, and provide AIG professional develop training to all teachers. Also, several concerns were raised regarding the level of funding provided from the General Assembly for the AIG students.
-Honors Review Follow-Up Rescheduled for July.
-Plans and Implications for Releasing Test Forms to the Public The proposed plan for release of one form of each test was presented by Dr. Fabrizio. The release date will coincide with the release of the ABCs Results, 2) Released forms will be posted on the NCDPI web site and accompanying each released form will be the answer key and generic instructional information or FAQs. Released forms for the following will be released August 2009: Pretest Grade 3, End of Grand and Mathematics for Grades. 3. 4, 5, 6, 7,8, End of Grade Science, Grade 5 8, Computer Skills Grade 8 and High School English I, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Civics and Economics, and History. To maintain at least 3 forms in the administration cycle through 2011-12 (mathematics, science, and computer skills,) and through 2012-2013 (ELA and social studies replacement forms will have to be constructed requiring 20 additional forms 2009-10, 13 additional forms 2010-11, and 6 forms 2011-2012. Additional costs involved will be for the final teacher reviews and permission to post copyrighted materials on NCDPI web site. Copyrights are estimated at $50,000 per year and teacher form reviews are estimated at $96,000 for 2009-2010. Replacement forms for the EOGs/EOC are estimated at $146,000 for 2009-2010, therefore, the recommendations is that due to the budget crisis NCDPI recommends that after the release of the test forms in August 2009, no further new test form releases will occur during the remainder of the test edition cycles for the respective tests, but NCDPI would still continue to pay copyright fees to maintain the web postings of the initial forms.
-Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Evaluation Report A powerpoint presentation was provided by Steven M. Ross and Martha J. Alberg from the Center for Research in Educational Policy at the University of Memphis.
The entire report can be accessed at http://www.memphis.edu/crep. The intent of the report was to evaluate the services and customer satisfaction of the Supplementary Education Service providers that are mandated by NCLB in order to increase student achievement. A survey was sent to providers, district coordinators, principals/site coordinators, teachers and parents requesting feedback on services, effectiveness of the programs and customer satisfaction. Data from 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 was compared on graphs showing an increase in the response rate with North Carolina showing the best parent return rate. The charts also indicated there was no strong trend toward improvement in student achievement in either Reading or Mathematics for the SES students. The program is funded at $13 million in North Carolina and provides services to 8,934 students. The report indicated several areas to be considered if the program is to be successful. The question was how much impact will an additional 20-40 hours of tutoring have on a student’s state assessment results. Policies or criteria should be defined for determining what constitutes satisfactory provider performance. A classification system for providers should be clearly defined. The provider and teacher communication is vital and has been lacking in the results from the survey. Collaboration among all stakeholders is necessary to increase focus on the individual needs of each SES student. School personnel and providers should meet to discuss ways to adapt and integrate tutoring services with classroom activities. It was noted that attendance was also a concern. The committee indicated they would continue to work on this issue and return with policies and recommendations for approving SES providers. Also noted was the fact that nationally there has never been a provider removed for lack of effectiveness. Currently, staff has made changes to the provider application form, broadened the advisory board representation and plans to add a minimum of hours (30 hours) and a monitoring piece to the application process.
Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM) Board Room
Action on First Reading
- LFI 1 Approval of LEAs and Charter Schools Technology Plans Approved the Technology plans for Healthy Start Academy and Kinston Charter School. Final approval by the State Board of Education qualifies these LEAs for the School Technology Trust Funds, NCLB and federal eRate monies, as well as a variety of private technology grants.
Committee Meeting: Review of the item and no further discussion was necessary.
- LFI 2 Revision of Policy EEO-U-002 Regarding Criminal Fingerprint History Checks for Employment Applicants and Individuals Handling Fiscal Matters in Charter Schools Approved the policy changes. New language added as follows: Appropriate staff of the Office of Charter Schools, in consultation with legal counsel, will determine whether to invite a charter school employee applicant into the Superintendent’s Ethics Advisory Committee (SEAC) for an interview. The SEAC will determine whether to recommend an applicant for employment in the charter school and will forward its recommendation to the State Superintendent for a final decision. Also, deletes language in reference to refusing to submit to a finger print check.
Committee Meeting: A review of the policy change was explained by staff attorney and the process and procedures to appropriately handle any incidents that may arise. The change above accidentally deleted the language……charter school personnel responsible for the fiscal affairs of the school. Council has requested this language remain in policy.
