Preview of January State Board of Education Agenda

January 6 and 7, 2010

All of the State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, January 6: Globally Competitive Students, the 21st Century Professionals Committee, the Leadership for Innovation Committee, and the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, January 7, the State Board of Education will meet at 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to NC’s NCLB Consolidated Application Accountability Workbook The State Board is requested to approve the amendments to the NC Accountability Workbook pending USED approval. The changes include: 1) First retest results on end-of-course assessments in the calculations of ABC s Performance Composites and for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) where appropriate, 2) References to “Intermediate High” on the state’s English language proficiency test changed to Level 4.0 expanding on the state’s English language placement test, 3) North Carolina’s checklist of Academic Standards (NCCLAS) removed from the testing program per decision of the USED and the peer review process, 4) Cohort Graduation Rate improvement indicators will be adjusted. The State Board has already agreed to a 5-year cohort graduation rate, but they need to provide additional information to USED prior to adoption of this change. The graduation rate language in the workbook is as follows: Progress will be defined as at least TBD ( to be determined) percentage point increase from one year to the next (up to a threshold of TBD) for the 4-year cohort graduation rate or at least TBD percentage point increase from one year to the next (up to a threshold of TBD) for the 5-year cohort graduation rate. The following changes listed above are incorporated into the accountability workbook, which is available: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/01/gcs/01gcs.pdf.
  • GCS 2 2009-2010 Title III Addendum to the NCLB Consolidated State Plan The State Board is recommended to approve the Title III addendum to the NCLB Consolidated State Plan. NC is required to submit revisions to their assessment and accountability systems based on final interpretations of Title III rules sent to Chief State School Officers in late October this year. Final amendments affecting Title III assessment are due no later than January 15, 2010. The addendum contains changes to the workbook in the following areas: Performance Goal #2, Standards, Assessments and Accountability by identifying the languages in the population and administering assessments, State Board adoption of WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Standards, status of the State’s efforts to establish standards and annual measurable objectives in developing English proficiency, Limited English Proficiency Program Activities for parent involvement, and Information on how the State will hold LEAs accountable for meeting annual measurable objectives for limited English proficient children. The English Language Proficiency targets for students making progress in at least one subtest (reading, writing, speaking or listening) are listed at 70 for 2009-2010. The addendum does not contain a percentage target for the number of limited English proficient students for the 2009-2010 year (the chart says TBD).

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/01/gcs/01gcs.pdf

Discussion

  • GCS 3 K-12 Science Essential Standards The State Board will discuss the essential standards for K-12 Science as presented by staff.  They will be presented by content area and grade level with clarifying objectives. The Science Essential Standards may be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards The presentation in January will include changes to Version 3.0, in what will be called Version 4.0. Version 4.0 will be posted in January, but is not in the SBE book for January nor on the website. Copies may be available when the Board meets next week and will be posted after the Board meeting.

December Committee Meeting: Dr. Cindy Williams presented an overview of the new standards and outlined some of the concepts developed for the PreK-12 curriculum that they have worked on over the past eighteen months. She talked about the input from the field in developing the standards. There were three main areas of concern from the stakeholders; Inquiry, Rigor, and Content Placement. Beverly Vance addressed each of these areas. She also told members they are moving Physical Science down into the lower grades as part of the new standards.

  • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The Board continues to discuss the new accountability model. 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. A worksheet enumerates several issues for consideration: Exploration and planning for other widely used assessments, 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 that 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 set 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? This item will be before the State Board for discussion through April 2010 with Action to be taken in May 2010.  Emerging Point; Consensus from October meeting included the use of assessments like ACT/SAT WorkKeys and Accuplacer for measuring postsecondary readiness.  There were no other points of consensus. Some of the issues to be discussed this month include: Review existing tests and determine if they are the right tests, Longitudinal growth model, Value-added models (EVAAS) Graduation Rate (5-year cohort), Future-Ready Core Participation, Postsecondary Readiness, Consequences (classification of schools), Incentives. Other questions to be answered include: Will we continue gateways? Do we need to develop a model that can make a single “up or down” decision? How should we balance the components of the model, primarily in high schools? Are there other components in the model to be added (i.e. attendance etc.)? What set of additional incentives could be put in place to support school improvement and student achievement? Extra points may be given for increasing the number of Level IV students?

