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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