- LFI 3 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2009 Charter School Applications The Office of Charter Schools recommends the LFI Committee present three applicants to receive preliminary charters to the SBE for Action at the July 2009 meeting. There are three openings for new schools at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school years. Seven applicants have been interviewed by the LFI Committee. They are: Bear Grass Charter School, Duplin Charter School, Henderson Collegiate, Lake Lure Classical Academy, McKinney Academy Charter School, Mountain Island Charter School and New Bern International Academy. The Committee was expected to have a Conference Call to rank the seven applicants in order to recommend the top three charter schools for approval next month. There were no applicants selected from Wake County.
Committee Meeting: Ms. Bartlett reviewed the process for ranking the applications and provided information regarding the selection and the summary of the seven applicants selected for the interview process. The three applications chosen by the Committee for recommendation to the Board were: Lake Lure Classical Academy, Henderson Collegiate and Bear Grass Charter School. The rank was done in a conference call in May. In the Committee discussion a member indicated that in light of some new information recently acquired, he would not have voted the way he did and would not vote the same today. Ms. Bartlett reminded the members that the applications selected were only recommendations and the full Board would have an opportunity to vote on the selection of the three applications to fill the charter school openings.
Board Meeting: The issue of the vote taken to rank the applications was again brought into the discussion and the staff attorney was called upon to clarify the vote. He indicated that the ranking process was not actually a vote, but a numerical description of an opinion at the time. This item is scheduled for Action by the full Board in July (a conference call meeting.) Members were strongly urged to do more research on the charter school applications in question.
- LFI 4 Standardization of Waiver/Exemption List for Cooperative Innovative High School Program Application The SBE reviewed routine waiver exemptions recommended to become a part of the application process. Staff is requesting the State Board Chairman be authorized to approve these routine waivers for LEAs that are opening innovative programs and not require Board Approval. The current process unnecessarily burdens personnel at the school district and at NCDPI. In most cases, the exemptions requested are routine. SBE Waiver ID descriptions are classified as CA-1, CA-2 for waivers requested in accordance with the Calendar Bill, P-1 and P-2 specify waivers for personnel, CU-1 relates to routine waiver with curriculum, and TST-1, TST-2, TST-3 relate to issues with testing. They are changing the TST-3 recommendation. They plan to waive the requirement for the EOC scores of students “simultaneously enrolled” in more than one school and to count the score of the test, where the course is taught. The revised recommendation states: Remove this as not required. Current practice is for these scores to be counted at the base school, which is the practical effect of this waiver as requested by districts in the past.
Committee Meeting: After some discussion, the Committee decided to only include six of the waivers as routine exemption descriptions. Calendar waiver 2 and the testing waiver 3 were deleted. A copy of the revised waivers is available upon request from this office. There was no discussion on the Board chairman handling routine waivers. This item will be presented for Action in July.
-District and School Transformation Update Dr. Ashley provided an update of the activities of the Transformation Teams stating that travel to the districts has been limited due to the restrictions on travel expenses. Work is continuing on the self-assessment instrument for school improvement and a majority of the resources in the department have been dedicated to the Halifax Initiative.
-NC Virtual Public School/Learn and Earn Online (LEO) Director’s Report Dr. Setser indicated there were several organizations including DPI that were now using Twitter and were able to broadcast now in real time. He reported there were 5,400 students registered for summer courses through Lean and Earn Online from 111 LEAs, an increase of 91 percent over the Fall 2008 enrollment figures.
-2010 Charter Schools for Renewal Mr. Moyer indicated there are two charter schools requesting renewals: Cape Lookout and Moore Academy.
21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45 PM) Room 504
Action on First Reading
- TCP 1 Final Decision in Contested Cases Approved the decision of the Administrative Law Judge.
- Joseph Woods vs NCDPI Closed Session
Joseph Woods filed a petition for a contested case to challenge the State Board’s denial of Petitioner’s request for non-teaching work experience. The Administrative Law Judge reversed the agency’s action.
- Amanda Linn Eldridge Howard vs NCSBE, NCDPI Closed Session
Amanda Linn Eldridge Howard filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of Petitioner’s request to waive her repayment obligation for failing to complete the NBPTS certification process. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.
- TCP 2 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program and Alternative Lateral Entry Program Approval Recommendations The Committee recommends the State Board discuss and then give final approval next month of the following programs: Campbell University, Elizabeth City State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Alternative programs for lateral entry are also included for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Career and Technical Education Lateral Entry Program and Mt. Olive College Lateral Entry Program.
