All the State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, January 7, Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (8:00 AM), Globally Competitive Students (10:15 AM), 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM), and the Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM). Governor Easley appointed Ray Durham to fill the unexpired term of Michelle-Howard Vital who left the Board to take a position in Pa. Mr. Durham’s term will expire in March 2009 and he must be approved by the Legislature when they return in January.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 (8:00 AM) Board Room
Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting
Action and Discussion Agenda
· TCS 1 More at Four Funding Rates Approved Option #2. The Office of School Readiness must submit a SBE approved plan for funding to the General Assembly. Option 1) Move all county rates (public and private) to a sufficient, sustainable level. This option supports the position that all slots, regardless of placement should be adequately funded. Option 2) County “More at Four” slot rates are supplemented based on the percentage of children being served in the private sector. The supplement is weighted, based on the child care subsidy market rates and applied to all slots within a county. Rates are then differentiated at the local level.
Committee Meeting: Lengthy discussion was held regarding the difference between Option 1 and 2. The decision of the committee was to recommend Option 2. This option is the one currently in use and provides the most equity statewide regarding the allotment of funds. The average cost per slot allotted is $5,000, which is not sufficient, and most districts were supplementing the program with funds from other sources (Title I, Headstart, Local, etc.). There are 32,000 children in the program. If you increase the subsidy to $6,150 for private and public providers you will lose more than 5,000 slots for children. If you increase the private to $5,980 and leave public at $5,000 you would lose almost 2,000 slots. In supporting Option 2 the committee believes by establishing an average rate, but supporting counties who need more assistance, you can limit any loss of slots in the program. Presently, More at Four is funded by the General Assembly with Lottery proceeds, but the determination of funding individual programs and slots in each county is handled by the Office of School Readiness. This recommendation will be sent to the General Assembly for consideration. The long-term prediction is that the program would require additional funding. An explanation of the evaluation process was then presented in response to an inquiry from the Committee regarding the success of program.
· TCS 2 North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Advisory Board Nominations Approved the nominations. The NCVPS Advisory Board consists of 22 members. A list of six candidates was recommended to the SBE to serve a two-year term on the Advisory Board. The list is available upon request from this office.
Committee Meeting: A brief overview of the qualifications of the six nominees was presented. Board members requested assurances of diverse geographic representation of nominees, but there were no objections to the current list of nominees. Board members Howell and Willoughby were recused from the vote.
Action on First Reading
· TCS 3 Approval of Grant Personal Financial Literacy Teacher Grant. Approved the seven grants as part of the personal financial literacy grant program. Twenty-six applications were submitted by teachers and partners, from the eight regions across the state. The following grants were approved: “Engage and Advocate for Financial Freedom” submitted by Sachelle Phipps, Jones Senior High School, Trenton, “Rock the Budget” submitted by Eileen Farley Western Harnett High School, Sanford, “Investor Education” submitted by Sandy Wheat North Carolina Economic Council, “Personal Financial Literacy-ESL Style” submitted by Diane Wright the North Carolina Bar Association, “Nuestro Barrio” submitted by Peter Skillern Community Reinvestment Association of NC, “Dollars and Sense; Building Financial Literacy” submitted by Renee Coward NCCAT, and “Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation Project G-7 Program” submitted by Brice Watkins and Ronda Zeigler Eagles Youth Council: Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation.
Committee Meeting: A brief explanation was given regarding the grant application process and the reasons why some of the applications did not qualify for the funding. A total amount of the grant awarded was $39,942. A power point presentation is being posted on the web to provide information on writing grants for interested parties in order to assist them in this process. The applications were poor due to a lack of understanding of grant writing.
