Preview of November State Board of Education Agenda

November 4-5, 2009

The following State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, November 4: Globally Competitive Students and Healthy, Responsible Students Committee (10:00 AM). Also, the 21st Century Professionals Committee and the Leadership for Innovation Committee will meet in the afternoon session. On Thursday, November 5, the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee will meet prior to the State Board of Education meeting scheduled for 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Globally Competitive Students (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 1 Changes to Policy Delineating End-of-Grade and End-of Course Retests and Review Procedures The State Board is asked to approve a change to the policy on retesting. DPI is requesting that the option for LEAs to administer a third administration (Retest 2) of the end-of-grade and end-of-course test be removed from the testing and accountability program effective with 2009-2010. Retest 2 is no longer required by the State and scores are not included in ABCs or AYP. Following Retest 1, schools may use the results from both the Regular administration and Retest 1 along with other available information to make promotion decisions. After Retest 1 the standard error of measurement (SEM) may be used at the discretion of the LEAs. The policy change must be made in November so the change can be effective for the fall block testing at the high schools.

Discussion

  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The Board will continue to discuss the draft proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. Dr. Bill Sanders and Dr. June Rivers will present the EVAAS system to the GCS Committee. A worksheet enumerates several issues for consideration: Exploration and planning for other widely used assessment, like ACT, SAT, WorkKeys or Accuplacer. The Committee has discussed the desire to use a national test(s) as a measure of post-secondary readiness. Included in this worksheet is a series of questions: 1) Will we continue to have and use the gateways? 2) Do we need a model than can make a single “up or down” decision for an LEA? 3) How should we balance the components in the model? 4) Are there other components in the model that should be added? 5) What se of additional incentives could be put in place to support school improvement and student achievement? 6) Extra points for increasing number of Level IV students? A copy of the worksheet is available upon request from my office.

October Committee Meeting: The discussion was to seek guidance from the Board on how to proceed with a new accountability model as far as what components might be in the new model and how the components should be defined. The object of the new accountability model is to evaluate student performance, project post-secondary readiness and provide interventions when necessary. The new model will also show LEA accountability. The draft chart indicates EVAAS would be a component to provide value-added measures for teachers, schools and districts. EVAAS may play a major role in this project and Dr. June Rivers and Dr. Bill Sanders have been invited to the next meeting to provide a detailed report on the expectations of EVAAS. Dr. Sanders has indicated they are already working on projections for every student in North Carolina for their readiness for college including projections for course selection and career choices.

New Business

  • K-2 Diagnostics

21st Century Professionals Committee (12:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Addition of Elementary (K-6) Content Area Concentrations as License Areas The State Board is requested to approve a proposal to add content area concentrations (an add-on license) to the elementary license area as presented. Individuals with an elementary license would be eligible to have the elementary concentration areas added to their license based on the completion of 18 hours of content-based graduate coursework designed for the elementary teacher in the core content areas of mathematics/or science. Based on defined master’s degree requirements at the universities, some or all of these courses may be applied towards existing degree programs.

Discussion

  • TCP 2 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations The State Board will discuss the SEC’s recommendation’s related to the Brevard College Teacher Education Program based on the Spring 2009 follow-up visit.  They will also discuss the recommendations related to the approval of the revisioned teacher education programs. The revisioned programs are based on the standards for teachers adopted by the Board in June 2007 and the redesigned program approval process agreed upon by the Board in January 2008.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

  • LFI 01 Final Decision in Contested Case: Provisions Community Development Corporation DBA Provisions Academy v. State Board of Education  Provisions Academy filed a petition for a contested case to challenge the expiration of Provisions Academy s Charter. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the State Board’s Decision.

New Business

NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 (8:00 AM)

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Establish Front-end Funding for Governor’s School The State Board is asked to approve front-end funding for the Governor’s School for the 2010 Summer Program. The Governor’s School’s appropriations for FY 2009-2010 covers program costs for the summer of 2009 programs. Due to budget reductions there was no unexpended/carryover balance to cover start-up preparations costs for the summer of 2010. To ensure there is funding for the 2010 summer programs a proposal for a one-time non-recurring reduction to the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Student allotment is requested in the amount of approximately $80,500. The proposal is to reduce the AIG student allotment for all 115 LEAs by $700 each to create the start-up pool. LEA allotments range from $28,171 in Tyrrell County to $6,629,538 in Wake. Every LEA will be reduced by the same amount regardless of the total funding or number of AG student’s being served.
  • TCS 2 North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) Funding Formula  The State Board is requested to review possible options for a funding formula. The NC legislature,  in the 2009 budget act, required the SBE to report a formula for NCVPS by December 15, 2009. Originally the legislature had adopted a provision requiring an NCVPS formula be effective with the 2009-2010 school year and at no cost to students. In addition, DPI was to communicate guidelines regarding enrollment of nonpublic school students in these courses.  A formula was never adopted in 2008/2009 and thus the new provision (2009 budget) stating the continued funding of the State Board was dependent on the adoption of the new formula by 12.15.09.  Three options are presented for discussion: 1) Develop a formula where NCVPS is treated like an LEA with its own ADM (LEAs could capture a 25 percent savings by delivering a course via NCVPS), 2) charge a fee per course allow LEAs flexibility to convert teacher positions to dollars to cover the cost of courses, and 3) Develop a formula based on the formula used to support Florida’s Virtual School. This is similar to ADM formula outlined in #1. The “per pupil” funding is based upon one FTE= 6 credits of courses per year. The dollar value of the FTE varies from district to district within the state. Funding is based on projected course participation.

