Summary of January State Board of Education Agenda: January 6 and 7, 2010

The following State Board of Education Committees met on Wednesday, January 6: Globally Competitive Students, the 21st Century Professionals Committee, and the Leadership for Innovation Committee. The Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee did not meet, but the agenda items were handled on Thursday, during the Board meeting. On Thursday, January 7, the State Board of Education met. Access to the Executive Summaries and back up documents are on the SBE website at:

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/stateboard/meetings/2010/01

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to NC’s NCLB Consolidated Application Accountability Workbook Approved 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 a 2 percentage point increase from one year to the next for the 4-year cohort graduation rate or at least a 3 percentage point increase from one year to the next 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.

Committee Meeting: Staff reviewed this item and summarized the information presented at the December meeting. No further discussion.

Board Meeting: Staff requested permission to include in the workbook the graduation rate numbers of increasing 2 percentage points per year to the 4-year cohort graduation rate and 3 percentage points to the 5-year cohort graduation rate. The Board voted unanimously to approve the addition of these numbers to the Accountability Workbook.

  • GCS 2 2009-2010 Title III Addendum to the NCLB Consolidated State Plan Approved 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

Committee Meeting: Staff indicated the Addendum was necessary due to the revisions made by the USED regarding Title III, affecting the Limited English Proficiency Program Activities. No further discussion.

Discussion

  • GCS 3 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 may be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards Version 4.0 will be posted January 18, but is not in the SBE book for January nor on the website.

January Committee Meeting: Dr. Williams stated the feedback received has been very positive regarding the new standards. Conversations are continuing with the K-12 Science leadership team.  Some of the concerns from the field included staff development for K-5 Physical Science component. Development of the instructional toolkits for K-5 is ongoing. Beverly Vance indicated that depth and rigor has been added to all areas in addition to the K-5 component and emphasized the importance of aligning the new standards to the NAEP framework. Jack Hoke stated that significant gains should be expected by students in Science, with the implementation of the new standards. This was in response to a Board members inquiry on what type of outcomes can we expect to see with NAEP test scores and the new standards. Members also asked if in developing the standards they were compared with other states or internationally. Board member Harris raised concerns about teacher staff development primarily with elementary teachers who are not science teachers, but teach all subjects. She asked that an individual from Meredith who has science expertise be allowed to meet with staff to share some recommendations and concerns about the elementary section of the standards. The problem expressed by some LEAs is the elementary standards have widened the curriculum in science, not deepened it. There is also the issue of hands-on science and if there is so much more to teach when will there be time to actually do science experiments and have hands-on science experiences. Where will the resources come from to implement professional development and to purchase instructional tool kits? Work continues on the science standards and they plan to bring them back in March for final approval. Staff did not indicate the year the standards would become effective. Initially it was 2012-2013, but there has been discussion behind the scenes to begin these in 2011-2012. The other issue out there is the Common Core Standards for Science are delayed 12 months so if the Common core Standards are different when they are finished, the NC standards will have to be adjusted. The issue has become somewhat controversial, so keep an eye on this one.

  • 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?

Committee Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio presented an update on ACRE emphasizing the Future-Ready Core model. The goal of the accountability model is three-fold: improves student achievement, increases graduation rates and close achievement gaps. How will Future–Ready Core be counted in the model and should the current student accountability measure be updated; Gateways and 25 percent policy?  One of the recommendations is to include the students that score proficient on Algebra II EOC (eventually Math BC assessment) in the Future-Ready Core model. Other possible measures that might be reported would be the inclusion of the number or percent of students taking AP courses or 4-unit concentration in a career cluster (Arts, CTE, etc.) or credentialing programs. Staff also recommends changing the Gateway Policy for 3, 5, 8 and EOC assessments to require intervention without retesting and to maintain the current 25 percent of the final grade policy. With the elimination of the gateways (which many said were not effective) the primary way to give value to students for doing well on the tests and in the subjects is to require  25 percent of the test score as part of the final grade. In the report to the JLEOC several decisions remain to be presented to the General Assembly including: Revision of the ABCs Classification System, revision to the ABCs financial awards, revising the definitions of low-performing schools and continually low-performing schools and to make changes and recommendations regarding the assistance team and the identification of low-performing LEAs.  A new model must be approved by the General Assembly, since many existing laws will have to be changed and/or deleted.