· TCS 4 Appointment of Individuals to the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education Moved to Action on First Reading and Approved the one individual recommended for reappointment to the committee and the six new appointments. Dr. Jewel Cooper, Associate Professor UNC Greensboro is recommended for reappointment. The following are recommended for initial appointment; Dr. Anita Alpenfels, Director of HR, Moore County Schools, Dr. Betsy Burrows, Assistant Professor, Brevard College, Dr. Linda Dunlap, Director Teacher Education, Central Piedmont Community College, Ms. Jennifer Gayford, Teacher South Topsail Elementary School, Pender County Schools, Mr. James Overman, East Garner Elementary School, Wake County Schools, Dr. Manual Vargas, Professor Winston Salem State University. This committee is responsible for reviewing the findings related to compliance of colleges and universities with teacher education program approval standards and then makes recommendations to the SBE with respect to program approval. They also review alternative/lateral entry programs. Members serve three–year terms.
Committee Meeting: No objections were made to the list of appointments and this item was moved to Action on First Reading. Board member Howell was recused from the vote.
· TCS 5 Membership for the Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children The Council is responsible for advising the SBE on issues related to the educational needs of children with disabilities. The majority of the members are individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities. There are three SBE vacancies from Regions 4 and 7 with one being a parent of a disabled child, a central office administrator and a representative of a charter school. The term of appointments by the SBE is four years.
Committee Meeting: Ms. Watson explained the qualification requirements for members of the Council. The Board was asked to continue to share nominations for the vacancies.
· TCS 6 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children The State Board discussed the formation of a State Council as required by state law to participate in the Interstate Compact for Military Children. The following individuals are being recommended: Dr. June Atkinson, Dr. Kathy Spencer, Onslow County Schools, Mr. Robert Freeman, Seymour Johnson AFB, Mr. Stephen Halkiotis Orange Board of Education, Mr. Kirk Denning Johnston County Schools Principal, Senator Vernon Malone, Representative Rick Glazier, David Phillips, Cumberland County Schools, Board Attorney, Governor-elect Perdue will make her appointment later, and there will be a Military Family Education liaison.
Committee Meeting: A list of individuals recommended for the State Council was presented. It was stated that Governor-elect Perdue will provide the name of her appointee once she becomes Governor. A tentative meeting of the State Council is scheduled for the latter part of February. A brief overview of the Interstate Compact was also presented for information to the Committee.
Contracts over $25,000- 9 Proposals
Contracts under $25,000- 7 Proposals
Communications Update Ms. Jeter briefly outlined the activities of the Public Information Department and reviewed the new publication of the Service for Success, the 2006-2008 Biennial Report.
NC Wise Update Mr. Asmar recapped the quarterly NCWise activities. Deployment for Wave 3 Year 2 is well underway and on schedule. Only 15 LEAs remain for conversion as of January 1, 2009 and data integration plans are in progress with Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Wave 3 training was well received by LEA and currently 12 vendors have responded to the RFI for the parent portal.
Budget Update Mr. Price provided a brief recap of the revenue shortfall advising the members that the state, corporate and income taxes are below projections by approximately $520 million. He stated he did not anticipate the state making any further cuts after the 4 percent in reversions requested from DPI in November. LEAs were asked to cut their state budgets for 2008-2009. Philip outlined the steps being taken to meet the next budget shortfall for 2009-2010 of approximately $2.3 billion. He also mentioned the $200 -$300 million shortfall in the State Health Plan that would occur in March, but did not offer any ideas about how the matter would be resolved. J.B. Buxton announced the possibility of an increase in educational technology funding through President-elect Obama’s Economic Stimulus package. If the stimulus package passes NC is likely to receive education funding for infrastructure, as well.
Healthy Responsible Students
Action and Discussion Agenda
Action on First Reading
· HRS 1 Report on Gang Prevention and Intervention Accepted the report. The report is to include the following information: 1) Prevalence of school violence and gang activity, 2) Use of Dept of Juvenile Prevention Council out-of-school suspension alternative learning programs 3) Current programs designed to educate parents on the signs a student may be involved in gang activity 4) Effective practices for reducing school violence and gang activity 5) Findings and recommendations including proposed legislation to provide coordination of the Justice Council and DPI to address issues related to prevention and intervention of youth gang activity. A copy of the report is available upon request from this office. .
