Preview of September State Board of Education Agenda:

September 2-3, 2009

The following State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, September 2: Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee (8:00 AM), Globally Competitive Students (10:00 AM), Healthy, Responsible Students Committee (10:00 AM), Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:45 PM), and the 21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45 PM). The State Board of Education will meet on Thursday, September 3.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 (8:00AM)

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants The recommendation is for the State Board of Education to approve the grants.

-21st Century Community Learning Centers The purpose of the program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children. The Programs serve students who attend high-poverty, or low-performing schools, and who are academically at-risk and scoring at Levels I and Level II. There were 60 proposals received for the $7,134,842. Thirty proposals were recommended for funding for this amount. Recommended for approval, in Wake County, is the community-based organization ACE. They have requested $250,000 to fund programs at Rhema Academy, Walnut Terrace Community Center, Nehemiah Schools of Technology & Entrepreneurship, and Big Brothers and Sisters of the Triangle.

-NCLB Enhancing Education through Technology Continuation Grant Awards-IMPACT II, IMPACT III, AND IMPACT IV AWARDS The IMPACT Model School Grants are awarded to 31 schools (12 LEAs) in North Carolina to provide the necessary personnel, resources, access, professional development and student instruction to produce technologically literate students by the eighth grade and have a significant impact on the academic achievement of the school’s student population. The total amount of the grants awarded is: $13,123,434 ranging from $92,637 to $1,576,000. Wake County Schools did not receive any funding from this grant.

  • TCP 2 Requests for Waiver of the Repayment Obligation of the National Board Certification Participation Fee The State Board is asked to approve the recommendations of the appeals panel. An appeals panel considered the appeals of 20 teachers who did not complete or attempt the process. The Panel is recommending to the State Board of Education to deny all 20 requests for those who did not attempt or did not complete the National Board Certification Process. A list of the persons requesting a waiver is available upon request from this office. Closed Session Item.
  • TCP 3 Governor’s School Board of Governors The State Board of Education is recommended to approve the appointment of Reginald Mathis to a three-year tem as a representative for District 2. Mr. Mathis would be selected as a lay person on the Board of Governors.  The previous representative’s term expired on June 20, 2009. A copy of the current membership roster is available upon request from this office.

Contract Update

Contracts over $25,000 – 16 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 2 Proposals

New Business

-Communications Update

-Budget Update-

Globally Competitive Students (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion

Action

  • GCS 1 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School: Considerations for English I State Board of Education members are requested to approve the expansion of the existing policy to include English I. DPI staff will share information with the Committee on expanding the current policy GCS-M-001 to allow middle school students to take and receive credit for high school English I.
  • GCS 2 K-12 Mathematics, English 10, Occupational Course of Study, and K-12 Information and Technology Essential Standards The SBE is recommended to approve the new Essential Standards for K-12 Mathematics, English 10, Occupational Course of Study, and K-12 Information Technology and deletion of policy GCS-F-006 The policy is not needed because the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Computer and Technology Skills and the Information Skills courses have been merged. The State Board is also being asked to accept the technical changes to policies GCS-F-002 and GCS-F-004. The essential standards are the result of analysis of current research, national and international standards, as well as business and labor market standards. Essential Standards are presented by content area and grade level with clarifying objectives. A draft of these standards can be found at:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/ Copies of the policies with technical changes are available upon request from this office.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 Approval of Providers for Supplemental Educational Services for 2009-10 The State Board of Education is requested to approve the proposed list of 155 SES providers from the 166 applicants. District 3 (Wake) has 25 SES recommended providers. In addition, there are 20 providers from LEAs. A review team made up of NCDPI consultants reviewed the applications and agreed on the SES providers (that met all required components of the application) be recommended for approval.  A copy of the list of providers is available upon request from this office.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Evaluation Policy The SBE discussed the proposed policy in August. The reauthorization of ESEA requires the State Education Agency (SEA) to develop, implement, and publicly report on standards and techniques for monitoring the quality and effectiveness of services offered by approved supplemental educational services (SES) providers. The SEA must establish procedures for withdrawing approval from providers that fail, for two consecutive years, to contribute to increasing the academic proficiency of students served by the providers. A copy of the policy and evaluation rubric is available upon request from this office. New language has been added to this policy in connection with the evaluation process and the removal list of providers process. New Language as follows: Evaluation results will be weighted for each criterion with student achievement at 50 percent, attendance at 25 percent, and parental satisfaction at 25 percent.  A provider must achieve a minimum rating of 75 percent to continue with a status of Good Standing.  The failure of a provider to achieve a minimum of 75 percent will result in a provider status of Probationary. The removal process states: A provider that receives two consecutive determinations of probationary status shall be recommended to the State Board of Education for removal. An appeal from a removal decision shall be submitted to the Office of Administrative Hearings pursuant to Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.

This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action at the October SBE meeting.

