Preview of State Board of Education Agenda

May 5, 2010 and May 6, 2010

The State Board of Education’s May Meeting begins with the Committee meetings on Wednesday. They begin with Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and end with Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/05

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)

Action and Discussion

  • GCS 1 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The State Board is requested to continue to discuss the components of the proposed model including: student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools, and districts, long-term longitudinal growth, graduation rate, Future-Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. There are decision-points related to each component that require discussion and input from the Board before adopting the new model. In addition, to the classification model, the Board intends to discuss the performance index numbers and growth index numbers. Consensus points include: 1) choice in post-secondary readiness, 2) Performance Composite continued, 3) Longitudinal Growth for LEA accountability 4) Graduation Project, 5) Five-year Cohort graduation model 6) Preference for 4-auadrant model for classification system 6) Revise Gateway System. Next Steps include the following: 1) Mechanism for additional SBE member input, 2) Finalize straw man of new model to gain formal feedback 3) Determine other ways to measure college readiness, 4) Run Simulations of the new model 6) Revisit semantics before roll-out 7) Teacher and Student working conditions survey, 8. Other data such as retention rates and who passed the test, as well as Algebra II data. This item will continue to be on the SBE agenda until the work is complete and the SBE is prepared to vote on final approval.
  • GCS 2 Occupational Course of Study (OCS)-Testing Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) In 2008-2009, The US Department of Education notified NC DPI that NCEXTEND2 did not meet their approval and so the OCS students could no longer count as participants for determining AYP at the high school level. To remedy this problem the following steps are proposed for State Board discussion and consideration, for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. There are five options for discussion: 1) Move up the timeline for OCS students to be taught the new Essential Standards with crosswalks to NC Standard Course of study for the assessed subjects, 2) Require OCS students to take the EOC assessments in English I (along with Grade 10 Writing assessment), Algebra I, and Biology until the NCEXTEND2 assessments are developed to accompany the new End of Course assessments based on the new Essential Standards, 3) Allow OCS students’ scores from a combination of the English EOC assessment and the Grade 10 Writing assessment, Algebra I, and Biology to be included in any AYP and ABC’s reporting 4) Waive (for OCS students only) the requirement in the policy (GCSC-003) that mandates EOC assessments count as 25% of the student’s final grade, and 5) Eliminate the current OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program (GCS-C-020). The department recommends: 1) the attached timeline of curriculum implementation and assessment be approved for OCS students, 2) SBE waive (OCS students only) the requirement in GCS-C-003 that EOC assessments count as 25% of a students’ final grade, and 3) Amend policy GCS-C-020 to eliminate the OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program. These recommendations will be implemented with the 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 school years. This item will be for Discussion in May and Action in June.
  • GCS 3 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities The policies governing children with disabilities will be amended to reflect recent changes to IDEA and to clarify and align sections of the current policies. The amendment to the policies is presented for Discussion in May and Action in June. Policies GCS-D-000-008 and TCS-E-001 are being modified. The changes to the policies are comprehensive. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.
  • GCS 4 State Hearing Review Officers The State Board is asked to approve three-year terms for the attached list of hearing Review Officers, who completed their certification training on March 8, 2010. The Hearing Officers terms will be from August 5, 2010 to August 5, 2013. The two individuals recommended for approval are Dr. Joe Walters from Western Carolina University and Dr. Betty Levey from Greenville

New Business

  • NC Falcon Formative Assessment Modules
  • Global/International Education Initiatives
    • Ø World Views (Robert Phay, Director),
    • Ø NC Center for International Understanding (Millie Ravenel, Executive Director) and,
    • Ø Visiting International Faculty (David Young, Chief Executive Officer).

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 1 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements Requests for exemptions for teachers to the licensure requirements and for prospective teachers who are not able to satisfy Praxis I cut scores will be evaluated by a panel chaired by a member of the Board. This is a closed session item.
  • TCP 2 Final Decision in Contested Case
  • Sandra Chesser v. NC DPI The State Board shall issue a final agency decision.

