Preview of February State Board of Education Agenda:

February 3 and 4, 2010

All of the State Board of Education Committees will meet on Wednesday, February 3: Healthy, Responsible Students Committee, Globally Competitive Students, the Leadership for Innovation Committee, the 21st Century Professionals Committee, and the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, February 4, the full State Board of Education will meet beginning at 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Healthy, Responsible Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Discussion

  • HRS 1 Revisions to HRS-A-000; Acts of School Violence Reported to Law Enforcement and to the State Board of Education The SBE plans to discuss the proposed revisions to HRS-A-000. The policy was presented in October 2009 and is being presented again. It is being revised to clarify incidents/acts required by law to be reported to Law Enforcement and to the State Board of Education by the principal. The policy lists the following incidents to be reported to law enforcement: 1) Assault resulting in serious personal injury as defined in G.S. 14-32.4; 2) Sexual Assault as defined in G.S.14-27.5A and 14-33(c )(2);  3) Sexual offense as defined in G.S. 14-27.4 through 14-27.5 and 14-27.7A; 4) Rape as defined in G.S. 14-27.3 and 14-27.7A; 5) Kidnapping as defined in G.S.14-37; 6) Indecent liberties with a minor as defined in G.S.14-202.1; 7) Assault involving the use of a weapon as defined in G.S.14-34 through 14-34.9; 8] Possession of a firearm in violation of the law as defined in G.S. 14-269.2; 9) Possession of a weapon in violation of the law as defined in G. S. 14-269.2; and 10) Possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law as defined in the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act as defined in Article 5 of G. S. 90-86 through 90-113.8. Other incidents required to be reported to law enforcement by the principal in addition to those listed in G.S. 115C-288 (g) are: 1) Assault on school officials, employees, and volunteers as defined in  G.S. 14-33 ( c)(6); 2) Homicide as defined in G.S. 14-17; 3) Robbery with a dangerous weapon as defined in G.S. 14-87; 4) Unlawful, underage sales, purchase, provision, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages as defined in G. S. 18B-302; 5) Making bomb threats or engaging in bomb hoaxes as defined in G. S. 14-69.2; 6) Willfully burning a school building as defined in G. S. 14-60. In addition Section C has been added and states: The offenses listed in subpart (b) together with all offenses that are required to be reported to law enforcement pursuant to G. S. 115C-288(g), shall be reported annually to the State Board of Education pursuant to G.S. 115C-12(21). The report shall be submitted electronically via a Department of Public Instruction approved discipline report system that conforms to the State’s Uniform Education Reporting System. Senator Stein on behalf of NCAE introduced legislation to change the policy by changing the law. Many of the Associations agreed to meet and try to support policy changes instead of enacting another education law for public schools. The resulting recommendation is coming from DPI staff and at this time it is unknown if the Associations have signed off on the proposed policy changes that are included in this latest revision.

Globally Competitive Students Committee

Discussion

  • GCS 1 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? The emerging points of consensus from the January meeting included in the topic of Academic Course Rigor (Future-Ready Core) are to include the number of students that score proficient on Algebra II EOC (eventually Math BC assessment) as a measure of the academic course rigor required by the Future-Ready Core.  Additional measures of academic rigor such as AP participation will likely be used in an updated reporting function and will not be used to reward and sanction in an effort to keep the model slim and as simple as possible. Also, with the implementation of the balanced assessment system that included formative, diagnostic and interim assessments, DPI recommends a revised Gateway Policy that requires remediation of students, not scoring proficient at current Gateway grades and exit standards courses without the retesting requirement.  DPI recommends retaining the 25 percent of the final grade policy for classes with End-of-Course tests.
  • GCS 2 K-12 Science Essential Standards The State Board discussed 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 Version 4.0 may now be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards The SBE may approve these Science Essential Standards in March as was discussed at the January Board Meeting.

The Board is also requested to approve technical changes to policy GCS-F-008 in this section.