New Business

  • Communications Update
  • Automated Data Systems Associated with Uniform Education Reporting Systems (UERS)
  • NCVPS Non-Public School Students

Contract Update

Contracts over $25,000 – 7 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 12 Proposals

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

Call to Order,

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Minutes

Report on Findings from the Student Debt Tour

– State Treasurer Janet Cowell

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

-ACRE Update

-District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley

-Performance Navigator-Dr. Adam Levinson

Consent Agenda

  • GCS 3 Report on LEA Status for Title III Improvement The State Board is requested to approve by consent agenda the annual report. As part of NCLB, LEAs receiving Title III funds must meet a series of Annual Measurable Assessment Objectives (AMAOs). The three objectives: 1) AMAO 1 (Progress) the percent of students who demonstrate progress in at least one of the subtests on the English Language proficiency test 2) AMAO 2 (Proficiency) An annual increase in the percentage of students identified as limited English proficiency who attain English language proficiency on English language test. 3) AMAO 3 (AYP for LEP subgroup) The LEP subgroup must annually meet AYP in academic proficiency in reading and mathematics. LEAs that do not meet their AMAO targets in the same set two years in a row are required to develop a detailed improvement plan as required by NCLB. Title III Improvement for 2009-2010 (Based on 2008-2009 data) is part of the report. Wake (AYP Reading HS) is listed along with Charlotte, Durham and Forsyth as an LEA missing at least on AMAO for FIVE consecutive years.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson’s Report

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Harrison

Old Business

New Business

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SUMMARY: JOINT LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

October 13, 2009

Welcome and Introductions

Representative Yongue, Co-Chair: Presiding

Senator Foriest, Co-Chair

Budget/Authorizing Legislation/Reports

Dr. Shirley Iorio, Committee Staff, briefly stated the purpose of the meeting and reviewed the legislation.

Effect of Budget Reductions

Dr. Hope Williams, President, NC Independent Colleges and Universities, opened her presentation by thanking the members of the Committee for their hard work in developing the State budget during the past legislative session and for protecting, as much as possible, the funding to education. The remainder of her presentation was devoted to the issues of financial aid and funding received from various grants.  The Independent Colleges and Universities receive 25-30 percent of their budget from the earnings from endowments, which have also been impacted by the recession. This school year has seen more students than ever before applying for financial aid because of the economic times.  Parents have lost their jobs, students have had difficulty in finding summer employment and student loans are harder to get, making it necessary for them to apply for financial aid.  Dr. Williams also presented an overview of the three major grants that were impacted by the budget reductions: Legislative Grants, Need-Based Grants and the Earn Program. Committee members had questions regarding student enrollment, if any one group of students were affected more than other groups, and what strategies were implemented to decrease the cost to students.

Erskine Bowles, President, The University of North Carolina addressed the issue of the budget reductions of $294 million by presenting an overview of the five point Action Plan for 2009-2010 for the UNC system.  Although the system reduced its administration staff by 23 percent (900 jobs), the impact to the academic core was only a 5 percent reduction. The UNC Tomorrow Action Plan is the result of a lot of hard work and planning and was developed in an effort to protect the academic core of the UNC system. The five areas of the plan are as follows:

1.)    Improve public K-12 education Continue to produce not only more teachers but better teachers by using a longitudinal data study, recruitment, mentoring, and by making changes to the curriculum to align with national and state standards. Also in this area the plan includes a comprehensive academic program review to redesign the program of study for school leaders.

2.)    Increase access to higher education by developing and implementing plans to increase community college transfers, expand distance education, provide more efficient need-based aid programs, and review tuition and enrollment growth plans.

3.)    Transform the institutions of the UNC system to be more efficient and responsive by continuing efforts to be more demand driven, to evaluate campus leadership based on performance goals, eliminate useless regulations, and reduce middle management.  Also, in an effort to be more efficient the system will institute E-procurement, a system-wide affordable student health program with better coverage, and develop a central payroll system.

4.)    Increase focused research and become more actively engaged in economic transformation by taking advantage of stimulus funding, continue efforts of UNC Tomorrow, coordinate efforts with the community colleges in the areas of aviation, bio and green, to revamp tech transfers and to focus on innovation.

5.)    Enhance global competitiveness by setting higher standards of overall performance, set higher admission standards, expand summer programs, improve retention and graduation and institute stronger accountability, better processes and controls, and examine salary, benefits and leave policies. Also, the plan calls for the implementation of a hate crime policy.

Committee members were interested in the longitudinal data study and requested that the results be shared when they were available. Representative Fisher noted the systems work and collaborations with the community colleges and asked if the plan could not be expanded to include high schools starting with Grade 10.  President Bowles also stated that more work was being done in the area of distance learning and that in five years there would be the same number of students taking on-line courses as those students having face-to-face instruction. He also saw this as a good source for additional revenue. In closing, the topic of the performance of board certified teachers, their success, and their impact on student achievement and suggested that the lessons in the board certification process be included in the teacher preparation programs at the universities.

Dr. Scott Ralls, President, NC Community College System, presented an overview of the funding reduction of $1.24 million to the community colleges and outlined some of the strategies the 58 colleges were using to manage the deficit. Some of the strategies included increasing class size, limiting travel, deferring equipment purchases, and eliminating positions.  Twenty-four of the colleges were even turning away students because they did not have the resources to meet the demand. There is also an impact on student services with the reduction in library and computer lab hours, the reduction in tutoring services, a reduction in spring and summer course selection, and longer financial aid processing time. During the months of June, July and August a total of 128,000 applications had been processed for financial aid. This is a 32 percent increase. In 2008-2009, 89,000 students were receiving financial aid from the Pell Grant. In addition to the budget cuts and reversions, the community colleges are also facing unprecedented enrollment growth with 30 percent of the growth occurring in 2008-09.  The estimated Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 enrollment figures equal 190,000 full-time students. Members had concerns regarding the students who had been turned away and the funding mechanism for the community colleges. The discussion included the topics of dual enrollment, the longitudinal data survey, and the amount of stress that has been placed on the community college system.

Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, presented a power point presentation on the impact of the budget reductions to the Department of Public Instruction and public schools.  The cuts affected four major areas: 1) Elimination of Programs ($50.4 million), 2) Permanent support ($34 million), 3) Non-recurring clerical and custodial ($449.8 million), and 4) Recurring LEA adjustments ($225 million). This amounted to approximately a reduction of $435 per student. Examples of how these cuts have affected a district of 50,000 students and one with 100,000 plus students was presented. A school district with 100,000 ADM would have the following personnel reversions: Teachers (181), Teacher Assistants (370), Limited English (15 Teachers, 15 Assistants), CTE (36 Teachers, 19 support), Custodians (54), Maintenance (17), Transportation ($4.3 million). These cuts would result in fewer services, less flexibility to respond to needs, and inability to deliver some services. With these cuts, school transportation will be unable to provide safety and maintenance training and the time to implement the new accountability model aligned to the new curriculum will be jeopardized. In addition, IT hardware costs will run higher to replace older parts and applications will be outdated. A brief overview of the use of the federal Recovery dollars ($47 million) and the requirements were also included in the presentation. The discussion included questions regarding the Recovery dollars, the competitive portion of the funding and the impact the charter school cap would have for obtaining some of this funding. There was also some discussion about the administrative cuts and the clerical and custodial cuts. A copy of this presentation is available upon request from my office.