New Business

Update on Writing Instructional System A power point presentation and video was shown highlighting the accomplishments of the Iredell County school system’s use of the Pearson’s “Write to Learn” software in middle school.  The writing scores for their students increased with the largest increase being made by the special education students. They did say the lower scoring students showed the greatest growth, while the higher end students did not increase significantly. The gap is being closed by improving the number of proficient students.  Staff provided examples of the student’s work and the instant feedback being given by the software program for students was the key to their success. The district plans to pilot a high school writing project next year. Board members were interested in the cost and funding involved with this pilot. The cost of the software was not shared, but staff indicated it would be expensive to implement across the state.

Impact of Student Mobility on Student Achievement in Urban Areas Representative Dale Folwell requested an opportunity to address the Board to express his thanks for their work on the implementation of the legislation to change the kindergarten cutoff date. He brought data about how student achievement is improved by the change in Kindergarten age cutoff.  He also urged the Board to take action on the issue of student mobility and its effect on student achievement primarily in the urban school districts. He specifically mentioned Cook Elementary school in Winston Salem that turns over 25 percent of its students every year.  He showed members a picture of the 500 students attending school in August, by Christmas only 425 of the original student body were in the picture, and by the end of the school year only 375 of the original students would be represented. Another example was at Old Town Elementary, of the 140 boys attending a presentation, 68 of them would be dropouts by the time they reached high school. He charged the Board to stop student mobility and minimize student movement. Some of the mobility is caused by low income families having to change locations within a school district and thereby changing schools. He stated there are many factors accounting for student movement and this would be the challenge for the Board in developing strategies for this complex issue. He did not offer any clear simple answer, but made his point that, students moving from school to school each year makes it hard for them to learn. In conclusion he again thanked the Board for its hard work.

Healthy Responsible Students Committee

New Business

NC Institute of Medicine Task Force Recommendations Involving Education Entities Ms. Willoughby urged Board members to review the list of 35 recommendations from the Task Force. This list is a summary of the work of the Prevention Task Force, The Adolescent Health Task Force, and the Substance Abuse Task Force. A copy of the recommendations is available from this office upon request. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine documents can be accessed from the following link: http://www.nciom.org/

21st Century Professionals Committee (12:45 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Mentor Standards and Training Approved 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.

January Committee Meeting: Dr. Garland indicated this report will be shared with the JLEOC. In December staff suggested Title II funds could be used to implement standards.

  • TCP 2 Accrual CEUs for Retired Teachers Approved 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.

Committee Meeting: Review of this item was presented with no further discussion.

  • TCP 3 Adding Teaching Areas Based on 24 Semester Hours of Coursework Approved the 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.

Committee Meeting: A brief review of this item was presented with no further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements Approved the recommendations from the appeals panel reviewing requests for exceptions from the teacher licensing requirements, in closed session.
  • TCP 5 Final Decision in Contested Cases: Approved ALJ ruling in closed session.
    • 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 issued a final decision in accordance with ALJ ruling.

Discussion

  • TCP 6 Crediting Experience for NCVPS Teachers Currently Ineligible for Experience Credit The State Board discussed 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.

Committee Meeting: Philip Price presented this item and told Board members there are not any full time NCVPS teachers, but there are teachers from other states and internationally who will need this policy change. There may also be NC teachers in the future who will require it.

  • TCP 7 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.
  • Committee Meeting: Mr. Price indicated the January report due to the legislature regarding lateral entry had been extended to February 15.  He indicated the implementation of the plan would be provided in May/June and come back to the Board for approval in June/July. The plan would become effective in 2011-2012.  Board members had some concerns regarding the classroom management component of the courses and the sign off portion of the plan. They did not express too much concern about moving from nine pedagogy courses to five, but the classroom management piece which is now LEA sign-off may get changed. They are not rushing forward with the changes and hope to get additional feedback through the next few months.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 1 Enrollment Increase Requests Above 10% and Charter School Grade Expansion Approved nine 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.

Committee Meeting: The request for each of the charter schools was presented individually to allow the members of the committee time to comment. The committee is not recommending approval of A Children’s Village Academy and Sallie B. Howard. There were issues about student performance with both of these schools.

Board Meeting: The Board approved the nine charter school requests including Franklin and Casa Esperanza in Wake. In a separate motion they denied A Children’s Village and Sallie B Howard based on the committee recommendation.

Discussion

  • LFI 2 Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools with Charters Expiring June 2010 The State Board discussed the renewal of the charter 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.

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.

