Summary of November State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, November 3, 4, 2010

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in committees.  They began with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership for Innovation Committee, and finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they met to vote.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • GCS 1 Future-Ready OCS: Proposed Change to Mathematics Graduation Requirement The State Board APPROVED the recommendation that students participating in the FR-OCS be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the career/technical education course, Personal Finance (7066) for OCS Financial Management. Students in this program must complete three mathematics courses. They are required to complete: OCS Introduction to Mathematics, OCS Algebra I, and OCS Financial Management. DPI recommends students participating in this course of study, be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the Career and Technical Education Course, Personal Finance, for OCS Financial Management. The Personal Finance Course aligns very closely with the OCS Course and both were developed using Blooms Taxonomy. The applied Mathematics II course, while not designed for students with disabilities, is helpful in teaching students, practical application. This will assist students in completing their graduation requirements and will also make it easier for school systems to comply with federal requirements of having a highly qualified teacher in every core content class.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

  • GCS 2 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board APPROVED staff recommendations for changes to amend Textbook Policies GCS-H-000, GCS-H-002 and GCS-H-007. The revisions are primarily to streamline the language. The proposed policy changes are as follows; GCS-H-00 will be changed to require the schedule for the evaluation process to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document, GCS-H-002 will require the procedures for the regional textbook evaluation to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document, and GCS-H-007 is revised as the “Textbook and Evaluation Adoption” policy. A copy of this policy will be available online in the Executive Summary link.

Committee Meeting: Brief overview, no further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 2010-2011 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for English Language Arts for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina The State Board APPROVED the invitation for evaluation and adoption of textbooks. The invitation is for English/Language Arts and includes rules and regulations based on General Statutes, Administrative Code, and State Board Policy that govern the adoption process.

Committee Meeting Board member Tate asked about the efforts to move to more digital books. Staff is expecting digital proposals, but until all students have access to computers it makes it hard to convert to all digital. Staff indicated digital adoptions have occurred with Career and Technical courses, primarily.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Credit Recovery The State Board reviewed the proposed amended policy Credit recovery has become increasingly difficult due to the expansion of courses and delivery methods. Credit recovery may be for full course recovery or partial recovery courses. Policy changes will be implemented for 2011-2012 school year. The policy has seven new defining and clarifying sections; 1) definition of the term “credit recovery,” refers to a block of instruction less than the entire Standard Course of Study which means  credit recovery delivers a subset of the actual course to address student deficiencies, 2) define “repeating a course for credit” will be used to refer to high school course repeated via any delivery method when the Standard Course of study for the course is being taught for a second time, 3) define “repeating a course of credit” will allow students to receive a grade and take the associated EOC. Students who have already made a Level III of IV may use the score as 25 percent of the final grade or retake the test. If the student retakes the test then the higher of the two scores will be used in calculating the final grade, 4) LEAs shall give a pass/fail for each credit recovery course and this will not impact a student’s GPA, 5) students who wish to modify their GPA may repeat the course for credit and not seek a credit recovery solution, 6) local boards may not limit the number of credit recovery courses taken by a student prior to graduation, 7) the EOC test associated with credit recovery shall be administered upon completion of the credit recovery course and no later than 30 calendar days. There is also a “Credit Recovery” briefing paper and a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. The documents are included in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of the preview.

Committee Meeting: Extensive discussion was held about the process for developing the policies under consideration. The purpose for the policy is get consistency across the LEAs with credit recovery since many different things are occurring in the field. Members discussed whether credit recovery should be allowed for course failings due to attendance problems. A question was raised about the NC High School Athletic Association’s position on the policy and credit recovery. Members were told they support the proposal. Board members had many questions including why LEAs do not participate in credit recovery. Is there a way to require LEAs to offer credit recovery? The SBE can set their policy to require LEAs to use the program. The difficulty arises with, making course schedules, the need for additional supervisory personnel for the program, and the fiscal impact for providing credit recovery (including the cost of the courses). Board members want to see it in all NC high schools, since it should improve the graduation rate. The graduation rate is an important issue for the success of high schools and their students and is part of NC education goals.