October 14, 2009

Race to the Top Fund

Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction presented her version of the RTT (Race to the Top), which is an application/proposal to request additional education funds from the USED (United States Education Department). USED has been allotted approximately $4 billion in discretionary funds to distribute to about seven states. The Secretary of Education also has $350 million for new assessments and $650 million for innovation to be distributed. Dr. Atkinson used the analogy of a GPS system in navigating to get students ready for college or career, as her model. The final rules for developing the RTT proposals are not due out until November and the final proposal is due to USED in January 2010, funding and grant approval is scheduled for April 2010. Work has been progressing on various aspects of the proposal with support of $250 thousand in funding, the Gates Foundation provided, to hire the Boston Consulting group to assist in preparing the proposal. There are four areas of reform that are part of the proposal; 1) College and career ready standards and assessments, 2) Teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution of teachers, 3) PreK to higher education data system, 4) Intensive support and effective interventions for lowest performing schools. Dr. Atkinson discussed the four areas of reform, NC strategic approach, LEAs part in the process, evaluation criteria, leadership, potential partners, and supporters of RTT effort.

Dr. Rebecca Garland, Associate State Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, DPI reviewed the status of the Assessment and Accountability (ACRE) work being done at the department and the national standards being incorporated into their work on standards. The last part of the presentation was about the work with the low-performing schools, and turnaround high schools including the Halifax consent order issued by Judge Manning.  She mentioned the new administrator, teacher, and superintendent evaluation instruments and their status as well as how they would ensure effective teachers. Professional development, educator preparation, technology, and research and evaluation were the final areas reviewed.

Adam Levinson, Director, Policy and Strategic Planning, DPI Adam presented the information on the work being done with data systems to meet one of the four areas of reform. He talked about CEDARs, the K-12 data collection system, and another program they are submitting a proposal to the Federal government for additional funds called pK-20 data coordination.

At the end of the 46 slide presentation members seemed exasperated with all the information. Senator Swindell started with a series of questions and issues of concern. It sounded like so many things were being proposed it was hard to tell how any one of these would lead NC to educational reform and how we would determine which one thing was the right path. He noted Community Colleges are turning students away yet we keep pushing Early College, which takes more slots from younger adults for high schools students to participate in these programs. Other questions included how much of the RTT funds will get to students. One member wished them Good Luck. Another wanted to know how NC would get around the charter school cap issue that the federal government is insisting be removed. Another question was asked, what does a diploma mean even if you graduate all students? What will the NC do if it gets the funds? Dr. Atkinson replied accelerate the projects they have discussed (get the plane moving faster). The debate after the long presentation was lengthy with more questions than answers. Some members even appeared confused and frustrated by the information. Senator Foriest finally ended the debate and moved to the next agenda item.

Update on DPI Organization

Dr. William Harrison, Chairman of the State Board of Education Dr. Harrison came to podium and likened his appearance before Education Oversight to being called before the Principal. He indicated he and June are working together since the court case is done and they are moving forward, he as Chairman of the State Board, and she,

Dr. June Atkinson North Carolina State Superintendent, echoed his remarks indicating she is supervising the day-to-day work of the Department and working with Dr. Harrison and the State Board to promote their five goals. She also presented an organization chart for Public Schools of NC. The chart showed dotted lines from the outside organizations to the State Superintendent and the State Board Staff, otherwise all the other reports were solid lines to the State Superintendent. A copy of the organization chart is available upon request from my office.

SUMMARY: JOBS COMMISSION MEETING

(Joining Our Businesses and Schools)

October 12, 2009


Opening Remarks were made by Walter Dalton, Lt. Governor and chair of the Commission.

Background Information –Legislative Research Staff – Dr. Shirley Iorio, Committee Analyst & Kara McCraw provided the background information on the following legislation:

  • Presentation (as background) of the 2003 Innovative Education Initiatives Act This act was established in 2003 to reduce the high school dropout rate, increase high school and college graduation rates, decrease the need for remediation in institutions of higher education and raise certificate, associate, and bachelor degree completion rates. The legislation further directed the Education Cabinet to establish cooperative innovative high schools, to close the achievement gap, create redesigned middle or high schools, provide high school programs that offer accelerated, higher level coursework or early graduation, establish high quality alternative learning programs and establish a virtual high school.
  • Presentation of the JOBS Commission Bill (SL 2009-339) The JOBS (Joining Our Businesses and Schools Commission) was charged with studying issues related to economic development in two ways: 1) Through innovative schools and 2) Through the readiness of a community to deliver the services that equip the workforce to be competitive in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) intensive economy. The Commission will meet in each of the seven economic development regions, make and monitor the recommendations to the State Board of Education and report to the General Assembly prior to the start of the short session.
  • Presentation of Early Colleges included information from an earlier report to Education Oversight on Learn and Earn Early College High School Initiative.  The Learn and Earn early college high school is expected to implement and exhibit a rigorous and far-reaching set of conditions to better prepare students for college and careers, to create a seamless curriculum between high school and college, and to provide work-based learning experiences to students. This presentation included an overview of the legislation, the implementation of the 42 Learn and Earn early college high schools, student enrollment, demographics and End-of Course test results. Presently, there are 70 early college high schools, the most in the nation, while California is second with 38 schools.  Sixty-nine percent of the students in these schools are first generation college-bound, but only 39 percent are categorized as being economically disadvantaged. Data collected from the Learn and Earn Early Colleges is currently being analyzed and will be available next year.