Committee Meeting: Representatives from each of the institutions provided a brief summary of their programs. This item will be presented for Action in July.
Thursday, June 4, 2009 (7:30 AM) Room 504 Videoconferencing Center 5th floor
Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting
Action and Discussion Agenda
Action on First Reading
- TCS 1 Approval of Grants
- Even Start Family Literacy Program-Recommended Grant Awards 2009-2010 Approved the five continuation sites for the program in Ashe County, Bertie County, Caldwell County, Craven County, and Lenoir County. Also, approval is requested for six new sites in Burke County, Greene County, Lee County, Randolph County/Asheboro City, Rutherford County and Washington County. Funding for 2009-2010 is projected at $1,585,153.
- Equipment Assistance Grant Approved The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2008 provides a one-time appropriation to North Carolina DPI in the amount of $3,313,727 for competitive grants to School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The Act requires preference be given to schools where 50 percent or more of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals when awarding the grants. All eligible SFAs were invited to submit competitive proposals based on specific guidelines and requirements. Proposals receiving the highest total scores will be ranked by score. SFAs will be notified upon board approval and grant funds will be transferred no later than June 15, 2009. A list of the recipients by district was provided. District 3 was awarded $439,962.72. Wake County Schools received a total of $84,611.36 for the following: Powell Elementary $23,537,74/Serving Line; Knightdale Elementary $12,295.00/Double Deck Steamer; Vandora Springs Elementary $12,020.40/Double Deck Steamer; Creech Road Elementary $26,221.09/Serving Line; Fox Road $10,437.13/DoubleDeck Oven.
- 2009-10 Reading First Funding Adjustment Approved Northampton County Schools closing of one of its Reading First Grant schools due to a decrease in enrollment. New enrollment figures indicate an increase of 60 students. To accommodate these students, funding in the amount of $5,969.40 is requested to cover the projected increase in enrollment for these students.
- TCS 2 Pre-Approval of Financial and Business Services’ Policy Manuals Approved the issuance of the following manuals upon the adjournment of the General Assembly, allowing the Department to incorporate changes approved by legislative action that do not require State Board approval, to change any policy directives. The documents impacted are: Public School Personnel State Salary Schedules and Manual, Allotment Policy Manual, and the Benefits and Employment Policy Manual for Public School Employees.
Committee Meeting: This is a routine item and no further discussion.
Moved to Action on First Reading
- TCS 3 Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education Approved the individuals recommended by the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs for membership to the State Advisory Council on Indian Education. Recommended for Appointment are: Audrey Hunt, replacing Diane Goins, Tiffany Graham-Locklear replacing Rhonda Truitt, Katherine Hernandez replacing Ginger Stone and Joseph O. Richardson replacing Katrina Lynch Rolon-Lopez. Recommendations for a second term include Marcia H. Hollifield, Gwendolyn Locklear and Kara Steward.
Committee Meeting: Routine item and no further discussion.
- TCS 4 Governor’s School Board of Governors The State Board of Education is asked to appoint Jim Hard (President of the North Carolina Governors’s School Alumni Association) to complete a current term ending on June 30, 2011. The State Board is asked to re-appoint Daniel Turner (WCPSS Staff) to a second term ending June 30, 2011 and to recommend four additional appointments, one each from Districts 2, 4, 5 and 8.
Committee Meeting: Dr. Watson presented the item to the Committee. Upon receipt of recommendations for the remaining four districts this item will be presented for Action.
Update on Contracts
Contracts over $25,000 –12 Proposals
Contracts under $25,000 – 8 Proposals
-Communications Update Ms. Jeter indicated the Department was responding to inquiries regarding the upcoming budget and preparations for the release of AYP (July) and ABC (August) data. In addition, promotional information was in development for the Library Summer Reading Program.
-Budget Update Mr. Price provided limited information to the Committee regarding the status of the budget. The hope is for the House budget to pass the House floor next week.
-Intern Update The summer intern students were introduced. They will be researching two projects; Effect of Traditional and Block Scheduling on the End of Course Tests and Effects of BMI (Body Mass Index) on Academic Performance. The reports will be completed in August.
9:00 AM State Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman
Call to Order,
Swearing-In Ceremony for New Board Member – The Honorable Paul M Newby, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina presiding:
- Mrs. Christine J. Greene, High Point, Education District 5 SBE Member
9:50 AM Board Reconvenes
Pledge of Allegiance, Approval of Minutes
Special Recognition – Outgoing State Board of Education Advisors
-Dr. Shirley Prince, Superintendent Advisor
-Dr. Debra Morris, Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year Advisor
-Mr. James Bell, North Carolina Teacher of the Year Advisor
Globally Competitive Students
- GCS 8 Annual Report: State Advisory Council on Indian Education The State Board is asked to accept information presented by State Advisory Council on Indian Education in its annual report.