  • GCS 5 Blue Ribbon Task Force Report on Studying Impacts of Raising Compulsory Attendance Age State Board members reviewed the report required by the 2010 Session Law. The task force studied the impact of raising the compulsory attendance age to 17 or 18. Four questions were posed for a response. The report shall be submitted by November 15th to Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and Graduation as well as the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The complete report can be accessed by following the link to the Executive Summary listed above. Key Recommendations: 1) increasing the attendance age can only be successful if supplemental programs are in place targeting at-risk students, 2) a larger more comprehensive study should be conducted within the context of law enforcement and juvenile justice, 3) eight pilot programs should be  conducted, one in each region of the state giving the LEAs the flexibility to develop the pilot based on the unique needs of their student body and, 4) regardless of the whether the age is raised, consistent ongoing teacher training supplemental programs relevant to students and curriculum material are critical. The conclusion in the report states North Carolina needs to improve on successes of the past in providing students with skills and habits to meet and exceed graduation requirements. The system needs to improve by examining current practices and policies, hiring and retaining great teachers and leaders along with working with businesses and other agencies. A copy of the report is available in GCS5 at the link, noted at the beginning of the preview.

Committee Meeting: A Blue Ribbon Task Force was appointed and met two times to respond to the legislative study. The main recommendation was for another task force to be appointed and spend one year studying the overall impact (including fiscal) of this change. Twenty-six states have an age of 18 for attendance, 8 states have 17 years of age, and 24 states have 16 years of age. One issue raised was will increasing the attendance age increase the graduation rate and if you don’t change your practice for at-risk students they will just disrupt learning for everyone. Eight LEAs in Florida had pilots to increase the attendance age. Staff reported these were very successful. There appears to be grass roots support to increase the age. The task force recommended pilots in eight regions of the State. The report is due November 15th. Board member McDevitt said the lack of a clear recommendation to change the age was simply we “kicking the can down the street,” and the SBE needed to either phase-in the compulsory attendance age increase or require it on a date certain. Dr. Atkinson noted the cover letter with the report could indicate the board’s determination to move forward and increase the age for attendance. Dr. Harrison asked if the Blue Ribbon Task Force, could expand the group with people from NCASA, NCSBA, and NCAE, and finish their work in 6 months answering many of the questions left unsettled with the two Fall meetings. Chairman Harrison requested the Task Force review the states with higher age attendance requirements to determine whether raising the attendance age is effective in increasing the graduation rates and if there are any other issues to be addressed with this age change.

  • GCS 6 Senate Bill 66 Arts Education Task Force Recommendations The State Board  reviewed the report from the Arts Education Task Force that was appointed this year to address several issues. The issues considered were as follows; 1) policies to implement arts education in public schools including an art requirement in grades k-5, 2) availability of all four arts disciplines in grades 6-8, with students required to take one arts course in each school year, and 3) the availability of electives in the arts at the high school level. In addition, the Task Force shall look at a high school graduation requirement in the arts and further development of the A+ Schools Program.  Recommendations shall be submitted to JLEOC by December 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Garland discussed the report. They reviewed adding an arts course as a graduation requirement and looked at A+ schools expansion. They studied the information on arts education in elementary and middle schools. They plan to complete their report on December 1 to submit to the legislature. The report includes several recommendations: 1) implement K-5 arts instruction every year, 2) no consensus was reached on requiring an arts course for graduation from high school, 3) broaden the A+ schools program through a phase in approach, 4) expand arts exposure for all students and teachers using community resources. Other recommendations include staff development in the arts for all staff, accountability by creating incentives for schools to include arts education, funding resources should be identified, and arts integration personnel are needed at DPI and for the A+ schools.  Board members were told 75 percent of high school students already take a high school arts course, annually.