Committee Meeting: Revisions to the report were made and included four recommendations: 1) An additional category should be added to the existing seventeen reportable offenses specifically mandating that gang violence or gang crimes be reported, 2) Students who are suspended from school should continue to be provided services, 3) Funding should be made available for the development of educational prevention and intervention programs that are specifically designed to educate both parents and school personnel about how to identify a students that may be involved in or associated with a gang and 4) Both DJJDP and DPI will seek to raise the awareness level of school and communities of the availability of violence prevention programs.
HRS 2 School At-Risk of Being Labeled A Persistently Dangerous School Moved to Action on First Reading and Approved the recommendation to place Neal Middle School in Durham on probationary status for 2008-2009. State Board policy defines a “Persistently Dangerous School” as one in which a total of five or more violent criminal offenses are committed per 1000 students during each of the two most recent school years. Neal Middle School has had 0.5 offenses per 100 students in the two most recent school years. (2006-2007 and 2007-2008). The Program Monitoring and Support Division will provide technical assistance to Neal Middle school, which already has a Turnaround Coach.
Committee Meeting: The school has been very responsive to the technical assistance provided. The recommendation from the Committee is to place Neal Middle School on probationary status for 2008-2009.
· Consolidated Data Reports Staff presented a brief report on the format for the Consolidated Data Reports that will include Annual Report of Dropout Rates, Annual Report of Suspensions and Expulsions and Annual Report of School Crime & Violence. Each of the reports will provide data by districts and regions, possible trends and changes. The new report will contain a one page general findings section and also show the correlation of data within one report to the data presented within the two remaining reports. Board members had several suggestions on possible additions to the format of the report.
Globally Competitive Students (10:15 AM) Board Room
· GCS 1 Allowing Retest Results in the Calculation of Performance Composites of the ABCs and AYP Approved changes to the NC Accountability Workbook. The USED has advised DPI that retest scores can be used at all grade levels and for all EOC assessments if the SBE mandates that retesting be required for all grades and EOC courses and not remain as a local option. The June 30th deadline for data transmission would likely preclude some LEAs from having their 2nd retest scores ready. In order to maintain consistency across the state, only the 1st retest score will be used for calculations. Please remember the retest scores are not included in the growth calculations and do not affect the ABC incentive awards. The USED will not allow the Standard Error of Measurement and Confidence Interval for AYP. Therefore students who meet Level III standard using the SEM must be retested and score proficient in order for their scores to be included in the performance composites and for AYP. Three options were presented and they include: 1) No change to current policies or practices for retesting in 2008-2009, 2) Retest Grades 3, 5, and 8 for student accountability standards (SAS) and for 5 EOCs for high school exit standards, 3) Retest at Grades 3-8 and for all 10 EOCs.
Committee Meeting: After lengthy discussion, the Committee recommended to retest all non-proficient students in Grades 3 through 8 in 2008-09. The 10 EOCs in the High Schools will be added in 2009-2010. Mr. McNeal spoke in support of Option 3, indicating the various Boards and associations who supported retesting in all the elementary grades. He noted that 70% or more of the superintendents statewide had signed off in support of the recommendation. Ms. Willoughby asked him if understood that this would require testing more students which was one of the reasons for establishing the Blue Ribbon Testing Commission (reduce testing). He acknowledged this fact, but said it was the right thing to do for children. Another committee member questioned the loss of instructional time, but overall most of the members were supportive of retesting all students who are non-proficient. Ms. Bartlett said if we are retesting them anyway then it should count (against the ABC’s and AYP numbers for the school). Dr. Prince wanted to know why the EOCs couldn’t be include this year and it was brought to her attention that not all districts retest all students and some of the high schools who are under a different calendar have already completed their fist block semester making it impossible to have those students retested. They settled on adding all the high school courses for 2009-2010 while Ms. Willoughby cautioned approving this recommendation is only a bandaid and that with completion of the new Framework for Change curriculum, assessments would be changing and this decision will be revisited at that time (recommendation in place for only two years). Board members wanted the final decision on high schools to be clear so LEAs could complete their calendars and include the time needed for testing. Mr. Buxton commented that this is about the scores for schools not for children since we already give them credit for the retest. Dr. Fabrizio had gathered a great deal of data, but was not asked any questions. Statewide the major impact is all LEAs will have to retest all students even those who had previously not been tested (students who passed based on the Standard Error of Measurement), but had been deemed proficient for purposes of promotion.