Discussion

  • TCP 3 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Provisional Licensing Requirements for Career and Technical Education Teachers The State Board will discuss revision to Board policy, in the licensing requirements for CTE teachers.  The policy is being revised based on input received from all eight State Board districts and NC DPI meetings with CTE administrators. The State Board will discuss in May and is requested to approve the proposed CTE licensure revision in June, with an effective date of July 1, 2010. There are nineteen major changes to the policy: 1) Reformat the document 2) Updated examples of Bachelor’s degrees 3) Updated examples of related industry work experiences, 4) Eliminate the use of the 80 hour induction program as a substitute for the Instructional Methods course requirement, 5) Reduce 80 hour induction program to 40 hours and eliminate option to waive the requirement 6) Maintain 80 hours of induction for Health Occupations, 7) Maintain 80 hours of induction from CTE directors and instructional management coordinators, 8) Revise the course requirement for agricultural education 9) Change the Health Occupations–Specific Instructional Methods course requirement, 10) Change the Health Occupations-Specific Curriculum, Instructional Planning and Assessment course requirement 11) Add Pharmacy Technical Certification requirement to Health Occupations, 12) Add a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences endorsement, 13) Reformat the Trade and Instruction Education course requirement sections, 14) Reformat the Trade and Industrial sections to include a matrix,
  • 15) Revise the Core Academic Competence Exam, 16) Remove the Core Academic testing requirement for T&I teachers who have Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees, 17) Add a table to the Trade and Industrial section listing the requirement for licensure, 18) Add a footnote clarifying the restricted classification of the CTE Provisional Route License 19) Rename the VoCats licensure area to Instructional Management Coordinator. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document. This item is presented for Discussion in May and Action in June.
  • TCP 4 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists New Standards for the evaluation for Speech-Language Pathologists are complete and are presented for Discussion this month. Once these are approved in June work will begin on the development and validation of the new instrument for Speech-Language Pathologists. There are five standards proposed: 1) School Speech-Language Pathologists demonstrate leadership, advocacy, collaboration and ethical practices, 2) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, 3) School Speech-Language Pathologists understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive approach to speech-language development, 4) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote learning for all students, 5) School Speech-Language Pathologists reflect on their practice. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.
  • TCP 5 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II Exams  The Educational Testing Service convened experts to meet on the test standards for Praxis II exams in the following areas: 1) World Languages-German, French Spanish 2) Business Education 3) Teaching and Reading 4) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications.  The State board will discuss and review the new qualifying scores. Each regenerated test will be administered in the Fall of 2010, with final administration of the current test to occur in the Summer of 2010. The new test scores are as follows: World Languages French: 162, German 163, Spanish 168, Business Education:154, Teaching Reading: 159, Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications: 151, Mild to Moderate Applications; 158, Severe to Profound: 158. The item will be on Action agenda for June and will be effective with Fall of 2010.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (3:00 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board will discuss the recommendations of the charter school application review committee. The review committee has voted six applications for State Board consideration. There will be one opening for a preliminary charter at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. The list is as follows. Leadership Learning academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy-Wake County, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, Water’s Edge Village Academy. SBE will provide final approval of the charter school no later than March 2011.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Membership-council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children The State Board is requested to approve the recommendations to fill the vacancies and reappoint Jill Scercy to a second term as a parent of a child with disabilities. The remaining recommendations are as follows: Vicki Simmons as Exceptional Children’s teacher, Melanie Hester as LEA representative, Stephen Brechbiel as vocational/community business representative.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 2 Approval of Grants:
    • Exemplary Schools Awards for Reading First Grant Schools The State Board is asked to approve “Reading First” grants for schools during the 2010-2011 school year. For the first time the award will carry a $5,000 recognition grant and the school’s history a, growth, and trajectory of improved student achievement are part of the selection criteria instead of just proficiency. Wake does not have any schools being recommended for funding.
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) The McKinney-Vento Act seeks to ensure homeless children and youth are provided with a free and appropriate education and will have an equal opportunity to enroll and succeed in school. The total unallocated grant funds from 2008 are $668,190.95. The recommended allotments are as follows: 14 LEAs will receive funds for their initial proposals ($365,000 total); 96 charter schools will receive $750 each ($72,000 total) and the remaining 76 LEAs (who did not apply for a regular McKinney-Vento sub-grant or McKinney-Vento ARRA grant in 2009) will receive $3,041.98 each ($231,190 total). Wake is not listed as one of the 14 LEAs recommended for the immigrant funds nor is it one of the 76 remaining LEAs.