  • GCS 7 K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards The State Board discussed Version 2 of the Social Studies standards. The Standards are available for feedback though November 10th. They can be found at http://www.publicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2.

Committee Meeting: Staff presented an overview of the latest Social Studies curriculum draft. The National Council of Social Studies states: Social Studies is the “integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” Over the past eighteen months staff and others have prepared this latest draft for the curriculum. A draft released earlier this year had major changes and was met with very negative responses from the community including the legislature. Literacy standards are embedded in the social studies program as well as character education, NAEP standards, and financial components. Extensive feedback was received before completion of this latest version. The instruction will begin in K-3 with establishing the foundation for Social Studies, 4th grade will be a study of North Carolina, 5th grade US History, 6th grade World Geography, History and Culture, Beginnings of society through the first Global Age, 7th grade Modern Civilization, Global Convergence through the present, 8th grade is NC and US History, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade will have two US History courses (Part 1 and 2), Civics and Economics, and World History. The plan is to require four History courses for graduation (presently there are only 3 courses required). The intent is to include new electives related to History: Psychology, Sociology, 21st Century Geography, The Cold War, Turning Points in American History, 20th Century Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, World Humanities Seminar, and American Humanities Seminar. As part of the accountability for the new curriculum they plan to use an essay test rather than the standard multiple choice. They are recommending a “documents-based” exam to test the student’s knowledge of early founding documents (Federalist Papers). They could have these exams ready as soon as 2012, and they would use teachers from other districts to grade the papers. This would address the concern about the multiple choice bubble tests that do not require critical thinking. Input is still being received on this draft through November 10th.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:00 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Beginning Teacher Support Program The State Board APPROVED changes to the Board policy regarding the Beginning Teacher Support Program. Each LEA develops a program/plan for beginning teachers, which is approved by the local board, reviewed, and monitored. There are a series of changes to Policy TCP-A-004, including, but not limited to, the five-year formal review and an annual review process as recommended by the mentor task force. Other changes in the policy address changing the word Individual Growth Plan to the Professional Development Plan. Other changes include working conditions for beginning teachers, local board plan approval, annual peer review and information on the five–year formal reporting requirements. A copy of the policy is available at the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Committee Meeting: The policy will provide needed changes and support for beginning teachers. Board members requested information on the number of teachers who complete three years of teaching, but fail to get their Professional 2 license.

Discussion

  • TCP 2 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements The State Board is requested to approve the actions related to each request. The panel recommendations are presented to the SBE in closed session.

Leadership For Innovation Committee Meeting (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Final Decision in Contested Case
    • North Carolina Marine Sciences High School, Inc. (Cape Lookout) 10 EDC 1104 The State Board issued a final agency decision in the contested case. The State Board decided to non-renew the charter for Cape Lookout. The administrative law judge recommended renewing the charter for Cape Lookout through June 30, 2012. The respondent has filed exceptions. This is a closed session item.

Board Meeting: Move to amend the ALJ findings and reject their decision and reaffirm the SBE decision to close Cape Lookout due to excessive dropouts.

New Business

  • Technical Readiness for Online Assessment:
  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report: Brian Setser presented on NCVPS and mobile learning. Mobile lessons for online courses was tested this fall. The SAT prep lesson was piloted. There is also a list through NCVPS of mobile course options.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (2:10 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Expansion Request The State Board APPROVED the expansion budget needs as listed. The expansion budget requests for 2011-2013 are due to OSBM on November 12, 2010. There is a list of nine expansion items: 1) $304,774,366-LEA Adjustment/Discretionary Reduction, 2) $19,722,637-Ready Set Go-Fund all 8th graders to take EXPLORE assessment, 10th graders to take PLAN, and 11th graders to take ACT. Also funding for “Boot Camp,” and alternate assessments, 3) $477,267-Restore Governor’s School funding, 4) $247,650-Web Services-fund the public schools website, 5) $173,421 Internal Audit-add two internal auditors, 6) $995,300 Learn and Earn High Schools, 7) $41,156-Technology Services Time Tracking, 8) $589,210 Update Wiring in education building, 9) $20,000,000-Healthy Student’s Initiative by supporting school lunch programs. The expansion items total $347,021,007. In calculating the 5, 10 and 15 percent cuts to public schools the amounts were included in the documents. The amount for 5 percent is $418,512,811, 10 percent is $837,025,621 and 15 percent is $1,255,538,432 and these figures do not include the $304 million of the discretionary cut. The cuts to DPI for the percentages are as follows: $2,164,334, $4,328,668, and $6,493,002. A complete copy of these documents is in the Executive Summary link.