Board Meeting; The Board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation to retest all students who had not scored level 3 or 4 on EOGs in Grades 3-8 and to include the 10 EOCs in retesting for 2009-2010, as well. Mr. Tate asked about the delay in the high school EOCs and was told about the federal requirement and the lateness of the school year in implementing that change.
Action on First Reading
· GCS 2 Changes to the 2007-2008 ABCs/AYP Results Approved the recommended changes to the AYP/ABCs 2007-2008 for two schools; Bridges Charter School and The Mountain Community School. Bridges moves from Not Met to Met for AYP. The ABC’s of Mountain Community School and Bridges Charter School has also been changed.
Committee Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio presented the changes. No further discussion was necessary.
· GCS 3 Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program Approved the report to JLEOC for the ABCs and Statewide Assistance Program. The report is almost 99 pages and can be found at the following link: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/sbe_meetings/0901/gcs/01gcs03.pdf The State Board is required to report to JLEOC each year by January 15 of any changes to the Consolidated Assistance Program.
Committee Meeting: A minor change was made to page 18 and will be corrected and posted on the web. The chart referred to 20 school districts, but only listed 19. Charlotte-Mecklenburg was omitted from the list. The number of schools affected in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district is 160 with 13 of the schools listed as low-performing.
· GCS 4 Participation in American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra I and II Exams The State Board discussed participation in the American Diploma project. NC is a member of the ADP Network sponsored by Achieve, Inc., which includes 33 states who are committed to ensuring every high school graduate is prepared for college or work by raising the rigor of standards, exams, and curricula. NC has partnered with the Network on developing Algebra I and Algebra II exams based on standards developed by Achieve, Inc. DPI is recommending that a representative sample of high schools participate in the ADP Algebra II assessment in Spring of 2009 to provide a state-to-state comparison. They are also recommending the SBE consider waiving the State Algebra II EOC requirement for the sampled high schools, thus holding the test taking to one test for this course for those participating. As a result of budget concerns DPI supports the continued involvement in ADP Algebra I, but will not administer the ADP Algebra I exam during the Spring of 2009.
Committee Meeting: The recommendation from the Committee was to continue to participate in the ADP program with a representative sampling of students (approximately 4,000) from 25 schools. The Committee did not recommend waiving the State Algebra II EOC requirement. Staff will present the recommendation at the February Board meeting for a vote.
· Update on Plan for Future-Ready Core Staff presented a brief overview of the information for middle and high school students and their parents to be posted on the website under Graduation Requirements. This tool will assist students in developing and planning their long- term goals toward graduation and the courses required and accepted in the Future-Ready Core. The student planner and parent check list will provide easy access to information of the courses completed and the courses remaining to fulfill the graduation requirements. The program will also provide easy access of information for principals, teachers and counselors.
21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM) Board Room
· TCP 1 Revised Teacher Education Specialty Area Standards Approved the revised specialty area standards. Previously, the programs received a seven-year on-site review and this will be replaced with an annual review of evidence candidates recommended for teacher licensure meet the NC Professional Teaching Standards. Revised standards, focused on the knowledge and skills essential in each content area have been developed. The standards are expected to be in operation no later than the Fall of 2010. A copy of the standards can be found online at: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/sbe_meetings/0901/tcp/01tcp01.pdf
Committee Meeting: No further discussion.
