Summary of State Board of Education Agenda

June 2, 2010 and June 3, 2010

The State Board of Education Committees met 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 met on Wednesday. They began 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 met to vote and hear presentations. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (9:30 AM)


  • GCS 1 Occupational Course of Study (OCS)-Testing Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) APPROVED 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • GCS 2 Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities The State Board APPROVED 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion

Moved to Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 Common Core Standards APPROVED The State Board agreed to the importance of getting students, teachers and parents to buy-in to this program.  Both Kentucky and Maryland have already approved Common Core.  The rationale for Common Core Standards included the importance of having a standard that can be compared to other states as well as the schools within the state.  There was also discussion on sharing the economy of this program, which would allow for sharing the burden of funding.  Dr. Williamson discussed the specific skills that are focused on in the Common Core Standards with ELA, including text complexity, balancing literature and informational text, developing strong skills in science and social studies, reading and comprehension, writing and research, speaking and listening, and vocabulary.  Math focuses on the early grades as well as “messy problems” in the high school grades.  There are currently tools that are being created, merging the current process with Common Core Standards.  The projected roll out date is fall of 2012, with the National Assessment to roll out in 2014.  Committee Meeting: Dr. Harrison asked to move this to ACTION.  There was discussion on who developed the Common Core Standards.  It was determined that CCSSO and NGO took the lead and developed the concept.  Experts were then assembled to continue the development.


  • GCS 4 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed Post-Secondary Readiness issues, which is highlighted in Framework for Change.  The issue was brought up regarding whether students should be administered one test or multiple tests to show post-secondary readiness.  The SBE favors use of ACT and Work Keys as the assessments used.  These tests are accepted at all community colleges.  Cost of administering these tests to high school students was discussed.  Ms. Quick recommended that it be taken to the next step to be included in the 2011-2013 budgets.  Other assessments were discussed but it was concluded that Compass and AccuPlacer are more of a placement test and not to be used for accountability measures.

Committee Meeting: Ms. Quick was asked to send out one last request for recommendations, giving everyone 30 days for clarification, and to make a final decision regarding this new model in July.  Board members were asked to look at website and be prepared to vote in July.

New Business

Writing Instruction Update – Ms. Quick discussed the idea of requiring 7th grade students to compose and store within an electronic repository samples of writing that teachers score throughout the year.  It would be used as a formative assessment rather than using only summative assessment.  The mission is to incorporate daily writing opportunities into all subjects.  Both Grades 4 and Grades 7 are entering grades into the system, but there is an inconsistency to the grades.  As of April 9th, many schools had not finished the 2nd sample of writing.  A report to use with parents has been developed, allowing the parent to see the writing ability of their child.

Committee Meeting: The recommendation was brought forth to look at LEAs and submit data and writing samples, and to expand writing instructional system.  Policy and procedures issues were also discussed. A concern was raised about the ability of 4th grade students to use the computers to submit writing. There was also a question raised with respect to comparability of the 4th grade and 7th grade writing samples.

Greetings from Mr. Bu Jinkun, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (China) Mr. Bu Jinkun was welcomed by the board and a presentation was presented, discussing global education.

Committee Meeting: The hope for the future includes teacher exchanges, growth in formal partnerships, collaborative resources, administrative and educational exchanges, international conferences to better understand each other and activities focused on math, science, and technology.  Mr. Bu Jinkun then spoke of his views on education.

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 APPROVED the 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.

Committee Meeting: This will be effective as of July 1, 2010. Credentials must be completed before teaching unless otherwise indicated in the policy. A copy of the updated policy can be provided upon request from my office.

TCP 2 Proposed Standards for the evaluation of Speech–Language Pathologists APPROVED 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Scores for Regenerated Praxis II Exams APPROVED 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

Action on First Reading

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

Committee Meeting: This was discussed in closed meeting.

Old Business

  • Removal of Barriers to Lateral Entry Into Teaching The State Board discussed the report.  Page 1-12 includes updated responses including 26 recommendations.  Page 13 contains data for RALC.  Page 14 shows results of survey taken in the spring of 8 regions.  Projections include how many teachers come into North Carolina each year, as well as finds allocated for RALC now and for the next 4-5 years.

Committee Meeting: The Board was made aware of the fact that prospective teachers can be in the program without being licensed.  Ms. Willoughby also stated she was told institutions of higher learning have a difficult time finding schools that will take lateral entry students as student teachers.  A need for clarification of the process is needed.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:25 PM)


  • 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, and Waters Edge Village Academy.

Committee Meeting: Discussion and action item for next month after interviews that will take

place this month.  This item was pushed to next month, due to scheduling conflicts and the inability to interview the schools in question.

Action on First Reading

  • LFI 2 Program Approval Request Under Innovative Education Initiatives Act APPROVED 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report The Director discussed the report and future projections and implementations of NCVPS/LEO.  A meeting was hosted in early May in Ashville, to demonstrate the value of Public Relations.  Initiatives were 1) Sharing PR staff; 2) Leverage of PR Staff; 3) How virtual learning saves money; 4) Course sharing among states as a way to save money.  Blended learning was defined as strong face to face learning, online collaborative leaning, and largely self paced, and individualized and personalized learning.  On June 8, 2010, a focus will be on blended learning at Wayne Engineering.  Two areas that need improvement are: 1) Leadership not enrolling in these environments; 2) Allowing ‘play around and fail’, a pre-course training of online and in person learning.  Michigan Virtual, a non-profit virtual school, may be targeted as an umbrella for all, reducing costs. 