Committee Meeting: Philip Price reviewed the budget issues for board members. School districts have a recurring $304 million annual reversion required. In 2010, the LEAs returned 3,200 teaching positions as well as principals, assistant principals, and instructional support personnel to meet this annual cut. Staff has taken the $304 million and added the requested 5 percent reduction for a total of $700 million equaling a 9 percent reduction. There was no recommendation on specifically where the cuts can be made for the upcoming budget session. If you remove all teachers from possible cuts more than 50 percent of the state public school fund is spent on teachers and this would only leave 50 percent of the budget for major cuts. Personnel will definitely be impacted to reach meet the potential cuts requested of 5, 10, and 15 percent. The State deficit could be as high as $3.6 billion next school year. The deficit includes the federal stimulus funds no longer available to the states, State taxes that expire, and over $400 million in non-recurring cuts placed back in the public school budget for 2010-2011, such as textbooks. At DPI every 5 percent cut will require cutting 25 jobs. All state agency cuts are due by Friday, November 5 to the state budget office. Questions were raised about the expansion items included in this item. The expansion items are listed above and the main question dealt with the “Boot Camp” funding and the name change of the program.

Board Meeting: Expansion items must be made in priority order by mid-November. The Board voted to approve the list as presented by staff without further discussion.

  • TCS 2 Revisions to Benefits and Employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board APPROVED 17 revisions to policy TCP-D-003. Changes are being made to the following sections: 1.1.9– Define “bona fide volunteer” 1.1.12 Clarify definition of immediate family for FMLA, 3.1.3 Coordinate FMLA changes for vacation leave, 4.1.2 Clarify when FMLA emergency leave applies for sick leave, 4.1.8 +10 Leave reinstatement change (63 months), 4.2.1 Extended Sick Leave-track license name (media coordinator), 4.3.2 Clarify exhaust available leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.4 Non-family donation of sick leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.7 Voluntary Shared Leave-Unused Leave returned to donors,  5.1.1 Personal Leave-Track license name (media coordinator), 5.1.2 Track changes in statute under personal leave, 8.1.2-28 Track FMLA Regulations & NDAA, 14.1.2 -5 Track Changes in Statute for Probationary Teachers, 14.2.3-11 Add Media Specialist & use Career Status, 15.1.1 Track Changes to Statute School Calendar, 16.1 Legislation eliminated these provisions for retired teacher employment, 16.2.1-5 Track legislation & update data & numbering for employment of retirees. A copy of these changes is available in the Executive Summary link in the opening paragraph under Section TCS 2.

Committee Meeting: Federal law, federal regulations, and state law changes have resulted in the necessary changes listed above. No further discussion.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Schools Selected from Applications for Reading Diagnostic Initiative The State Board APPROVED the list of schools that volunteered and were then chosen to participate in the Reading Diagnostic Program. There are 183 schools participating in Governor Perdues’ Reading Diagnostic Program. There were 27 pilot schools last year and 156 schools were added at the beginning of this year (73 Reading First Schools and 83 invited schools). Invitations were sent to superintendents and others to become part of the initiative. DPI received 368 applications and there is space for 200 more schools to join the program. The new schools will train in November /December and begin the first benchmark assessments in mid-January. A list of the schools is included in the Executive Summary with the link provided in the opening paragraph, Section TCS 3.