Action on First Reading
· TCP 2 Final Decision in Contested Cases Approved the decision of the Administrative Law Judge. David Cox is contesting the denial of his teaching license. Beulah Bolton is challenging the denial for graduate pay. Closed Session The Board voted to uphold the decision of the ALJ.
· TCP 3 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program and Alternative Lateral Entry Program Approval Recommendations The State Board discussed the approval recommendations made by the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education. Program approvals include: Greensboro College, High Point University, Queens University of Charlotte, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University and Wingate University. The Committee also reviewed the proposal for an alternative program for lateral entry teachers. The Moore County Schools/Sandhills Community College program review is included. The Committee supports the Lateral Entry Training (LET) program being used by Moore County schools. They are using the research-based Learning-Focused model for lesson design, which focuses on five areas; planning, curriculum, instruction, assessment and school organization. They plan to implement this model in 2009-2010 and have submitted their proposal to the State Board for approval.
Committee Meeting: The Board Committee heard a presentation by Moore County Schools on their proposal for a lateral entry program. Legislation was approved to allow LEAs to submit a lateral entry plan to be approved by the SBE. The State Evaluation Committee heard the plan and is supportive of the Moore County proposal. There was a great deal of positive discussion on the plan, however two members (from higher education) expressed concerns about lateral entry teachers receiving adequate instruction in their content area from Sandhills Community College. Dr. Sullivan reminded them in order for a person to enter the lateral entry program they would have to successfully complete 24 hours in their major. Questions were posed about the level of pedagogy these individuals were receiving. These lateral entry programs are to be reviewed annually and the Moore County program is expected to provide data on their plan. Moore County is hoping to increase their supply of teachers within the County with their program and to ensure these teachers are evaluated. The program is also providing for teachers to be grouped together since isolation is one of the biggest challenges they face as a lateral entry teacher. Guilford was the first program approved.
· TCP 4 Report from Phase I LEAs Implementing the Teacher Evaluation Instrument
In order to obtain feedback from the 13 LEAs in Phase I of the implementation of the Teacher Evaluation Instrument, 125 principals and central office personnel completed a Zoomerang survey. Then, two focus groups were held with teams including superintendents, central office personnel, principals, and teachers to have extensive conversations about how the evaluation process is progressing. About 55 educators attended the focus groups. Each of the 13 LEAs had at least 3 representatives. Dr. Stephen Greene and Cheryl Fuller conducted the sessions. This is the survey link:http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/sbe_meetings/0901/tcp/01tcp04.pdf
Committee Meeting: Ms. Harris had Carolyn McKinney presented a power point on the survey and the results of two focus groups she held within the State (with the 13 LEAs in Phase I). Some of the findings from the focus group were that the evaluation was aligned with the SBE goals, encourages authentic discussion and teacher leadership. There was discussion about whether LEAs could still use Action Plans. The self-assessment is wonderful. The main negative from these groups was not enough professional development. Request was made to provide more technology and to streamline the paperwork. They commented on the importance of having principals and teachers talking to one another about teaching. There were several more speakers who came forward to tell the members how “wonderful” the new instrument is for them. No one was invited to speak on concerns. The committee spent almost 2 hours hearing the “Good News.” McRel was asked to address the question of validation of the instrument. She said her research has shown that you only need to validate the standard. She provided an analogy to make her point. At this time the NCSBA and others have a series of issues with the process and the question of validating the elements. Ms. Harris concluded this discussion by saying she felt all the questions and concerns expressed by the naysayers had been satisfactorily addressed. The APA process starts next week. Comments on the new policy will be accepted until early February. The actual APA meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 12 from 2-4 to receive public comments in writing or in person. This issue is far from resolved as the majority urban districts are yet to come on-line. They still have until 2010-2011.
