June State Board of Education Agenda

June 2, 2010 and June 3, 2010

The State Board of Education Committees are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to interview 7 charter school applicants. Richard Milburn from Wake is one of the charter applicants being interviewed. The State Board of Education Committees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday. They begin with Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and they ended with Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/05

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Occupational Course of Study (OCS)-Testing Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) In 2008-2009, The US Department of Education notified NC DPI that NCEXTEND2 did not meet their approval and so the OCS students could no longer count as participants for determining AYP at the high school level. To remedy this problem the following steps are proposed for State Board discussion and consideration, for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. There are five options for discussion: 1) Move up the timeline for OCS students to be taught the new Essential Standards with crosswalks to NC Standard Course of study for the assessed subjects, 2) Require OCS students to take the EOC assessments in English I (along with Grade 10 Writing assessment), Algebra I, and Biology until the NCEXTEND2 assessments are developed to accompany the new End of Course assessments based on the new Essential Standards, 3) Allow OCS students’ scores from a combination of the English EOC assessment and the Grade 10 Writing assessment, Algebra I, and Biology to be included in any AYP and ABC’s reporting 4) Waive (for OCS students only) the requirement in the policy (GCSC-003) that mandates EOC assessments count as 25% of the student’s final grade, and 5) Eliminate the current OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program (GCS-C-020).

The department recommends: 1) the attached timeline of curriculum implementation and assessment be approved for OCS students, 2) SBE waive (OCS students only) the requirement in GCS-C-003 that EOC assessments count as 25% of a students’ final grade, and 3) Amend policy GCS-C-020 to eliminate the OCS NCEXTEND2 assessments from the statewide testing program and ABC’s accountability program. These recommendations will be implemented with the 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 school years.

  • GCS 2 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities The State Board is requested to approve the proposed amendments to the policies discussed in May. The policies governing children with disabilities will be amended to reflect recent changes to IDEA and to clarify and align sections of the current policies. The amendment to the policies is presented for Discussion in May and Action in June. Policies GCS-D-000-008 and TCS-E-001 are being modified. The changes to the policies are comprehensive. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.

Discussion

  • GCS 3 Common Core Standards The State Board is asked to discuss and provide feedback. In the Framework for Change in 2008 the SBE asked the Department to examine the Standards. As a requirement to the Race to the Top proposal North Carolina is expected to adopt the Common Core Standards, verbatim. This item is for Action in July.
  • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE is asked to discuss and provide guidance to the Department. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Component of the propose model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term 9Loongitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness.

New Business

Writing Instruction Update

Greetings from Mr. Bu Jinkun, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (China)

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:40 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Provisional Licensing Requirements for Career and Technical Education Teachers The State Board discussed revisions to Board policy, in the licensing requirements for CTE teachers.  The policy is being revised based on input received from all eight State Board districts and NC DPI meetings with CTE administrators. The State Board will discuss in May and is requested to approve the proposed CTE licensure revision in June, with an effective date of July 1, 2010. There are nineteen major changes to the policy: 1) Reformat the document 2) Updated examples of Bachelor’s degrees 3) Updated examples of related industry work experiences, 4) Eliminate the use of the 80 hour induction program as a substitute for the Instructional Methods course requirement, 5) Reduce 80 hour induction program to 40 hours and eliminate option to waive the requirement 6) Maintain 80 hours of induction for Health Occupations, 7) Maintain 80 hours of induction from CTE directors and instructional management coordinators, 8. Revise the course requirement for agricultural education 9) Change the Health Occupations–Specific Instructional Methods course requirement, 10) Change the Health Occupations-Specific Curriculum, Instructional Planning and Assessment course requirement 11) Add Pharmacy Technical Certification requirement to Health Occupations, 12) Add a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences endorsement, 13) Reformat the Trade and Instruction Education course requirement sections, 14) Reformat the Trade and Industrial sections to include a matrix,

15) Revise the Core Academic Competence Exam, 16) Remove the Core Academic testing requirement for T&I teachers who have Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees, 17) Add a table to the Trade and Industrial section listing the requirement for licensure, 18) Add a footnote clarifying the restricted classification of the CTE Provisional Route License 19) Rename the VoCats licensure area to Instructional Management Coordinator. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document. This item is Action in June.