Early College (real life examples)

  • Wake Tech – Teresa Pierre, Principal of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences provided and overview of the program in Wake that is a unique partnership of a K-12 public school system and a major health care provider. This 5-year program provides students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an Associate’s Degree and/or 2 years of university transfer credit in allied health fields. Currently 215 students are enrolled in the program with all students having access to Wake Technical Community College courses as early as their freshman year. To date 652 free college credits have been earned amounting to approximately $60,000 in tuition and fees, over the three year period. WakeMed Health and Hospitals provide career development opportunities such as mentors to assist students in career choices, CPR awareness training, job shadowing sites, and summer internship programs. The Wake Early College of Health and Sciences provides educational and work-based learning opportunities for students who will graduate ready to pursue a career in a health science field.
  • STEM School- The presentation was made by Martynez White and Justin Harmon from the Bertie County STEM High School. The program in Bertie was established in 2007 with approximately 60 students. Mr. White is currently a student at Bertie High School and his presentation included some of his experiences and the opportunities afforded him through this Early College STEM program. Justin remarked that the STEM School helped him develop a better attitude towards his studies and it has been essential in helping him prepare for college. Kezia Lee, Math teacher and Sharon Tann, Guidance Counselor also shared information based on their perspective of working in the program. Members were interested in whether there was any data showing how this collaborative model improves student achievement over traditional instruction, current enrollment, and the cost of the program. Dr. Iorio indicated data is being analyzed by the New Schools Project staff and will be submitted to the Commission at a future meeting. She also addressed questions regarding teacher quality and staffing for the program.

Career-Ready Commission: Superintendent June Atkinson- reported on the work of the Career-Ready Commission. Their work will include raising the graduation rate and having students, college and career ready upon graduation. The Commission will study career academies, early college high schools, STEM schools, NC New School Project and Project Lead the Way in an effort to develop a successful, sustainable model. It will be necessary for business and industry to be involved with the development of the Career Clusters and to align them with future economic development. The Commission has proposed the following three recommendations: 1) change course and shift the educational culture, 2) connect K-12 classrooms to college, careers, and the business community and 3) collaboration for workforce and economic development.

DPI Career Clusters: Felicia Gray- Watson – explained Career Clusters. They are broad groupings of occupations and industries with a common set of knowledge and skills, Pathways, programs of study, and plan of study. There are 16 Career Clusters that have been developed by the USED and various Career and Technical Organizations and Committees. Each Career Cluster will contain 2-7 Pathways for a total of 79 Pathways. The Career Clusters are classified as follows: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, Finance, Government & Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.  A chart showing employment trends in NC by Career Cluster in 2006 and projected to 2016 was provided.  The Health Science Career Cluster indicated 2006 employment at 340,240 and at 449,140 in 2016 an increase of 108,900 while for the same period Manufacturing was shown to have 490,820 in 2006 and 470,140 projected for 2016, a decline of 20,680.  Hospitality and Tourism also indicated a 10-year increase of 105,970 over the 2006 figures. In conclusion, a brief overview of the new North Carolina Careers (Career Clusters Guide) was presented together with a list of websites pertaining to Career Cluster information.

NC Chamber: Lew Ebert, President – In traveling throughout the State, Mr. Ebert reports business leaders are noticeably paying more attention to three major issues: 1) In 5-7 years there will be a shortage of skilled workers in the NC workforce, 2) There is a need to increase the graduation rate and 3) There is very strong job competition throughout NC. Each of the seven economic regions in the state may require different skill sets based on the diversity of businesses locating in these communities.  Students will be required to learn new skills, such as in the area of manufacturing. Although NC is still a large manufacturing state, the manufacturing workforce is now highly skilled and more technical with higher paying salaries. Students will not only be required to have a basic education, but they will be required to be life-long learners and have the ability to work and collaborate with others across the nation and in the global market. It is essential that we develop a strong economic growth plan for the future.

North Carolina’s Eastern Region: John Chaffee, President & CEO presented an overview and history on the development of the seven economic regions in the state.  The group was founded in February 1997, the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development (NCPED), a 501 (c)(3) corporation. They believe innovation-based economic development principles should apply regionally and that this offers the ideal strategy for bringing new jobs and global investment to North Carolina. The organization is comprised of the state’s seven regional economic development partnerships: The seven regions are classified as Advantage West (23 counties), Charlotte (12 counties), NC Eastern (13 counties), NC Northeast (16 counties), NC Southeast (11 counties), Piedmont Triad (12 counties) and RTP (13 counties). Each region is unique with different needs and the one size fits all is NOT an option. The North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development is working together with the NC Department of Commerce to create a stronger job market and provide regional flexibility in building a stronger economy.

North Carolina Community College System: Dr. Scott Ralls spoke about his involvement with the Early Colleges in Craven County. He emphasized the importance of the 3 R’s: rigor, relevance and relationship, of which, he indicated he thought relationship was the most important.  The key to student success was stated simply as: someone having a vested interest, support from the community and guidance and goals beyond high school. Dr. Ralls spoke briefly about the Early College Initiative.

SUMMARY JOBS COMMISSION ORIENTATION MEETING AGENDA

(Joining Our Businesses and Schools)

October 13, 2009

NC Stem Advisory Panel- Mr. Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC addressed the Commission and talked about the number of students (60 percent) who need remediation when they enroll in college. Sixty percent of jobs require technical degrees. Education must be relevant for students and this requires a fundamental change in the way we educate our children. There were three communities chosen to participate in initial STEM partnerships. They are Davie County region, BRAC region (11 counties including Cumberland) and Lenior County. There are four remaining regions left in the State to be addressed. The key is engagement in these areas with the community to develop solutions. The community must find resources to build the partnership.  Whatever plan is designed for these partnerships must be agreed upon, have accountability measures, and be sustainable. Mr. Freddoso is very connected with the program and its efforts and excited about the community participation. He gave examples of how life has changed with respect to adapting to new technologies and used the radio, which he said took 38 years for people to adopt, yet in stark contrast it only took 2 years for people to engage in Facebook technology. The workforce must be prepared for the ever and fast changing regional economies in NC. It’s going to take planning to be prepared to meet the challenges facing our students coming out of high school and college, in becoming 21st century employees. He praised the efforts of the Governor and others in moving ahead in technology innovation and connectivity and talked about the fast growing on-line classes being taken by students, today.

Karl Rectanus, Director NC STEM Community Collaborative provided a series of recommendations for the JOBS Commission to consider including; statewide policy for scaling education innovation, models, investment and economic development opportunity, incubation zones for education innovation, networking of communities, schools and businesses.