Board Meeting: The new State Board advisor (Board Member) reiterated his question posed to Superintendent Hoke (Alexander County) the day before, which was never answered. So he asked if the Board would get an AG opinion if the ten day dismissal requirement in the policy was flexible. Ms Harris then summoned Supt. Hoke to the front to address the Board and reluctantly Chairman Lee agreed to allow him to speak, but he was clearly ready to move on in this discussion. Enough time was spent the day before and the APA process will soon begin and more changes may need to be made after that is all said and done.
· Status Report on Licensure Staff reported 890 licensure application requests remain to be processed in December. A handout was provided showing the status of the licensure website and the timeline for future projects. A copy of this plan is available upon request from this office.
· Report from the Mentor Task Force Staff presented an overview of the responsibilities of the Taskforce with four recommendations: 1) Create standards for inductions programs aligned with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and the Teacher Evaluation System, 2) Establish a network of mentor programs, 3) Develop and provide training to mentors, and 4) Review and update the current North Carolina State Board of Education policies on the Beginning Teacher Support Program.
· Update on Teacher Education Program Re-visioning UNC-G shared with the committee in revsioning their program and NC State plans to present next month.
Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM) Room 504
· LFI 1 Enrollment Increase Requests Above 10% and Charter School Grade Expansion Approved the enrollment and grade expansion requests for charter schools. The schools requesting an increase in enrollment are: Carter Community School (Durham) 184 students to 220 (increase of 10 students above 10%); Gray Stone Day School (Stanly) 284 to 350 (increase of 43 students); Lake Norman Charter School (Mecklenburg) 1045 to 1290 (increase by 85) Lincoln Charter School (Lincoln) 1009 to 1274 (increase of 148); Queen’s Grant Community School (Mecklenburg) 950 to 1220 in 2009-10 and to 1370 in 2010-11 (increase of 38); Quest Academy Charter School (Wake) 149 to 160 (increase of 14) and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Denied) (Rutherford) 1041 to 1460 in 2010-11 (increase of 419 students). The following schools have requested an increase in enrollment above 10% and a grade expansion: Highland Charter Public School (Gaston) from a K-2 to K-5 by 2011-2012 with an increase in student enrollment from 74 to 113; Kestrel Heights School (Denied ) (Durham) is requesting a grade expansion to add K-5 with an enrollment increase from 461 to 980 an increase of 473. Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts (Denied) requests an expansion from K-8 to K-12 with an increase in enrollment from 804 to 900 in 2009-10 increasing the student enrollment by 35. Also, Socrates Academy (Mecklenburg) is requesting a grade expansion from K-4 to K-8 by 2012-13 with an increase in enrollment to 600. The Children’s Village Academy (Lenoir) is requesting a grade expansion from K-6 to K-8 with an enrollment increase from 112 to 150. The Office of Charter Schools is not recommending the request for Kestrel Heights, Sallie B. Howard and Thomas Jefferson be approved. The recommendation for all the remaining schools is for approval.
Committee Meeting: Each of the requests was presented to the Committee by Mr. Moyer with the recommendation from the Office of Charter Schools. Three of the schools were denied approval of their request: Thomas Jefferson, Kestrel Heights, and Sallie B. Howard. Thomas Jefferson requested approval for an additional campus. Staff has encouraged the Lake Lure community to file an application for a new charter school during the application process in February rather than expanding the current campus. Assistance in planning the new charter school would be provided by the board and staff of Thomas Jefferson. However, the Office of Charter Schools did not guarantee the application would be approved. Kestrel Heights remains under investigation for governance issues and admission requirements and Sallie B. Howard performance composite remains an issue. The recommendations for all the remaining schools were approved.
Action on First Reading
· LFI 2 2006-2007 LEA Technology Plan Monitoring Visits Accept the amended technology monitoring report. The following LEAs were rated Non-Compliant: Bladen County Schools, Hoke County Schools and Robeson County Schools. Each of the LEAs has responded in writing, listing a series of issues that have created problems for their technology plans. Limited personnel, personnel changes, lack of funding, unrealistic measurement for strategy and required policies that are not in place. The report recommends an additional visit to each LEA to further review their plan and data collection methods.