Board Meeting: Ms. Priscilla Maynor and Dr. Zoe Locklear presented a summary of the annual report to the Board. The State Advisory Council on Indian Education placed priority on two specific concerns: 1) Improving the graduation rates for Native Students and 2) Addressing the dropout crisis. While the number of American Indian students leaving school without graduating declined, this group of students continues to drop out in disproportionate numbers. The high school drop-out rate for American Indian students has decreased 1.88 percentage points over the last four years; however, statewide these students are leaving school 1.4 times as often as other students. American Indian males, with a rate of 7.89 percent, have the highest dropout rate of any ethnic group. During the 2007-08 academic year, the 4-year graduation rate for American Indian students was 55.7 percent. The Council was gratified to learn that American Indian students were participating in some of the Innovative Education Program such as Learn and Earn Early College and the Redesigned High Schools, but the Council was discouraged by the very low participation rates of American Indian students in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Some of the recommendations of the Council to the State Board of Education include: 1) Establish and implement a broad array of innovative high school reform programs to provide rigorous academic experience for American Indian students and aggressively identify, enroll and monitor all students who would benefit from participation in such programs; 2) Develop and implement nontraditional outreach and communication strategies to effectively reach all American Indian families, and 3) Integrate accurate information regarding Native culture in all aspects of the curriculum, 4) Establish supportive and caring school environments for all American Indian students and 5) Identify and eliminate barriers, which inhibit the participation of American Indian students in innovative educational opportunities.
21st Century Professionals
- TCP 3 Update on Teacher Evaluation Instrument Implementation and Next Steps on Phase-In The Office of Professional Development presented an update on the next phase of the instrument roll-out as well as information gained from LEAs currently using the instrument. There are 40 districts scheduled to implement the new evaluation instrument in 2009-2010 in Phase 2. Feedback from the survey results from the teacher training indicated the Quality of Training was rated Excellent, the Effectiveness of Trainers received an excellent rating and was it Worth the Time rated a Strongly Agree of 756 from the 904 randomly selected surveys that were reviewed. The report also contains background information on the Principal Evaluation Instrument.
Board Meeting: Cheryl Fuller presented an overview of the background, history, and implementation of the Principal and Teacher Evaluation Instruments. She included some of the survey results from the responses received from participants in Phase One. In conclusion, roll out information was provided for those areas involved in Phase Two.
Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports-Listed Above
-State Superintendent’s Report
Dr. June Atkinson Commented on the Cyber Summit on 21st Century Skills and the Press Conference held by NCPTA, NCASA, NCSBA and NCAE and the Public School Form regarding the cuts to the education budget. She presented a brief summary on the first meeting of the Career-Ready Commission and recognized Derek Graham, Section Chief for Transportation Services who was instrumental in the NCDPI’s project “Clean School Bus WEPN” which was selected for funding in the amount of $509,000. She also recognized Jacob Dewitt from C.B. Aycock High for being number one in the Entrepreneurship Participating Independent Business category in the National DECA competition.
Update on the Framework for Change Dr. Garland indicated central standards had been released for Mathematics, Science and Computer Skills and staff was currently updating information received from stakeholders in the school system and businesses. One concern seemed to be with the K-5 Science standards and if the science kits would be aligned to the new standards. Committee selection had begun for the new standards for Social Studies and Writing. Webinars had been used to communicate with stakeholders with great success and will possibly be used more often.
Halifax County Update Staff is working on the short-term issues to be addressed by the end of the 2008-09 schools year are: 1) Assess K-2 students n six schools/K-2 assessments were not completed in 2008-09, 2) Reorganize assessment procedures to correct significant issues occurring in EOG administration before EOC administration, 3) Develop a balanced budget approved by the Board, 4) Select administrators/instructional coaches by July 1, 5) Develop structures for routine central office leadership team meetings and 6) Distribute/collect registration for summer professional development prior to end of school year.
Legislative Update Chris Minard, Legislative Liaison, briefly presented information regarding the status of legislation and the House budget. The Education Appropriations meeting scheduled for early morning had been rescheduled until after Session so there was little new to report on the budget. Board member Tate had concerns regarding pending child care legislation and Dr. Matthews addressed his concerns.