Committee Meeting: There is a concern over privatization, as K-12 students should be able to use NC Virtual without expense.  Thoughts were discussed as to using a non-profit agency in North Carolina instead of Michigan Virtual as an umbrella for North Carolina NCVPS/LEO.

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

Action and Discussion Agenda


  • TCS 1 Restructuring State Pre-Kindergarten Rates APPROVED 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 years 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.

Committee Meeting: Option II was recommended and approved.  No further discussion.

  • TCS 2 Revision to the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual APPROVED the 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Approval of Grant APPROVED
    • 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.

Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

  • TCS 4 Governor’s School Board of Governors APPROVED the recommendation 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.

Committee Meeting: A Board Member recommended Stephanie Range be appointed.  She does not reside in North Carolina.  Board Member Green opposed her appointment and asked that a Board Member be appointed that lived in NC.  A vote was taken and the new Board Member was appointed with Board Member Green voting no.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 31 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 9 contracts

New Business

Internship program research suggestions are on website.

Committee Meeting: Board members were requested to review the website before the July meeting.

Course Assessment Project   Potential benefits and downsides

Growth Model

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 gave a presentation on the importance of looking at overall effectiveness in a teacher, not just qualifications.  Dr. Gorman discussed the need for value added measures – not what but why.  He stated that compensation should be based on teacher effectiveness.  He used the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools as examples of how effective teachers are compensated.   Development is underway, to be ready in 2013-2014, bringing about strategic initiatives that measure effectiveness of teachers, which would encourage those teachers who know they can be effective.  This will also provide for families of teachers, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching instead of worrying about the needs of his/her family. There does not seem to be any relationship between compensation and effectiveness.  Some of the least effective teachers were actually more compensated and vice a versa.  We need to find better ways to target effective teachers through better compensation.  He also mentioned the need for principals to be compensated for their effectiveness.  Effective principals were more likely to have effective teachers.  There is a need to look at leadership and principals, not just the teachers’ effectiveness.  SBE and school districts need to look at ways to reward principals that do a good job, along with the teachers.  This is overlooked, when focusing on teacher effectiveness.

    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 gave an update on the JOBS Report.  He discussed the Early College Model and the effect it is having on those students that were interested in working hard.  The focus on this project is on stem related activities.

    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 Ms. Angela Quick gave an update regarding ACRE.  She discussed the online assessments that are becoming available, which will make sure schools and teachers have available and are using assessments.  Dr. Garland then discussed the importance of linking the online assessment with paper/pencil assessments, allowing for better data to be available. A study that includes 8 states will include NC and will save the state over $600,000, as it will be free to students of NC.

    • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley- stated the purpose is to align to Board goals, providing transparency.  Every other month 2 divisions will be highlighted.  Jack Stone then highlighted HR, explaining what HR will be offering.  This includes training of managers, internal service improvements, continuous recruitment for new hires and web-based tracking of performance and evaluation.  A female then discussed Career and Technical Education.  She listed 5 goals:  1) Concentrating on students that graduate; 2) Helping students be ready for work or post secondary education; 3) Assisting students in Language Arts, and Math, giving them a standard course of study; 4) Staff Development for Teachers; and 5) Use a Database for Decision Making, which will target resources and allow for timely decision making.  It also allows for working with business and industry personnel.
    • 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.  Mrs. Willoughby introduced Ms. Collins, who then introduced Mr. Gardner.  He discussed the fact that the three areas of education, economic and health are all linked.  At the state level, there are structures that are being developed, including the Healthy Schools Cabinet, Healthy Schools Forum, and Healthy School Leadership Assembly.  DPI then discussed the increased understanding that economic disparity causes when businesses decide not to bring their resources into an area.  She also stated that students with risk factors such as obesity or drug use tend to have lower grades.  School Level Impact Measures (SLIM) have been developed to assess areas where schools can become more health-conscious.

    ESEA Re-Authorization presented by Leigh M. Manasevit.  He laid out a blueprint for reform that included 7 areas: 1) College Career Ready Students, which gives standards for fair accountability and support at every level; 2) Great Teachers and Great leaders, which emphasizes effectiveness of teachers and includes those in educational leadership, such as principals; 3) Meeting the Needs of English Learners and Other Diverse Learners, making a commitment to ELL students, maintaining and strengthening already in place programs, emphasizing IDEA with better coordination as well as developing literacy standards; 4) A Complete Education – A New Approach, which strengthens instruction, raises the standards for literacy, competitive grants and expanding access to accelerated course work in high need schools; 5) Successful, Safe and Healthy Students, which improves educational and developmental outcomes, needs assessments of all children establishing a baseline for children and their needs, and promoting community involvement; 6) Fostering Innovation and Excellence, which includes expanded education options and competitive grants modeled after RTT; and 7) Additional Cross Cutting Priorities, which brings flexibility for success.  Nothing will take place with re-authorization until January of 2011 or later.

    Consent Agenda

    Globally Competitive Students

    GCS 5 State Hearing Review Officers APPROVED the State Hearing Review Officers.

    Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

    Business/Finance and Advocacy

    TCS 5 Pre-Approval of Financial And Business Services’ Policy Manuals APPROVED 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.

    Committee Meeting: No Discussion.

    Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

    Action and Discussion Agenda

    Superintendent’s Report

    -Dr. June Atkinson: 3rd Webinar – June 10, 2010 from 3-4 PM, Dr. Lynn Johnson. Register for webinar on website.

    Chairman’s Remarks

    -Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

    • Thanked those who participated in Race for the Top
    • Legislative Update: July Board Meeting
    • Work Session in October, TBA

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