The recommendation for approval of a three-year renewal of The Academy of Moore County is based on preliminary test results that indicate academic improvement. This item will return in February for Action.

Board members Kathy Taft and Shirley Harris spoke in support of requesting the Committee to again review the application of Bear Grass Charter School for the purpose of granting them a charter. The Board Chairman said he would require input from legal staff prior to commenting on the request to consider approving the Bear Grass application that was not one of those approved in August 2009.

Board Meeting: A statement was read by Dr. Harrison, after discussions with the legal staff, the request by members of the Board to reconsider approval of Bear Grass Charter School application. Bear Grass was part of the 2008 applicant pool and was not one of the schools approved in August by the State Board. Since August another opening has occurred for a charter school and Bear Grass has been lobbying hard to have the State Board reconsider their charter application.  Legal indicated that although statute does not address this situation or prohibit it, this would be an action that would set a precedent for the charter school application process. It would be unwise to change or modify the selection process. Allowing the Bear Grass application for a charter school to be reconsidered would deviate from the SBE approved practices and procedures. And although the law does not forbid it, this would be a bad path for the SBE to begin to walk down.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Update Bryan Setser presented this item and all the work being done with NCVPS. The Spring enrollment has placed NC, 2nd in the nation in online course enrollment. There are many new things going on in this area, including, mobile NCVPS, modular work with CTE programs, multiple service options, individual district courses and models. Immersive technology, blended instruction, K-8 models and policy development are some of the highlights that were reviewed. NC continues to work with other states to make agreements on sharing and trading courses to save funds on course development. Stay tuned the use of technology in teaching teach is growing exponentially
  • Revision of the Charter School Renewal Policy/Process This item has been moved to the March Agenda. The Charter School Ad Hoc Committee will meet to discuss the board policies involving the Charter School Renewal Process in February.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting: Thursday Board Meeting

Action

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grant Moved to Consent Agenda

Discussion

  • TCS 2 2010-2011 Supplemental Budget Supplemental budget requests must be sent to the Governor’s office by February 2010. The Board heard how the budget reductions, that were implemented this year, are impacting school districts.

Board Meeting: This item was presented on Thursday at the Board meeting. Mr. Price began the discussion with the State budget cuts to public schools in 2009-2010 of $780 million and the $1 Billion cut to public school anticipated in the 2010-2011 budget. He noted that there is $380 million in Federal funding that will be gone from the public schools budget in 2011-2012, as well as the direct Title I and IDEA Federal funding. Mr. Price decided to highlight the elimination of any textbook funding for 2010-2011 ($117 Million cut) by showing a five-year-old math book with the cover about gone and pages very frayed. The consequences of the complete loss of textbook funding include: the 14,000 new students that will enroll next year with little or no funding for textbooks, including those for special education children, as well as replacing worn out textbooks. Next he talked about the impact of the State budget cuts in 2009-2010.  LEAs returned funding for more than 2,400 classroom teachers in Grades 4-12 and more than $44 million in teacher assistant funding, which were some of the major reversions. When the state reduced class size in Grades K-3 it only added 3100 teachers and with the anticipated cuts in 2010-2011 the number of teaching slots could be cut by 3,400, which would exceed the number that was added  from 2001-2004.  The state deficit was almost $111 million in November, with sales tax revenue down, withholding taxes down, and corporate taxes showing a minimal increase. The 2009-2010 budget was built with a 1.9 percent revenue growth and the 2010-2011 budget was built with a 3.2 percent growth, which at this point seems too optimistic. This means that if the growth percentage is going to be reduced (2010-2011) the budget cuts will need to be increased, since it is unlikely there will be increased revenue (election year = no tax increase). Mr. Price noted that 61 percent of the public school funding is for guaranteed allotments (i.e. teachers etc.) and 30 percent is categorical allotments, which usually includes other school personnel (i.e. guidance counselors). Cuts to the budget will mean cuts to personnel and cuts to classroom instruction. Board members did talk about LEAs being able to use their additional Federal Title I funds to offset the Flexibility cut in the budget.

DPI has been requested to provide a budget request with a 3 percent revenue increase. The budget office has placed restrictions on the request since it can only be made for existing programs (no new program funding requests). In addition the budget office has asked for recommendations to reduce the public schools fund by 3 percent, 5 percent, and 7 percent ($528 million). These cuts are in addition to the ones already proposed in the 2010-2011 budget. Mr. Price said he wouldn’t even know where to begin to make these cuts since so much has already been cut from the schools. The real problem Mr. Price noted will occur in 2011-2012, when all the one-time Federal funds are GONE.  Where will the state find the money to fund the programs that the Federal money has funded for the past two years?