North Carolina New Schools Project (NCNSP): Dr. Tony Habit reviewed the project and presented information about NCNSP efforts in the state and showed the members where the early colleges and redesigned high schools are located in NC. He talked about how difficult change and transformation are in many communities. The results of these schools show more students are staying in school, more 9th graders are being promoted, student achievement on state tests has increased, and teachers are more positive about the innovative schools and their success with students. He reviewed the different types of programs, STEM (science technology engineering and math), Health and Life Sciences, biotechnology and redesigned schools (including Learning Laboratories. There are still challenges going forward. They include; 1) strong resistance to change, 2) lack of urgency for higher standards aligned with new workforce requirements, 3) essential requirement for sustained, high quality and school embedded professional development and 4) the need for a transformational approach to the education pipeline in NC. In 2008-2009 there were 9,968 students enrolled in early college. The performance composite of the students for high and expected growth was 85.7 percent.

Next Meeting:  The Commission will meet at least once in each of the seven regions.  The November meeting is scheduled for Williamston, NC with a tentative date of November 18.

Summary of October State Board of Education Agenda

September 30-October 1, 2009

The following State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, September 30: Globally Competitive Students and Healthy, Responsible Students Committee (10:00 AM). Also, the 21st Century Professionals Committee and the Leadership for Innovation Committee met in the afternoon session. On Thursday, October 1, the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee met  prior to the State Board of Education meeting scheduled for 9:30 AM. Access to the Executive Summaries and back up documents are on the SBE website at:

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/stateboard/meetings/2009/10

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Globally Competitive Students (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion

Action

  • GCS 1 Honors Course Policy Revisions Approved the changes to policy GCS-L-004 outlining standards and the formal review process for all courses eligible for honors weight.

Committee Meeting: No changes were made to this item, no further discussion.

·      GCS 2 High School Courses Taken in the Middle School: Considerations for English I Approved the expansion of the existing policy to include English I. DPI staff shared 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.

Committee Meeting: A lengthy discussion was held on this item again. Although several members of the Board spoke in support of giving students the opportunity to take English I in middle school stating, it was not a mandate but only an option, several other members expressed their concerns. Dr. Hope Williams, representing the Independent Colleges and Universities, addressed the issue stating the Deans of Admissions had concerns that students entering the Community colleges or University systems, who had taken English I in middle school, would not have taken an English course in their senior year of high school. They indicated the importance of having a Writing and Grammar course of some type in their senior year in preparation for entrance to college. Even though most school systems require four years of English in high school, it was suggested the policy should contain the same language as the policy written for Mathematics. Dr. Greene also expressed concerns citing several statements from recent articles regarding the growing concern with the increased number of students requiring remedial English instruction upon entering Community college. Dr. Harrison spoke in support of proposal and indicated a letter would be attached to the policy stating it was not a mandate and would include the suggestion of Dr. Atkinson to include course composition and writing requirements. Dr. Hoke also supported the proposal and indicated this would move us toward our 21st Century goals and would allow students to be more competitive.

  • GCS 3 Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Evaluation Policy Approved the reauthorization of ESEA that 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. New language has been added to this policy in connection with the evaluation process and the removal list of provider’s 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. NCDPI will assign each provider the status of good standing or probationary status pursuant to subpart (d). 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. A removal decision is subject to review pursuant to Chapter 150 B of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Committee Meeting: A brief overview of the policy changes was presented.  The department’s legal staff reviewed the policy and the items in blue are technical changes.  The following evaluation criteria was also added to the policy: Student achievement shall be measured by calculating an “effect size” based upon the assessment results attained by students in the same provider’s program. The “effect size” is the magnitude of the outcome of interest represented in standard deviation units. The calculation of effect size is based on the student-level variation in the response variable for students in the control group. Other minor changes were made in order to comply with the APA process.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 4 2009 Textbook Adoption and Textbook Commission Report Approved the report. Dr. Diane Frost, Chairperson of the North Carolina Textbook Commission presented a list of recommendations for textbooks to be adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  The recommendations for the 2009 adoption of instructional materials are for the following curriculum areas: Mathematics Education 6-12, Second Language Education 6-12, English Language Development (ESL) K-12 and Agricultural Education 7-12.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Frost presented a brief overview of the textbook evaluation process and commended the members of the Commission for the quality of the process and thanked them for their hard work. Of the 23 publishers submitting applications, 22 were recommended by the Commission. The one publisher not recommended applied for reconsideration, but after another review by the Commission they still were not recommended. The Textbook Commission will not meet in 2010 due to the textbook funding restraints in the State Budget.

  • GCS 5 Compliance Commission Recommendations for Field Testing and Special Studies Appeals for the 2009-10 School Year Approved the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding appeals from LEAs to be excluded from specific field tests. Appeals came from four schools in Beaufort County and the Commission recommends the SBE deny all four appeals.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio noted that members of the Commission, on the September 17 conference call, agreed to deny the request submitted by Beaufort County.  Mr. Howell was recused from the discussion and vote on this item.

Discussion

  • GCS 6 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The Board discussed the draft proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness.

Committee Meeting: The purpose of this discussion was to seek guidance from the Board on how to proceed with a new accountability model as far as what components might be in the new model and how the components should be defined. Some of the components suggested by the Department are listed above and Dr. Fabrizio posed questions on how they could be incorporated in the new model. The object of the new accountability model is to evaluate student performance, project post-secondary readiness and provide interventions when necessary. The new model will also show LEA accountability. The draft chart indicates EVAAS would be a component to provide value-added measures for teachers, schools and districts. EVAAS may play a major role in this project and Dr. June Rivers and Dr. Bill Sanders have been invited to the next meeting to provide a detailed report on the expectations of EVAAS. Dr. Sanders has indicated they are already working on projections for every student in North Carolina for their readiness for college including projections for course selection and career choices. This item will be on the agenda for the next several months before a final model is recommended. Documents are available upon request from my office.