  • GCS 5 Honors Course Policy Revisions The State Board of Education members are requested to review revisions of policy GCS-L-004 outlining standards and the formal review process for all courses eligible for honors weight. A copy of the policy is available upon request from this office. This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action at the October SBE meeting.
  • GCS 6 Healthy Youth Act Implementation State Board of Education members are requested to review the implementation plan for instructional support to LEAs in response to the passage of the Healthy Youth Act to ensure that local school districts, schools and health educators are appropriately prepared to deliver reproductive health and safety education as mandated through this Act by the General Assembly. An essential element of this plan is the creation of a group of key DPI and statewide partners/ stakeholders that will advise and work in partnership with the Healthy Schools Section at DPI, in preparation for the 2010-2011 school year when the new law is to be implemented. The objectives of the group are as follows: 1) Work with stakeholders to develop and implement a communication plan for the revised reproductive health and safety curriculum, 2) Provide technical assistance to LEAs on implementation of the revised curriculum, 3) Identify age-appropriate materials, scientifically –based and medically accurate for instruction, identify and support professional development for those teaching the revised curriculum, and 4) Identify local resources to promote parent/community support including material review and consent form processes.  In accordance with the legislation G.S. 115C-81 has been amended. A copy of the policy is available upon request from this office. This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action at the October SBE meeting.
  • GCS 7 Changes to Policy Delineating the Components of the ABCs Accountability Program for the 2009-10 School Year The Department recommends that the amendments to GCS-C-20 be approved. To comply with Senate Bill 202, the NCDPI requests that the Competency Tests in Reading and Mathematics, the End-of-Course Tests in Chemistry and Physics, and the Computer Skills Tests be removed from the testing and accountability program effective with the 2009-2010 school year. This will remove Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Skills from the ABCs performance composite calculations. In addition, NCDPI requests that the NCCLAS Alternate Assessments be removed from the testing and accountability program as requested by the USED. This will removed NCCLAS Alternate Assessments in Science Grades 5 and 8, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Civics and Economics, Geometry, Physical Science, Physics, and U.S. History from ABCs performance composite calculations. NCCLAS Alternate Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8, Mathematics Grades 3-8, Algebra I, English I, Writing Grade 10 will be removed from ABCs performance composite calculations and AYP results. Reference to the High School Comprehensive Test of Mathematics is also removed. Included in this section is a letter dated, August 12, 2009 from USED. It outlines the deficiencies in the NC Standards and Assessment program with respect to the federal standards (ESEA). It specifically states that NCEXTEND1 and 2EOG as well as the other alternate assessment do not meet federal law. The NC Standards and Assessment system cannot be approved without further evidence. Unless NC can provide evidence of comparability of NCCLAS to general assessment NC cannot use NCCLAS in 2009-2010. There are additional requirements necessary for USED to give full approval and NC is requested to comply by September 28, 2009.  A copy of this policy and USED letter are available upon request from this office. This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action at the October SBE meeting.

Healthy, Responsible Students Committee

Action on First Reading

  • HRS 1 Schools At-Risk of Being Labeled Persistently Dangerous The State Board of Education is recommended to place Longview School (Wake County) and Metro School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg) on probationary status and that the Program Monitoring and Exceptional Children Division monitor the schools during the 2009-2010 school year. These schools were reported to have .5 or more violent criminal offenses per 100 students during each of the two most recent school years and are at-risk of being labeled “Persistently Dangerous”.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:45 PM)

New Business

– District and School Transformation Districts 2008-09 Performance

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:45)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Addition of Elementary (K-6) Content Area Concentrations as License Areas The Board is asked to approve the addition of the elementary (K-6) content area concentrations as license areas (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) based on the completion of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework that will be offered by approved NC universities. This will become effective upon Board approval.
  • TCP 2 Proposed Qualifying Score for the Revised School Leaders Licensure Assessment School Leadership Series The recommendation is the SBE approve a qualifying scaled score of 163 for the revised SLLA School Leadership Series as the equivalent of the current score of 155. The revised SLLA test will be administered in September 2009. Upon the Board’s approval of the recommended score, and during the interim of implementation of revised IHE approved programs, policy will be developed to align licensure requirements for out-of-state and in-state School Executive applicants. This item will become effective upon Board approval.
  • TCP 3 Clarification of the Effective Date of the Adjusted Praxis II Score for Physical Education In May, the State Board adjusted the required passing score for the Physical Education Praxis II test from 158 to 152. An effective date of July 1, 2008, forward was established. The Board is requested to establish an effective date of May 6, 2009, with the clarification that applicants for a physical education license with a score of 152 or higher on the required Praxis II exam for Physical Education will be deemed to have satisfied the testing requirement regardless of when the test was taken.  The proposal will become effective upon Board approval.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Final Decision in Contested Cases: The State Board shall issue a Final Agency Decision in each of the contested cases. Closed Session Item.

