This’ll just take a second….

This is a bit off the beaten path, but I am hoping you won’t mind my bringing a few noteworthy points to your attention before you delve into the 4 new posts below…

Firstly, if you have not yet noticed, the url of this site is slightly different.

Instead of the rather lengthy  http://www.nceducation.wordpress.com….

Our New Web Address is:

http://www.nceducationpolicy.com

******So, make sure you BOOK MARK our new URL now******

But no need worry…. The old address will still work just fine.  No one’s

Moved Your Cheese...”

More importantly, as we approach the new – and what will certainly be an extremely long – Long Legislative Session, our goal – the purpose of http://www.nceducationpolicy.com – has not changed .  We hope to provide a timely, accurate, no frills/no spin connection to whats going on in the world of North Carolina Education Policy.

But there’s a critical component missing. Input, feedback, and direction from our readers.  Any alternative would incomplete, one-sided, and stagnant; and well, that’s not how we roll.

We’re gonna keep blogging.  The previews and the summaries will keep coming.  But before we really get rolling again…

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Is this blog as useful to you as it could be?

What would you like to see more (or less) of?

Are there specific topics you would like to see highlighted?

Please, take a few minutes and give us a piece of your mind

We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Thank you and KEEP READING.

Remember to Vote November 2nd,

Joel Maynard

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NC More at Four Evaluation

 

Evaluation of the North Carolina More at Four Pre-kindergarten Program: 

Performance and Progress in the Seventh Year – 2007-2008


Executive Summary

Full Report

 

NC More At Four Evaluation Website


Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee Summary

 

A Study of Structure and Organization of the State Board of Education, State Superintendent of Instruction, and Department of Public Instruction

January 27, 2009

 

The Appropriations Act of 2008 directed the Program Evaluation Division to study the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Linda Recio, representing Evergreen Solutions, presented the findings, of the study, to the Committee. The report included 23 Commendations and 43 Recommendations. The major findings are: 1) the diffused leadership of public education has created a dysfunctional and confusing system of governance; 2) the State Board of Education lacks appropriate information to facilitate decision making, oversight, accountability and policy making for public education. A dashboard is needed to monitor success; and 3) the Department of Public Instruction needs additional restructuring and improved operational efficiency.

The State Board of Education commendations include some of the following:  the SBE structure establishes stability and continuity in governance with an effective subcommittee structure and the highly visible profile of the State Board of Education Chairman. In addition, the Education Cabinet needs be revitalized to address issues and establish policies across the continuum of pre-K-20 education.

The Department of Public Instruction commendations include some of the following: the Performance Management Tool used by DPI will provide the State Board with information to effectively monitor goals and indicators. In addition, there is a concerted effort to better serve educators across the state. Also, the Department recognizes the need to better plan and coordinate professional development.

North Carolina is one of 11 states that have a governance model with a State Board of Education appointed by the Governor and an independently elected State Superintendent. However, North Carolina is the only state where the state constitution authorized the State Board to actually administer and supervise the public education system. This is a critical distinction, and therefore is the controlling element regarding State Board governance and the role of the State Superintendent.

The report includes recommendations to the State Board to resolve the current governance structure, leadership of public education, and management of DPI involving the chairman of the State Board, State Superintendent, and the Deputy State Superintendent that currently diffuses responsibility and hinders effectiveness and accountability. Other recommendations in the report include; Legislation should be enacted to define the expectations for attendance and other responsibilities of the State Board members. The State Board should also be redirected to be strategically focused by using the balanced score card and the dashboard. 

The report includes recommendations for the Department of Public Instruction and some of those are; further reorganization of DPI, the development of procedures to ensure collaboration, communications, and accountability throughout DPI as well as the expansion of communication channels with administrators in the field.

It is estimated the implementation of these recommendations would result in an annual budget savings of approximately $400,000 to the State Board and DPI.

The complete list of commendations and recommendations can be found in the report.

Link to the full report:

http://www.ncleg.net/PED/Reports/documents/Ed/Ed_Report.pdf

A Study of Structure and Organization of the State Board of Education, State Superintendent of Instruction and Department of Public Instruction

January 27th, 2009 – Program Evaluation Committee

The Appropriations Act of 2008 directed the Program Evaluation Division to study the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction. Evergreen Solutions performed the study under contract to the Legislative Services Commission. Major findings are: 1) the diffused leadership of public education has created a dysfunctional and confusing system of governance; 2) the State Board lacks appropriate information to facilitate decision making, oversight, accountability and policy making for public education. A dashboard is needed to monitor success; and 3) the Department of Public Instruction needs additional restructuring and improved operational efficiency. Recommendations address each of the major findings.

Links to meeting documents:

Executive Summary

Final Report

Presentation to the Committee

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