Healthy, Responsible Students Committee

Discussion

  • HRS 1 Revision to HRS-A-000 and Definitions of Reportable Acts The SBE planned to discuss the proposed revisions to HRS-A-000. The policy has been revised to clarify and further define incidents/acts required by law to be reported to Law Enforcement and to the State Board of Education by the principal. The reporting requirement applies to acts committed by students, staff and non-students as long as the act occurs on school property. The major changes recommended are to incorporate the definitions within the policy and to change the conditions under which three of the acts are to be reported to law enforcement. Language was added to allow self-reporting of a criminal act by an employee and prohibits retaliation against an employee who reports an incident. The policy lists the following incidents to be reported to law enforcement: 1) Assault involving the use of a weapon, 2) Assault resulting in serious personal injury, 3) Kidnapping, 4) Possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law, 5) Possession of a firearm or powerful explosive, 6) Possession of a weapon, 7) Rape, 8 ) Sexual Assault, 9) Sexual Offense, 10) Taking indecent liberties with a minor. Other incidents required by SBE to be reported to law enforcement with principals discretion as noted in the definitions in the policy: 1) Assault on school officials, employees, and volunteers, 2) Death by other than natural causes 3) Robbery, 4) Robbery with a dangerous weapon, 5) Unlawful, underage sales, purchase, provision, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, 6) Making bomb threats or engaging in bomb hoaxes, 7) Willfully burning a school building. Other minor language changes were adjusted in the policy.

Committee Meeting: A newer revised copy of the policy was made available just before the meeting was started. The revised policy prepared by Katie Cornetto and Laura Crumpler made changes to the second section which was now titled “Other Incidents/Acts Required by the State Board of Education to be reported to the State Board of Education.” The section deleted the language “reports made to law enforcement at the principal’s discretion” and required only reporting to SBE. The reporting requirements in this section are listed above with 7 incidents included. The policy was an effort by DPI staff and the education groups to address a legislative issue that arose during the 2009 Session. In lieu of passing yet another State law legislators requested resolution by DPI and the education groups. Many meetings were held and proposals were made before the final draft policy was prepared for discussion by the Board. Board members reviewed the new changes to the new policy and were in agreement that the reportable offenses to the State Board should also be reported to law enforcement and wanted the strikethrough changed in the revised policy. There was some confusion over why the policy was being revised, and the education groups not having seen the newer version, were not able to clearly review all the changes. This portion of the policy would be subject to the APA process if approved by the Board.  Board members decided the revised policy, was still too confusing and requested staff revisit the issue and return next month with further recommendations to be discussed.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Proposed Standards for the Evaluation of School Psychologists Approved the proposed standards for the evaluation of school psychologists (aligned with the new teacher standards) and the job description be used as a professional standards support document. Upon SBE approval, work on the development and validation of a new evaluation instrument will begin.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion was held on this item.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 2 2009 IHE Performance Report Approved the IHE Performance Report on graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs to forward to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. A copy of this report is available upon request.

Committee Meeting: The item was to be discussed in Closed Session and distributed at the meeting on Thursday. Kathy Sullivan noted that there was a 54 percent increase in the number of students participating in the lateral entry teaching programs. All of the institutions exceeded the 70 percent pass rate on Praxis II requirements. All school administration programs also exceeded the 70 percent pass rate on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.  There was a low response rate on the survey results for individual institutions. All institutions except Gardner–Webb and Montreat College were determined to exhibit direct and ongoing involvement with the public schools.

  • TCP 3 Final Decision in Contested Cases: Approved the decision of the Administrative Judge. The State Board shall issue a Final Agency Decision in each of the contested cases. Closed Session Item.

-John R. Hall vs. SBE  John R. Hall filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of his request for salary credit for non-teaching work experience. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s actions.

-Kenneth H. Leftwich vs. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kenneth H. Leftwich filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s revocation of Petitioner’s teaching license. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

New Business

–    District and School Transformation Update – Low Performing High Schools Dr. Ashley    indicated the highlights of the report would be presented to the full Board on Thursday. The entire report can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/stateboard/meetings/2009/10/gcs/10gcs.pdf

The report is part of the Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program report to be presented to the Joint Legislation Education Oversight Committee. There are a total of 121 NC schools below 50 percent Performance Composite of which 65 are Elementary, 21 are Middle, and 35 are High Schools. Most of the elementary schools were not being served because they were showing growth even though their performance composite was below 50 percent and therefore not considered low performing. Presently, 17 high schools (identified between prior to 2005) are being directly served. Most of the schools that are identified below 50 percent in students performing at grade level are also in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in performance. Many of these middle and high schools are being served, but the problem is primarily with the elementary schools in providing services. The legislature provided an additional 2 million plus funding and personnel will be hired to begin to assist some of the other schools. In 2007-2009 there were 17 High Schools with a Performance Composite below 60 percent. In Wake County, Longview reported a Performance Composite for 2008-2009 of 18.9 percent.

–                NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update Dr. Setser presented an overview and power point presentation on the effective use of Twitter as an educational tool for districts, teachers, and students.  He presented some examples of how districts were using Twitter for staff development, for instant communication with administrators and staff and how teachers were communicating with teachers in other countries for educational real time experiences and instructional ideas and students, of course, have been successfully tweeting for sometime now.  Due to technical difficulties the portion of his presentation relating to real time classroom instruction was unavailable.

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4:30 – 6:00 PM There was a meeting of the Charter School Ad Hoc Committee after the State Board Committee meetings on Wednesday.

  • Opening Remarks The Governor’s Charge for the Committee is to look at the application process, identify any problems, suggest changes, review the non-renewal process and suggest changes, discuss ways to increase diversity in charter school student population, define the role of the Office of Charter Schools and revisit the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations.
  • Review of Charter School Statutes Laura Crumpler gave an overview of the current charter school law and the role of the SBE as the chartering entity. Her presentation included the requirements for charter schools that exist in the charter, and the application process. Katie Cornetto presented an overview of State Board of Education policies specifically referencing policies regarding increased enrollment, charter school renewal and the alternative charter school policy. Board member Taft asked if any of these policies had been changed since the Blue Ribbon Commission. Ms. Cornetto did not know of any changes. However Mr. Moyer responded that the criminal history check and the financial and governance noncompliance policies had recently been changed. Ms. Taft then asked about two conflicting policies dealing with low-performing charter schools. Dr. Harrison asked what was being done and she said they could be fixed. It was apparent staff was not prepared to respond to the issues, raised by the members, at this time.
  • Operations of the Office of Charter Schools Mr. Moyer spoke about some of the functions of the Office of Charter Schools including the following: providing technical assistance, support and site visit consultation to charters, assist applicants that have received preliminary charter approval, and implement SBE charter school renewal process and oversee annual enrollment increases and grade expansion. In addition, the Office reviews school governance, provides school improvement assistance and training for the Board of Directors and Administrators, oversee criminal history/fingerprinting checks and organizes the annual Charter School Conference.
  • Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools Dr. Fedewa (Chairman of the Commission) reviewed the 11 recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission. Dr. Harrison said he agreed with most of the recommendations, but he unequivocally stated he was not interested in pursuing an increase in the cap until many of the current problems are fixed. Ms. Taft reminded Chairman Harrison the SBE has had a long-standing position that the cap should be increased with certain qualifications (i.e increased Department funding for oversight).
  • Next Steps Another meeting will be scheduled in 3-4 weeks.