New Business:

  • Update on Writing Instructional System
  • Impact of Student Mobility on Student Achievement in Urban Areas

Healthy Responsible Students Committee

New Business:

  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force Recommendations Involving Education Entities
  • 21st Century Professionals Committee (12:45 PM)
  • Action and Discussion Agenda:

Action:

  • TCP 1 Mentor Standards and Training The State Board is requested to approve the Revised Standards for Mentor Programs, Revised Standards for Mentors, and a System of Accountability and Support to enhance induction quality for beginning teachers in NC.  A Mentor Task Force has been meeting and recommends these new standards and training for mentors. They will present 4 recommendations: 1) Revise Standards for Beginning Teacher Support Programs, 2) Develop Standards for Mentors that clearly articulate How they can assist Beginning Teachers in Meeting North Carolina’s Professional Teaching Standards, 3) Revise Mentor Program Accountability and Support Policies to include a Five-Year Formula Review and an Annual Peer Review Process, 4) Create and Coordinate Mentor Support Opportunities to ensure all LEAs and mentors are prepared to provide high quality support to all beginning teachers in North Carolina.

December Committee Meeting: Eric Hirsch presented on the work of his task force in developing the new standards. There was no indication of where the funds would come from to implement these new teacher mentor standards. The state budget had a $2 million cut from the teacher mentor program this year, which was already short of funding.

  • TCP 2 Accrual CEUs for Retired Teachers The State Board is asked to approve the CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits to be given to retired teachers who have reached their maximum earning capacity as defined by the North Carolina Retirement System.  In an effort to improve conditions for retired teachers and encourage them to stay or go back into the classroom they will be able to earn 1 CEU credit for the year they taught or were employed as a retiree. The language is as follows: “When a retired teacher returns to active teaching or employment in North Carolina public schools and works up to his or her maximum earning capacity as defined by the North Carolina Retirement System for that school year, he or she will be granted 1 CEU of renewal credit for that year’s service.
  • TCP 3 Adding Teaching Areas Based on 24 Semester Hours of Coursework The State Board is asked to approve a policy that allows teachers to apply to the DPI Licensure Section to add teaching areas to their license upon completion of 24 semester hours of coursework earning a C or better in the subject area(s). This is providing a pathway for Exceptional Children’s teachers to gain licensure in the content areas where they may be teaching.

Action on First Reading:

  • TCP 4 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements The State Board will hear recommendations from the appeals panel reviewing requests for exceptions from the teacher licensing requirements, in closed session.
  • TCP 5 Final Decision in Contested Cases:
    • Sandra P. Chesser v. State Board of Education
    • Frederick P. Moore v. State Board of Education, Dept of Public Instruction

The administrative law judge upheld the agency’s action with respect to each of the above contested cases. The State Board is requested to issue a final decision in each of the above cases.

Discussion:

  • TCP 6 Crediting Experience for NCVPS Teachers Currently Ineligible for Experience Credit The State Board will discuss a policy change allowing teachers who teach in the virtual school program to earn teaching experience credit for their work. The new language is being added to SBE policy, TCP-A-006 to specify how experience credit is earned for NCVPS teachers who are not now eligible for such credit. Both NCVPS teachers and college teachers must teacher a minimum of six semester hours per term or semester to qualify for half-time credit and a minimum of twelve semester hours per term semester for full-time experience credit. The policy changes will be presented for Action in January and become effective with Board approval.
  • TCP 7 Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching The State Board will discuss the recommendations of DPI staff to the legislative request in the 2009 budget, to review lateral entry policy and remove barriers to lateral entry. The DPI team is recommending that the pedagogy coursework be modified to align with the new Professional Teaching Standards, thereby reducing the current required pedagogy course work from nine courses to five courses. The five courses are listed: 1) Planning, 2) Diverse Learners, 3) Instructional Methods, 4) Classroom Management, 5) Ability to Impact Student Learning. In addition to these changes the DPI team recommends that DPI contract with an online vendor to create online courses for the Planning course, Meeting Special Learning needs; Exceptionalities; Diversity course and Instructional Methods course to offer lateral entry teachers more options. The classroom management/organizing the classroom to maximize learning requirement and the ability to Impact Student Learning would be signed off on by the respective LEAs. The proposal will be back for Action in February. It will become effective for lateral entry teachers hired beginning with 2010-2011 school year.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action on First Reading:

  • LFI 1 Enrollment Increase Requests Above 10% and Charter School Grade Expansion The State Board is recommended to approve requests for charter school grade and enrollment expansions. If a charter school wants to increase its enrollment more than 10 percent or change their grade span, they must request approval from the State Board. Franklin Academy in Wake County has requested an enrollment increase of 254 students (1625-total). Their current maximum enrollment is 1333. The staff is recommending approval of their request. Casa Esperanza in Wake County is requesting to increase their grades from K-6 to K-8 and staff is recommending approval. There are nine other schools requesting enrollment or grade expansion from other counties including Durham and Johnston. Staff is recommending approval of the 11 charter school requests.

Discussion:

  • LFI 2 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2010 The State Board will discuss renewal of charter school charters for two schools. The following schools are requesting renewal of their charters; Cape Lookout Marine Science High School and The Academy of Moore County. The Office of Charter Schools provided Cape Lookout Marine Academy with a two-year renewal due to their low performance composite. Presently the school is out-of-compliance with their mission, which was marine science. They are serving low-performing students like an alternative school. In addition, they are continuously losing students (425-over the last five years-averaging 85 a year with an enrollment total of 124). The Office of charter Schools is not recommending renewal of the charter for Cape Lookout. The Academy of Moore County was given a three-year renewal in 2007. They have made improvements in academics and their facility. Based on the changes they have implemented the Office of Charter Schools is recommending a three-year renewal for The Academy of Moore County.

New Business:

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update
  • Revision of the Charter School Renewal Policy/Process

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action:

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants
  • Reading First Educational Grant to Lenoir County The State Board is requested to approve a DPI recommendation to provide $80,000 of Reading First funds to employ a K-3 reading coach for Northeast School in Lenoir County.

Discussion:

  • CS 2 2010-2011 Supplemental Budget Supplemental budget requests must be sent to the Governor’s office by February 2010. The Board will be given a list of budget reductions that were implemented this year and how they are impacting school districts. The Race To the Top guidelines will also be presented along with a traditional list of initiatives that the SBE has decided are underfunded or in need of more resources as well as any new budget requests.

Update on Contracts:

  • Contracts over $25,000 – 16 Proposals
  • Contracts under $25,000 – 9 Proposals

Issues Session (3:15 PM)

  • Review of the Race to the Top Proposal

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Wayne McDevitt
  • Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition:

  • Dr. George Litton, Chairman, Cleveland County Board of Education Winner of the NCSBA ` 2009-2010 Raleigh Dingman Award

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update: Ms. Angela Quick
  • District and School Transformation Update: Dr. Pat Ashley
  • CEDARS Update: Mr. Adam Levinson

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students Committee

  • GCS 5 Report to Governor and JLEOC on Plan for Restructuring ABC’s Accountability System In 2009 the General Assembly authorized the SBE to develop a plan to restructure the ABC’s. The SBE will need authorization in 2010 by the General Assembly to implement a new plan. The report provides information on the current status of the ACRE project. It addresses the various indicators being reviewed including student performance, student growth, post-secondary readiness, graduation rates and academic course rigor. The use of these indicators will be determined for one or more of the following areas: reporting, rewards and sanctions, and targeting assistance. The issues to be decided include: incentive awards, sanctions for schools and LEAs, and the definition of low-performing schools.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

Legislative Update

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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