  • GCS 3 Recommendations for Compliance with HB 88, the Healthy Youth Act The State Board of Education is requested to review the recommendations to modify pages (6,42-44,54,59-60, 62-63,68-69 and 78-81 within the 2006 Healthful Living Standard Course of Study in order to meet the requirements of House Bill 88, 2009 Healthy Youth Act. This legislation modified G.S. 115C-81 as it relates to Abstinence Until Marriage Education, now referred to as Reproductive Health and Safety Education, within the health education curriculum. This item is presented for discussion this month and will return for Action in March. DPI staff is recommending changes to the course of study to comply with the new law. They have included many of the sections of the law in the course of study which expands the instruction for students beginning in 7th grade on reproductive health and safety. They are now titling this curriculum as Guidelines for Instruction Regarding Reproductive Health and Safety Education. It adds language to allow the local board of education to expand on the subject areas to be taught in the program and on the instructional objectives to be met. Another key piece of the curriculum includes language requiring each school board to adopt a policy and provide a way for a parent/guardian to withdraw his or her child from instruction required under this statute.  The link to the documents in the section is included: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/stateboard/meetings/2010/02/gcs/02gcs.pdf.

(GCS 3 begins on page 49)

Lunch – Visitors from Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:20 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2010 The State Board discussed the renewal of 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.

January Committee Meeting: The Committee discussed the low performance and financial issues affecting the renewal of Cape Lookout Marine Academy.  There were also issues about their revolving door of students, with as many as 50 new students again this year. A member of the charter school stood up and spoke out on the fact that they are accepting all students who are struggling and that they come to the school to give it a try and either leave school or return to their public school.

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 2 Approval of Charter Schools Technology Plans The recommendation is for the State Board of Education to approve the technology plans for Charter Day School (Brunswick County), Columbus Charter (Columbus County), Piedmont Community Charter (Gaston County), and Summit Charter (Jackson County). ITS consultants have evaluated the plans to comply with the statewide architecture guidelines and DPI instructional technology consultants have evaluated the plans for their instruction components.

New Business

-NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:50 PM or Immediate following LFI)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Recommendations for Compliance with HB 88, the Healthy Youth Act

-Teacher Education Specialty Area Standards for Health Education Teacher Candidates The recommendation is for the SBE to review and discuss the recommendations to modify pages 77-78 and 81-82 of the Teacher Education Specialty Area Standards, document to add reproductive health and safety education language, to meet the requirements of House Bill 88.

Old Business

  • Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching The State Board discussed 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.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (2.45 PM)

Action

  • TCS 1 2010-2011 Supplemental Budget The recommendation is for the Board to approve the supplemental budget requests for 2010-2011 allowable under Office of State Budget and Management’s instructions. The supplemental budget request will be limited to continuation items that were not funded, ADM increase and average salary adjustments, and phase in of new programs started in a previous fiscal year. They also were requested to recommended cuts of 3, 5 and 7 percent to the public school budget. This information is due to the Governor by February 22, 2010. There were no materials included with this item.

Discussion

  • TCS 2 Science Safety Standards The State Board of Education will discuss the “Science Safety Standards” policy and commence the APA rule-making process.  Furthermore, staff recommends that DPI, School Planning Section, be authorized to review and approve middle and high school science facilities for safety. House Bill 42, An Act to Implement Science Safety Measures in the Public Schools” amends G.S. 115C-521 by the addition of the following language: (c1) No local board of education shall apply for a certificate of occupancy for any new middle or high school building until the plans for the science laboratory areas of the building have been reviewed and approved to meet accepted safety standards for school science laboratories and related preparation rooms and stockrooms. The review and approval of the plans may be done by the SBE or by any other entity that is licensed or authorized by the State Board to do so. This item is presented for discussion in February and will be presented for Action in March.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 –   11 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 –   9 Proposals

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Kathy Taft

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

ACRE Update-Angela Quick

District and School Transformation Update- Dr. Pat Ashley

Performance Navigator – Adam Levinson

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda – No items listed at this time

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson

-Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning, Office of the Secretary, U.S.   Department of Education (Invited)

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

-Legislative Update

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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