Committee Meeting: Staff presented information regarding the schools rated noncompliant. Hoke County Schools and Robeson County Schools are now in compliance. Bladen County Schools is awaiting final visit from staff and may at this time be in compliance. The Department will visit the school as soon as possible. The report will be amended with the revised data. Board members were concerned funding was being withheld due to the noncompliance issues. According to Mr. Price, the funds are in escrow and will be distributed to the appropriate schools.
· LFI 3 NC 1:1 Learning Initiative Pilot Expansion Approved the expansion of the 1:1 pilot program. In December, the SBE approved funding to Wilkes and Edgecombe counties. The Steering Committee met again and has added Asheville City Schools ($200,000) and Mooresville School District ($165,000) to the awards. The program initiative has $135,865 left from the original $500,000 available in funding.
Committee Meeting: A brief overview of the selection process was presented. There are 16 applications available for review. Funds must be encumbered by June 30.
· LFI 5 Children’s Community School and Community Partners Charter High School Name Change Request Moved to Action on First Reading and Approved the name change for the Children’s Community School. The Office of Charter Schools is recommending the name change also for Community Partners Charter High School be approved, at the request of the charter schools board of directors.
Committee Meeting: Mr. Moyer recommended the Committee move the item to Action on First Reading and approve the name changes for Children’s Community School to Community School of Davidson and Community Partners Charter High School (Wake) to Southern Wake Academy
· LFI 4 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2009 The State Board will discuss the recommendations of the Office of Charter Schools on renewal recommendations for charter schools that expire June 2009. The following is a list of the schools with the renewal recommendations included: American Renaissance (Iredell)-10 year, Crossnore (Avery)-5 year, Evergreen (Buncombe)-10 year, Forsyth Academies (Forsyth)-10 year, Greensboro Academy (Guilford)-10 year, Guilford Preparatory Academy (Guilford)-5 year, Mountain Community (Henderson)-10 year, PreEminent (Wake)-No Renewal, Provisions (Lee)-No Renewal, Quest (Wake)-10 year, Raleigh Charter High School (Wake)-10 year, Research Triangle Charter Academy (Durham)-5 year, Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School (Moore)-3 year, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Rutherford)-10 year Vance Charter (Vance)-10 year, Torchlight (Wake)-No Renewal.
Committee Meeting: Mr. Moyer presented each recommendation to the Committee. Non renewal was recommended by the Office of Charter Schools for the following: Provisions (Lee), PreEminent (Wake) and Torchlight (Wake). Representatives from each of the three schools were given an opportunity to speak in support of having their charter renewed.
Board Meeting: Chairman Lee expressed his dismay over the article published in Thursday’s, News and Observer and defended the right of the State Board of Education to close any public charter school that is low performing and not providing the basic education for children. The SBE is responsible for ensuring children receive sound basic education as ordered by the courts. Mr. Pittman has been assigned to work with the Charter Schools to hear their concerns and determine if they should receive further consideration to renew their charters.
· Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools Ad hoc Committee met and will develop a process for Recommendation #5 from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools:
EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT AND CLOSURE
5. The State Board of Education should develop a more diagnostic process of oversight to enable timely response to poor-performing schools (rather than 5-10 years). A school that demonstrates low growth and low performance should be reviewed and the results of the review should determine subsequent state action relative to the school. A charter school that has low growth and low performance should be given one year to demonstrate improvement or be closed. The minimum standard for academic growth should be “a year’s growth in a school year” by the end of the second year of enrollment in the school.
· Low Performing Charter Schools Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School has submitted a Corrective Action Plan for 2008-09. This will be discussed at the February meeting.
· District and School Transformation Update Dr. Ashley briefly reported on the achievement results for the low performing high schools and Turnaround Schools.