Committee Members: Bill Harrison, Co-Chair, Melissa Bartlett, Co-Chair, Kathy Taft, Tom Speed, and Reginald Kenan

Thursday, October 1, 2009 (8:00 AM)

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants Approved the grant.

– Learn and Serve America Program – The purpose of the Learn and Serve America Program is to establish service learning programs for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved with their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. The total amount of the federal Learn and Serve America grant awarded to North Carolina for 2009-2010 is $468,346. Twenty counties have applied for grants totaling $275,500. Wake County was not included in the list of applicants.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

Discussion

  • TCS 2 Establish Front-end Funding for Governor’s School This item was pulled from the Agenda. The Governor’s School’s appropriations for FY 2009-2010 covers program costs for the summer of 2009 programs. Due to budget reductions there was no unexpended/carryover balance to cover start-up preparations costs for the summer of 2010. To ensure there is funding for the 2010 summer programs a proposal for a one-time non-recurring reduction to the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Student allotment is requested in the amount of approximately $80,500. The proposal is to reduce the AIG student allotment for all 115 LEAs by $700 to create the start-up pool. Allotments range from $28,171 in Tyrrell County to $6,629,538 in Wake.

Contract Update

Contracts over $25,000 – 10 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 –  5 Proposals

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:30 AM) Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order,

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Minutes

Report on the North Carolina e-Learning Commission

– Lt. Governor Walter Dalton gave an overview of his work as Chairman of the E-Learning Commission using a power point presentation. He noted all 115 LEAs are connected though not all schools yet. They are working on a website, which will be inclusive of programs, partnerships and other educational opportunities. The Governor will make an announcement in the next eight weeks.

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

-ACRE Report – Ms. Angela Quick’s report included an update of the Essential Standards Revision and the Assessment and Accountability (ACRE). Phase I of the Essential Standards was approved in September 2009 with the exception of Science. Revisions and alignment for Science will be presented to the Board in December 2009. Phase II which includes K-12 Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Arts Education, Second Languages and English K-9 and 11-12 will meet twice a month, content teams meet with Dr. Lorin Anderson, calendar work and key benchmarks have been developed through March 2010 and an Instructional Toolkit meeting was conducted across the K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division, previously. The Assessment and Accountability side of the ACRE project has undergone a reorganization to complete the next phase of the work and will be effective October 2009. She closed with a visual of an acre of land and proceeded to put a series of different trees on the land giving each of them a project name. She noted the tress were a result of or being driven by the ACRE program.

-District and School Transformation Report – Dr. Pat Ashley’s information is included above under new business.

-CEDARS Report – Mr. Adam Levinson reviewed the CEDARs project, which stands for Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System. The Department received a federal grant of $6 million and promised 6 deliverables as part of the grant. They include the following: 1) Unique student identifier, 2) Unique staff identifier, 3) Longitudinal data store, 4) Analysis and reporting tools, 5) EDEN/EDFacts Reporting (automate federal reporting), 6) Transcript. Mr. Levinson reviewed the progress and timelines for completion of these deliverables. The completion of the first two items in October has been delayed as a result of a problem with Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Wake County. They had hope to have these items resolved by October 30 to stay on schedule. It appears as though the problems with Wake and Charlotte involve NC WISE. Peter Asmar has the information on the delay, but he did not address the Board. The other deadlines for the items are 7-2010, 2-2010 and 7-2010.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 7 American Diploma Project (SDP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2009 and Discussion for 2009-10 The SBE members provided input regarding North Carolina’s continued involvement in the American Diploma Project. Staff shared information on the status of this initiative. North Carolina is one of 13 states participating in this project with 17 LEAs submitting Algebra II test results for 2,551 students. North Carolina students obtained the highest average scale score compared to other Consortium states.

Board Meeting: Thirty-five states are participating in the ADP project. Seventeen LEAs with 26 schools and 2500 students participated in NC this year. NC had the highest scale scores of the states, but the standards are set very high and only a small percentage of the NC students were deemed prepared to be successful as a result of their test scores. Achieve has issued a report on the findings from last year’s test.

Leadership for Innovation

  • LFI 1 Formative Evaluation Report North Carolina Virtual Public School, Spring 2009 NCVPS has experienced some notable improvements from its inaugural year of operations. More teachers reported their students were learning more online compared to face-to-face instruction, the course content and assignments were sufficiently rigorous, clear and helpful and addressed students’ different levels of understanding, while students agreed that their courses were teaching them learning and innovation skills, developing their technology literacy and developing their information literacy. The biggest barrier to using NCVPS courses was a lack of self-directedness in young learners and that technical problems did affect student experiences with NCVPS. Credit recovery students were more likely to agree that the lack of technical expertise was a barrier than AP students, while AP students were more likely to have access to a computer away from school. The report also includes data on the quality of the courses, teachers and advisors.

Board Meeting: Dr. Brian Setser introduced Kevin Brady, from the Friday Institute, to review the results of the second year evaluation of NCVPS. He went over many of the items listed above that are included in the report link. Of note was the concern that the response rate from principals on the survey was very low. Though there were questions on why elementary principals would take the time to fill out the survey if they were not participating in the program. There has also been a lack of support from some areas and some principals on NCVPS which could have resulted in the low response rate. One of the problems identified in the report was the lack of distance learning coordinators in the schools and LEAs. Also technical problems proved to be a barrier for 41 percent of students and 52 percent of teachers. Credit recovery students were noted to be having issues, as well. Enrollment this Fall has reached 15,630, an increase of 54 percent.  Spring 2010 enrollment is anticipated to exceed 20,000. Overall 56,000 students have taken courses since 2007.