-Courtney M. Sears vs. DPI The Board is requested to adopt the Final Decision presented by staff. Courtney M. Sears filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of Petitioner’s request for Graduate Pay. The Administrative Law Judge granted Petitioner’s request.

-John David Erwin vs. NC-DPI The Board is requested to adopt the Final Decision presented by staff. John David Erwin filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of credit for non-teaching work experience. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.

-Jennifer Satinsky vs. NC-SBE The Board is requested to adopt the Final Decision presented by staff. Jennifer Satinsky filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of Petitioner’s request for a waiver to repay the NBPTS participation fee. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.

-Allen M. Coyle vs. NC-SBE The Board is requested to adopt the Final Decision presented by staff. Allen M Coyle filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of Petitioner’s request for waiver to repay the NBPTS participation fee. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.

  • TCP 5 Recommendations for the Advisory Board on Requests for Exceptions from Teacher Licensing Requirements The recommendation is to approve the requests as presented. A panel chaired by a member of the State Board reviews the requests by individuals who have not met licensing requirements due to extenuating circumstances. They may request an exception from the requirement or an extension of time. Closed Session Item.

Discussion

  • TCP 6 Proposed Standards for the Evaluation of School Psychologists New standards for the evaluation of school psychologists, aligned with the new teacher standards, have been developed and are presented for discussion. Upon SBE approval, work on the development and validation of a new instrument will begin. Staff is also recommending that the job description be used as professional standards support document. This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action in October.
  • TCP 7 Annual Report on the Reasons Teachers Leave (Teacher Turnover Report) The Teacher turnover report 2008-09 is presented for discussion. The 2008-09 State turnover average is 8.6 percent with 115 school systems reporting that 12,595 teachers of the 98,985 teachers employed left their systems for a system turnover rate of 12.72 percent. This represents a decrease in the turnover rate (13.85 percent) reported for the 2007-08 school year. The turnover percentage rate for Wake is 11.12 percent with a 10.48 percent five-year average. Of the 12,595 teachers report leaving, 4,478 had tenure. Of the 9,319 teachers in Wake County, 1,036 left the system, of which, 255 remained in Education, 377 left for reason beyond their control, and 149 left for reasons initiated by the LEA.  This item is presented for discussion in September and for Action in October.

New Business

  • Licensure Operational Update

3:30 Board Convenes in Open Session

Closed Session

Board Reconvenes in Open Session

4:30 Adjourn

Thursday, September 3, 2009 (8:30 AM)

State Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order,

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition-New State Board of Education Advisors

-Dr. Jack Hoke, Alexander County, Superintendent Advisor

-Mr. Vann Pennell, Wachovia North Carolina Principal of the Year Advisory

Information Agenda

Leadership for Innovation

  • LFI 1 Data from Turnaround Schools The 2008-09 results for Turnaround Schools will be presented as information. Eighty-seven of the 103 schools (23 high schools from urban areas) served in Turnaround improved their performance composites when compared to the previous year’s scores, with 29 schools improving more than 10 points. Thirty schools achieved performance composites above 60 percent, which allows them to move into Self-Directed Turnaround Status. The remaining composite scores ranged from below 60 percent down to 27.9 percent (Northampton High-West). Thirty-seven schools were included in the middle schools transformation program and of those schools, four increased above 60 percent while the other 33 remained below. Of the other 33 schools (20 middle schools from urban areas) all but three showed an increase in the performance composite over 2007-2008 scores. Wake County did not have any high schools or middle schools included in the District and School Transformation program.
  • LFI 2 Plan for Statewide Assistance for Schools Since 2006 the Department has been responding to a directive from Judge Manning and the Governor’s Office to provide services to high schools with performance composites under 60. Staff from the District and School Transformation Division has been working with high schools in Turnaround Status. Dr. Pat Ashley will give an update on the progress of these high schools.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports-Listed Above

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. June Atkinson

Chairman’s Remarks

Update on the Framework for Change

Halifax County Update

Legislative Update

Old Business

New Business

  • 11:15 AM Adjourn
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One Response to “Preview of September State Board of Education Agenda:”

  1. Keesha Estes Says:

    I am writing because if the bill that is currently under review for the Physical Education Praxis II. I have taken this test on four different occasions and can not pass it with the current score in effect. But with the passing of lowering the score for NC I now have a passing score. The problem is that my passing score was in 2006. So that means I stiil have to take the test again because it was not in 2008. I truely believe that the high score should be for whenever a person took the test. I know that I am a very knowledgeable teacher but passing the praxis II has been a struggle for me. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA. It has gotten so frustrating for me that I have applied for license and jobs in other states because I want to be in the classroom. I know I am a good teacher but with the current date in effect I may have to change careers. That is not what I want to do. I am asking that you consider changing the date for scores to any date that the test has been taken.

    Thank you


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