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards for Charter Schools Each public charter school in NC is recommended to receive $750.00 to develop a Homeless Education plan.
    • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Awarded to NCDP from USDA NC was awarded USDA’s Fruit and vegetable Program for 2010-2011. The program will provide $2,707,078 to be distributed to 106 elementary schools throughout the State. A total of 134 applications were received. The amount distributed to each school is based on their student enrollment. The program will provide fresh fruits and vegetable snacks daily free of charge to students in the 106 elementary schools selected for the grant. Funds may also be used to purchase nutrition education resources for use in the classroom and cafeteria. All schools were eligible to apply. The selection priority was given to schools with 1) at least 50 % eligible for free/reduced meals 2) innovative implementation plan 3) at least one partnership with an entity that provides non-federal resources or purchasing, handling, promoting or distributing fresh fruits and vegetable and 4) committed team of school personnel including principals, teachers child nutrition personnel and parents. Wake had two schools selected: Aversboro Elementary and Knightdale Elementary.
  • TCS 3 LEA-Based Calendar Waivers for Weather Related Causes The State Board is requested to discuss policy TCS-V-000. The policy provides for the LEA-based calendar waivers and due to the timing of the data collection and the development of school calendars the approval for waivers is one year behind (does not apply to the next school year). The missed calendar days due to weather are not reported until May and June, which is typically too late for an LEA to get a calendar approved for the upcoming school year. The State Board approves weather-related calendar waivers in October for the next school year. As a result of the unusually harsh weather in the western part of the State several LEAs would like to modify their calendars for 2010-2011 even though they were not approved in October 2009, and they would qualify (Buncombe and Asheville City) for waivers in 2011-2012. The State Board is requested to review the policy to see if the current process is appropriate or if it needs to allow for exceptions.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual The State Board is asked to discuss the process of reporting absences for lack of proper immunizations as suspensions. After consulting with the Attorney General’s office a policy change is required to code the absence, due to a student’s lack of immunizations, as an unlawful absence, instead of a suspension. This change will become effective beginning July 1, 2010. This will be an Action item at the June meeting.
  • TCS 5 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates The General Assembly has required the Office of Early Learning to restructure State pre-kindergarten payment rates. The State Board of Education is requested to determine an option for restructuring the pre-kindergarten funding for 2010-2011. Option I: Capped administrative costs and a state-defined differentiated rate for public and private providers. LEAs would be restricted to 2.1% (on average) for indirect cost rates to support administrative functions related to the More at Four contracts. Local Partnerships for children would be capped at 8% for administrative support functions. The Office of Early Learning would define differentiated per-slot rates to support the diverse cost structures of the different provider types participating in the state-funded program. Rates might be proposed as an example: Head Start=$3400 per slot, Public schools=$4300 per slot, Private Providers=$6,000 per slot. Setting the differentiated rates will take some time, but the administrative rates can be enacted for 2010-2011. Option II Capped Administrative Rates, 2009-2010 Provider Rates Held Harmless, More at Four Payment Structure Studied. The Office of Early Learning will cap administrative costs for local contractors for the 2010-2011 school year consistent with the parameters outlined in Option I. Additionally, the actual per-slot rates paid to providers in 2010-2011 will be held harmless. The Study will then allow a funding plan to be developed to maintain the delivery of prekindergarten services across the diverse group of providers currently making up the system. This option will allow the program to manage expected budget cuts, without limiting the number of children being served for 2010-2011.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 11 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 8 Proposals

Thursday, May 6, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:00 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Tom Speed

Approval of Minutes

Recognition of outgoing SBE Student Advisor

  • Mr. TeDarryl Powell, Senior Student Advisor to the State Board of Education

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick
  • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley
  • Cedars Update- Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 6 2010 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey-Survey findings will be provided at the meeting.

Leadership and Innovation

  • NCLB Enhancing Education Through Technology – IMPACT Evaluation Report NC DPI in partnership with the William and Ida Friday Institute conducted an in-depth evaluation of the IMPACT model school initiatives funded by NCLB Title II/D. The research represents ten years of the IMPACT Model school implementation, with approximately $42 million in federal funding.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

  • Census 2010 Report

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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2 Responses to “Preview of State Board of Education Agenda”

  1. Kim Says:

    Does anyone know how much NC Falcon cost the state of NC and how it was paid for? I am having a problem embracing this program that has a number of shortcomings and seems like it could have been/is a wildly expensive endeavor initiated during a time when the state is supposedly bleeding out and we are not only experiencing frozen salary but also watching coworkers lose their job to funding cuts.

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