Click on the link to access the report.

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/stateboard/meetings/2009/10/lfi/10lfi.pdf

Consent Agenda (New: This month marks the first time this Board has used the Consent Agenda feature. The Consent Agenda items will be handled as one group, with one motion from a Board member, at the Thursday morning session. As a general rule, Consent items can include: Approval of the minutes, final approval of proposals or reports that the Board has been dealing with for some time and all members are familiar with the implications; routine matters such as appointments to committees, staff appointments requiring Board confirmation, reports provided for information only, or correspondence requiring no action).

Globally Competitive Students All GCS items were Approved by Consent.

  • GCS 8 Changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Results SBE approved the changes to the 2008-2009 ABCs/AYP Report. Changes in the AYP reports for eight schools in eight counties occurred. Ten schools in eight counties reported changes in the ABCs. No changes were reported for Wake.

Board Meeting: Counties included in AYP changes are: Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Davidson, Iredell, Onslow, Robeson and Hyde. The counties with ABC changes include: Bladen Cabarrus, Currituck, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Onslow, Asheboro and Yadkin

  • GCS 9 Recommended Final Academic Achievement Standards (Cut Scores) and Achievement Level Descriptors for the NCEXTEND 1 Alternate Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8 and 10; Mathematics Grades 3-8 and 10; Science Grads 5, 8, and 10; and Writing Grade 10 The SBE approved the amendments to GCS-C-029 and the final academic achievement standards and achievement level descriptors of the NCEXTEND 1 alternate assessments (Edition 2) in the areas of Reading grades 3-8 and 10, Mathematics grades 3-8 and 10, Science grades 5, 8 and 10 and Writing grade 10. The policy is amended to reflect 1) the elimination of the Writing Assessment for Grades 4 and 7 effective 2008-09 and 2) the elimination of the Grade 3 Pretest in Reading and Mathematics effective 2009-2010.

Click on the link to access the document (starting on page 229):

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/stateboard/meetings/2009/10/gcs/10gcs.pdf

  • GCS 10 Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program The SBE approved the report. General Statute requires the SBE to submit a report to the JLEOC by October 15 on the continued implementation of the ABCs Plan. Information in the report includes an update of the thirteenth year of the ABCs results for schools, report on the statewide system of support, AYP results as required by NCLB, and schools identified as low-performing. The report also contains information as required in Section 7.6(b) of SL2006-66 which granted the SBE authority to use funds appropriated to the State Public School Fund for the Consolidated Assistance Program in support of the ongoing implementation of the ABCs.

Click on the link to access the entire report (starting at page 95):

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/stateboard/meetings/2009/10/gcs/10gcs.pdf

  • GCS 11 Changes to SBE Policies Resulting from Actions of the NC General Assembly and US Department of Education The SBE should approve the amendments to, or deletion, as appropriate to the 18 policies as requested. Approval of the changes to APA policies will initiate the APA process. Effective with the 2009-10 school year, SB 202/SL 2009-451 eliminated funding for most state administered tests that are not currently required by federal law or as a condition of federal grants. The tests include Computer Skills, Chemistry EOC, Physics EOC, Reading and Mathematics Competency and Grade 3 Reading and Mathematics Pretests.

Click on the link to access the document (starting at page 229):

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/stateboard/meetings/2009/10/gcs/10gcs.pdf

Healthy, Responsible Students

  • HRS 2 Care for School Children with Diabetes – Additional Requirements Approved by Consent The adoption of additional requirements to meet the full guidelines for the care of school children with diabetes changed in SB 738. The legislation requires boards of directors of charter schools to implement the guidelines adopted by the SBE for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans and requires local boards of education and boards of directors of charter schools to report annually to the SBE about their compliance with these guidelines. Funding in the amount of $50,000 has been awarded from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of NC for training of charter school personnel as well as LEA personnel regarding the development and implementation of diabetes care plans. 2009 training sessions are scheduled for October 9, October 20 and November 2. Documents included are Parental Request for Individual Diabetes Care Plan, Parent/Guardian Responsibilities for Diabetes Care Plan, Diabetes Care Plan Information Form, Quick Reference Plan for Student with Diabetes Form, School Responsibilities Diabetes Care Plan. Responsibilities of each school serving children with diabetes are: 1) Implementation of the Individual Diabetes Care Plan, 2) General and Intensive training, 3) Knowledge of student’s snack and meal schedule, 4) Provide immediate access to diabetes supplies, 5) Provide appropriate location for necessary procedures in self-care and management, 6) Permit students to seek medical help, eat a snack and access water, test blood sugar levels, 7) Miss school without consequences and 8 ) Use the restroom when necessary.

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 4 Annual Report on the Reasons Teachers Leave (Teacher Turnover Report) Approved by Consent the report. 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.

21st Century Systems

TCS 3 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests (weather-related) Approved by Consent the various waiver requests allowing LEAs to vary from the August 25th beginning and June 10th ending dates. Eight counties have requested weather-related waivers based on the eligibility criteria of more than 8 missed instruction days in 4 of the last 10 years. The counties requesting waivers are: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey. All requests are for an earlier beginning date, August 2 to August 19.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson’s Report included an update on the State Superintendent’s Career-Ready Commission meeting. Commission members will finalize their recommendations at the next meeting on October 28. Forestville Road Elementary School in Knightdale represented NC in the category of Closing the Gap at the Title I Distinguished School Conference. A brief overview of the Superintendents’ Quarterly Meeting and New Superintendent’s Orientation was also presented. There are twenty-three new superintendents in the state with most coming from out-of-state.

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Harrison concluded his remarks with a brief overview of his future work with the Charter School Ad Hoc Committee meeting. The Committee plans to review Charter School policies, statutes and budget and then make recommendations. Specifically, he noted they would streamline the renewal process, correct discrepancies in policies and clarify the budget requirements.  They plan to assess innovations in the charter schools will be part of the discussion.

Old Business

New Business Board member Tate asked the Chairman about a Corporal Punishment Resolution that he had apparently asked the Board to consider discussing/passing. The Chairman said the resolution was shared with Board members, but they would not be addressing it today. It was unclear what the resolution said, but it was clear that though Board member Tate was pressing Chairman Harrison was not moving forward on it Thursday.

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