· NC Virtual Public School/Learn and Earn on-Line (LEO) Director’s Report Dr. Setser was rescheduled for next month’s meeting.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
8:30 AM State Board of Education Meeting, Howard Lee, Chairman
Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation, Approval of Minutes
Special Recognition: Introduction of New Local Board of Education Advisor to the State Board of Education Dr. Wendell Hall, Hertford County Schools, Winner of the North Carolina School Boards Association’s Raleigh Dingman Award
Resolution and Special Presentation
· Honoring Dr. Weaver Rogers, Former Executive Director, Office of the North Carolina State Board of Education-In Memoriam. Today’s meeting was dedicated to Dr. Rogers.
Globally Competitive Students
· GCS 5 International Tests In 2005, three national organizations, National Governor’s Association (NGA), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Achieve, Inc. came together to prepare a plan for benchmarking their K-12 education systems to other top-performing nations. In December of this year they released their report and a summary of the report will be presented. A copy is available upon request from this office.
Board Meeting: The Board members heard a presentation on the report “Ensuring US Students Receive a World Class Education.” This document will serve as the plan to advocate for changes based on the recommendations in the report. It was noted Canada leads all other countries in its support to schools in preparing students for college. NC is below average in this category. The U.S. is second in funding availability and in the middle in terms of funds being appropriated. There is hope with the new President that changes will be made to NCLB to improve the program. They talked about standards in the curriculum nationwide so that there is more continuity. Right now our curriculum is a mile wide and an inch deep. Efforts need to be made to define standards (essential elements) and to focus on those in each and every state in each and every curriculum.
21st Century Professionals Committee
· TCP 5 Teacher Working Conditions Survey Ann McArthur presented a brief update of the survey. She will also acknowledge the fifteen schools that were recognized at the Real DEAL conference. Carpenter Elementary and Panther Creek High School were two of the schools receiving the award for demonstrating excellent working and learning conditions. A copy of the summary is available upon request from this office.
Board Meeting: She noted this would be her last presentation. She thanked the Board for their commitment to the Teacher Working Condition’s Survey. She also mentioned how NC with its survey had become a model for the rest of the States and that the education publication “Quality Counts” uses the teacher’s survey as part of how a State is performing in education.
Leadership for Innovation Committee
· LFI 6 Plan for Statewide Assistance for Schools In 2007-2008 DPI implemented a new system of district and school assistance based on ABCs status, NCLB status and the ability of the LEA to provide resources to support their schools. In addition, DPI has given assistance to high schools with performance composites under 60%. An update of the progress of the “Turnaround” high schools will be provided. Wake County Schools is listed in the information with two schools in 2008 that are low performing; Barwell Road Elementary and East Wake School of Integrated Technology. Two charter schools from Wake were also included in the list; PreEminent and Torchlight. There are 40 districts in corrective action, 112 “Turnaround” high schools, 192 corrective action schools and 101 low performing schools (2008). As part of the list, there are 7 urban districts with more than 50 schools included in one of the assistance categories. A copy of the complete list is available upon request from this office or is online at:
Board Meeting: Ms. Garland reviewed the efforts to be made within DPI to help serve LEAs and schools deemed low-performing. She noted that more than half of the school that are LP this year are in the urban school systems. Individual letter will be sent to each LEA with the state and federal requirements that need to be fulfilled as a result of the ABCs and AYP legislation. This will help to eliminate redundancy for schools already being served and for LEAs who are already working and providing assistance to their high needs schools. In some cases the Superintendents evaluation will be required to be sent to the SBE as part of the law. Mr. Tate wanted to know if the law will allow the SBE to get the Principal evaluations for review. Mr. Ziko will have to answer that question next month. Schools are divided into three levels; Tier I-Self-monitoring Tier II Desk Review and Tier III On-site review.
· Update on Framework for Change A spreadsheet was handed out with timelines on this issue. A copy is available upon request from this office.
State Superintendent’s Report
-Dr. June Atkinson shared “Good News” about people in DPI.
Old Business/New Business
Joint Board Meeting scheduled for March. Tentative dates March 3-4 somewhere between Raleigh and Charlotte.