  • TCP 2 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists The State Board is recommended to approve the new standards discussed last month.  Once these are approved in June, work will begin on the development and validation of the new instrument for Speech-Language Pathologists. There are five standards proposed: 1) School Speech-Language Pathologists demonstrate leadership, advocacy, collaboration and ethical practices, 2) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, 3) School Speech-Language Pathologists understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive approach to speech-language development, 4) School Speech-Language Pathologists promote learning for all students, 5) School Speech-Language Pathologists reflect on their practice. A copy is available at the link listed at the beginning of the document.
    • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II ExamsThe State Board is requested to approve the new Praxis II exam scores discussed in May. The Educational Testing Service convened experts to meet on the test standards for Praxis II exams in the following areas: 1) World Languages-German, French Spanish 2) Business Education 3) Teaching and Reading 4) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications.  The State board will discuss and review the new qualifying scores. Each regenerated test will be administered in the Fall of 2010, with final administration of the current test to occur in the Summer of 2010. The new test scores are as follows: World Languages French: 162, German 163, Spanish 168, Business Education: 154, Teaching Reading: 159, Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications: 151, Mild to Moderate Applications; 158, Severe to Profound: 158. The item will be effective with Fall of 2010.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Final Decision in Contested Case Alexa Molden v. The North Carolina State Board of Education

Old Business

  • Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:25 PM)

Action

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board is requested to approve one of the seven listed schools for preliminary charter. The schools being interviewed by the Board member this month include: Bear Grass charter, Leadership Learning Academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, Waters Edge Village Academy

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 2 Program Approval Request Under Innovative Education Initiatives Act The State Board is recommended to approve the program and exemption requests under the Innovative Education Act as requested by Cumberland County Schools. The Cumberland County Schools experienced several personnel issues therefore they were unable to submit their request in February and the Department allowed them to delay their request.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:10 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates The State Board is requested to approve Option II for restructuring pre-kindergarten funding. The General Assembly has required the Office of Early Learning to restructure State pre-kindergarten payment rates. The State Board of Education will determine an option for restructuring the pre-kindergarten funding for 2010-2011. Option I: Capped administrative costs and a state-defined differentiated rate for public and private providers. LEAs would be restricted to 2.1% (on average) for indirect cost rates to support administrative functions related to the More at Four contracts. Local Partnerships for children would be capped at 8% for administrative support functions. The Office of Early Learning would define differentiated per-slot rates to support the diverse cost structures of the different provider types participating in the state-funded program. Rates might be proposed as an example: Head Start=$3400 per slot, Public schools=$4300 per slot, Private Providers=$6,000 per slot. Setting the differentiated rates will take some time, but the administrative rates can be enacted for 2010-2011. Option II Capped Administrative Rates, 2009-2010 Provider Rates Held Harmless, More at Four Payment Structure Studied. The Office of Early Learning will cap administrative costs for local contractors for the 2010-2011 school year consistent with the parameters outlined in Option II. Additionally, the actual per-slot rates paid to providers in 2010-2011 will be held harmless. The Study will then allow a funding plan to be developed to maintain the delivery of prekindergarten services across the diverse group of providers currently making up the system. This option will allow the program to manage expected budget cuts, without limiting the number of children being served for 2010-2011.
  • TCS 2 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual The State Board is requested to approve this policy change to the process of reporting absences for lack of proper immunizations as suspensions. After consulting with the Attorney General’s office a policy change is required to code the absence, due to a student’s lack of immunizations, as an unlawful absence, instead of a suspension. This change will become effective beginning July 1, 2010. This will be an Action item at the June meeting.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Approval of Grant
    • IMPACT-Professional Development Enhancement Grant Award, IMPACT III and IMPACT IV Six LEAs are receiving $80,936.13 in grant funds to be used for professional development budget to cover 1:1 Coaching from the Friday Institute for the high schools listed in the grant summary. Asheboro, Perquimans, Kannapolis, Thomasville, Asheville City, and Pamlico are the areas to receive grants.
  • TCS 4 Governor’s School Board of Governors The State Board is recommended to reappoint William Howard III (District 7) and Jane Austen Behan (District 1) to second three-year terms. The State Board is asked to recommend on additional appointment (local director of gifted programs) from district 6 for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2010.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 31 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 9 contracts

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Tom Speed

Approval of Minutes

Special Presentation-Innovative Approaches to challenges in Today’s Urban Systems

  • Dr. Peter Gorman, Superintendent Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Award Presentation- North Carolina’s Milken Family Foundation National Education Award

  • Ms. Cynthia Rudolph, Biology Teacher Hopewell High School, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Presentation on the JOBS Report

  • Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton

Special Presentation-Outgoing State Board of Education Advisors

  • Ms. Cindi Rigsbee, SBE Teacher of the Year Advisor
  • Mr. Vann Pennell, SBE Principal of the Year Advisor
  • Mr. Jack Hoke, SBE Superintendent Advisor

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick
    • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley-
    • Performance Navigator Update-Mr. Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

Healthy Responsible Students

HRS 1 Allies Promoting Health and Academic Achievement North Carolina data showing a link between a student’s health status and academic achievement will be presented. In addition the joint efforts of health promotion and prevention work between DPI and DPH will be reviewed.

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

GCS 5 State Hearing Review Officers The State Board of Education is asked to approve the State Hearing Review Officers at the June meeting.

Business/Finance and Advocacy

TCS 5 Pre-Approval of Financial And Business Services’ Policy Manuals The State Board is requested to approve the manuals, Public School Personnel State Salary Schedules and Manual, the Allotment Policy Manual, and the Benefits and Employment Policy Manual for Public School Employees.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:
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