He gave the Board three options to consider: 1) Ignore the request to submit budget cuts of 3, 5, and 7 percent, 2) Shift funds by making significant changes to the allotment formulas (reduce instructional programs), 3) Provide the supplemental budget request (3 percent increase) and the requested budget cuts proposal of 3, 5, and 7 percent.  He told members DPI’s operating budget is $48 million, so even if you eliminated the department that would not provide the funds to offset the cuts. Dr. Harrison said in order to cut $1 billion from the budget you would have to eliminate 20,000 teaching positions statewide. Dr. Harrison suggested that he, Dr. Atkinson, Mr. Price and the budget office education staff meet next week to determine possible solutions to the dilemma.

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 – The proposal will be over 500 pages and is due to the Federal government by January 19, 2010. Adam Levinson, Dr. Garland, Dr. Ashley and others presented a series of power point slides outlining the various sections of the proposal. Dr. Atkinson noted that 109 of the 115 school districts have signed off on the MOU, which they have done in “good faith” without even seeing the plan. The MOU requires sign-off by the Superintendent, Board Chairman and president of local NCAE chapter. Board advisor, Jack Hoke, said he would get on the phone and get the remaining school systems MOUs. One specific page included the achievement targets that were set for NC to include in the proposal. Board member Tate had some concerns with the targets questioning if they were ambitious enough or too conservative. Who will monitor the success in reaching the targets? When will the monies be available? When will the grants be approved? What might NC expect to receive in funding when approved? Staff told the Board they anticipate the funds in April and once they receive them they will give the LEAs 90 days to set their plan in place that mirrors the State plan in order to access a share of the funds. DPI can use up to 50 percent of the funds for their programs. Many times since RTT was announced staff has noted they would use RTT funds to move certain projects along. Everything from the CEDARS project to the new accountability program.  Distribution of the RTT funds to the LEAs is based on Title I numbers and completion of the LEA Plan. After a lengthy discussion, the Board approved the proposal they were presented. Staff continues to work on the document for final presentation to the Governor later this week. A copy of the power point is available upon request from my office.

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 Dr. Harrison recognized the new State Board advisor.

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

ACRE Update: Ms. Angela Quick gave a brief update noting a presentation on formative assessments would be before the Board in March/April. She also said the writing committee is working on a 3-year plan to enhance their existing program. She said there are more than 86,000 4th graders using the electronic writing program and some 86,000 in Grade 8 as well.

District and School Transformation Update: Dr. Pat Ashley had staff review the Department’s new initiative to provide assistance to all schools and school systems across the state through a regional approach. There are 8 regions and there are roundtable groups. The intent is to improve student achievement and the graduation rate. The DPI regional leaders serve as facilitators for the various roundtables across the state. They are supposed to meet with superintendents, administrative staff and school leaders (principals) to provide support. They worked within the regions during the Fall to provide assistance with school improvement plans (a living breathing document). The Spring strategy is to develop a regional directory of resources and to provide a Spring Institute to teach leaders about the use and interpretation of K-2 assessments.

CEDARS Update: Mr. Adam Levinson advised Board members that Charlotte and Wake have conformed and are now part of the unique student identifier plan. The only issue is that since Wake and Charlotte continue to operate NCWISE outside of the central system they will have to be very careful not to create new student identifier numbers when new students register for school from within other LEAs in NC. They will need to carefully research if the student already has a unique identifier number. This issue could impact about 40,000-50,000 students at most.  There was discussion as to when Wake and Charlotte would be in the central system and according to Dr. Asmar that has been delayed due to the NC WISE upgrade that was not able to be done last Fall due to budget constraints.

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 Approved 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 yet to be decided include: incentive awards, sanctions for schools and LEAs, and the definition of low-performing schools.
  • TCS 1 Approval of Grant
    • Reading First Educational Grant to Lenoir County Approved DPI’s recommendation to provide $80,000 of Reading First funds to employ a K-3 reading coach for Northeast School in Lenoir County.

Board Meeting: Chairman Kevin Howell requested this be moved to Consent agenda. This was done without objection. Both Consent items were approved.

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

-Legislative Update Written handout. Ms. Willoughby requested information on the Dropout Grants that were approved and the evaluation report on the first grants.

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

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