Committee Meeting: Staff reviewed the history of the schools who are in the program (information listed above). A new updated list was provided to Board member with a total of 238 schools to be added (38 more). There are more than 1500 elementary schools statewide who can participate in the program. They showed where the schools are in the counties and staff hopes to return next month with more schools depending on funding availability. Fifteen districts do not have any schools in the program. Some of these counties include: Wilkes, Davidson, Randolph, Jones, Johnston, Pender, and Buncombe. Chairman Harrison indicated most, if not all, of the LEAs already have programs they are using or have recently purchased technology and software.  Therefore they do not want to switch at this time. Chairman Harrison has sent word they have one year to show the value of their program before they will have to add schools from their LEA to the new reading diagnostic initiative.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Reappointment or Replacement of Compliance Commission Members, Appointment of a New Chairperson, and Amendments to Policy TCS-B-00 The State Board discussed the recommendations for reappointments and for new members of the Compliance Commission as well as the amendments to policy TCS-B-00. David Jenkins, Martin County, reappointment, Cindy Goodman, Scotland County for reappointment, Heidi Von Dohlen, Buncombe County for reappointment, Wanda Bunch Business Representative for reappointment, replace Max Walser with Kelly Lynn Blain, Person County teacher, and Stewart Hobbs Jr. Stokes Superintendent as Chairman. Policy changes include; 1) Removing authority for Commission to deny appeals of schools that want a field testing exemption for a specific school year, 2) Commission shall meet annually and notification of meetings for State Board is no longer required, 3) Eliminate the absence rule which notes three consecutive absences shall constitute resignation of commission member.

Committee Meeting: Staff presented the names of the individuals listed above for the Compliance Commission and the change to the policy. There are four more names needed and the Board plans to approve all the commission members at their December meeting.

  • TCS 5 DHHS Transition Plan for Organizational Structure and Student Instructional Services at the Residential Schools The State Board reviewed the plans and provide recommendations for the final plan to be approved in December. Effective June 30, 2011, DPI will have responsibility for the total services, staff, programming and facilities at the three NC residential schools. The plan envisions four staff members to serve as the central office for the three schools and to oversee all activities at the schools. The plan must be submitted to several legislative committee of the General Assembly by December 1, 2010. The plan addresses a series of requirements set in Session Law 2010-31. The executive summary contains organizational charts and other documents detailing the plan to be considered by the State Board. This item will be on Action in December.

Committee Meeting: Staff began discussing the work to meet the state law requiring DPI to assume responsibility for the three residential schools in NC. They reviewed the process and all their work with DHHS previously and up to this point. Board members will need to approve the final plans in December. Staff discussed two different plans with respect to the schools. Plan 1 would leave the three schools to serve students as they currently do and then appoint a Human Rights Commission to deal with all grievances. Plan 2 would consolidate the three schools and locate all the students as space permits at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh. The other two schools would be used as resource centers for the students and many of the students at those schools would likely stay in their districts and attend their local school and use the resource center as needed. Organization charts were shared with the Board. Board members discussed the recommendation to consolidate the school at the Governor Morehead School, while Wilson is the newest and largest school and Morganton was recently renovated. Staff indicated it was merely proximity to DPI. Ms. Watson discussed the academic issues with these schools and shared data on reading and math scores for students at the various schools. As an example some of the test scores in the residential schools compared with the scores of similar students in public schools were as much as 20 to 40 percentage points lower in the residential schools. The goal is to improve the scores by 10 percentage points next year. Dr. Ashley and the Transformation group has been asked to evaluate the schools because the scores are so low. The schools will be treated as low-performing schools. There are fifteen hospital schools who will continue to be supervised by DHHS, but DPI is coordinating on the academic aspects of the hospital facilities (i.e.  O’Berry, Whitaker, etc.). In addition, the organization charts are not changing except that each school will have a principal. The director has too many responsibilities running the residential facility to handle academics, and so the principal is needed to manage the student’s instructional program. The Board will also need to provide direction on Plan 1 or 2 with staff soon.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 25 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 15 contracts

Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:30 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Reginald Kenan

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition-Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Science
    • Ms. Judith Jones, Chapel Hill/Carboro Schools
  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Mathematics
    • Ms. Maria Hernandez, Math, NC School of Science in Mathematics
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Mathematics
    • Ms. Amanda Northrup, Haywood County Schools
    • Ms. Rebecca Pearce, Guilford County Schools
    • Ms. Penelope Shockley, Chapel Hill/Carboro
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Science
    • Ms. Zebetta King, Wake County Schools
    • Ms. Amanda McLean, Caldwell County Schools

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Early Childhood Education Study (More At Four) – John Pruitt presented the results of the external evaluation of More at Four Program. Ten years of research in program is not complete. Seventy-five percent of the children being served in More at Four are below the poverty level. The majority of students in More at Four have never been served in any early childhood care setting. The latest study tracked the learning gains of students who started in More at Four through the third grade. Past evaluations have shown high quality pre-kindergarten and having highly qualified teachers in the classroom children show greater gains in knowledge. Learning growth is above average in literacy, language, math and social skills. Longitudinal studies have shown that the program has produced accelerated learning into Kindergarten. The question is “Do these effects persist years after they enter school?” The legislature wanted to find the impact of More at Four children in 3rd grade Reading and Math EOG (four years after the students were left the program). The evaluation indicated children had achieved statistically significant scores compared to similar economically disadvantaged children who were not served in More at Four. The data clearly shows the third grade test scores gap between poor children in the More at Four program and middle class children had significantly been closed by as much as 37 percentage points in Reading (2006-2007), 24 percent Reading (2007-2008) and 31 percent in Math (2006-2008). How do we maximize our investment in pre-K? Strengthen the public Pre-k program for our most vulnerable children. Efforts to align curriculum standards for K-3 and More at Four are critical going forward. The next step is to further evaluate learning growth and this report will be released in early 2011. Random assessment of students may be done in the future, but it has not been done nationally. This would be a significant study. Board members are concerned the charts and data are not clear and needs to be simplified for the legislature and other outside groups. Reading assessment changed and so they were separated, but Math was combined. Questions arose regarding the waiting list and who is eligible to apply for slots in the program. There is a rigorous methodology for admitting children, but there are still waiting lists for the program. Many children are not being served. Funding for the More at Four has been cut $10 million in recent years as well as major cuts to the Smart Start program. The results of the study need to be communicated clearly to members of the public to show the lasting gains for students who enter the More at Four program.

Career College Ready Set Go/Race to the Top Update – Mr. Adam Levinson said the Race to the Top website is being used in the LEAs. He presented an overview of the Race to the Top work. There are many aspects of the effort and they include: ACRE, District Transformation, Education Technology Cloud, and Professional Development Plan. There are two key deadlines: by November 8 each LEA and charter school will submit a detailed scope of work plan and the state scope of work will need to be submitted by November 22 to USED (US Education Department). Communication (website) is critical piece of work and needs to include everyone in education across the State. Twenty-three sessions were recently held to discuss completing the LEA plans across the State.  A presentation will be given to Joint Legislative Education Oversight next week. RTT is a four-year plan with possible modifications in the process as it goes along. Significant contracts will need to be completed to stay on schedule.  The Education Cloud Technology Initiative was presented by Peter Asmar. Key pieces of this project include: equity of access to systems, data tools, having a common platform, and the cost savings associated with shared technology. All LEAs are connected and so there are shared services, and the Cloud will be an opt-in to participate with the technology and software, which will ultimately save substantial funds. The Cloud creates capacity for the LEAs to access technology and programs without significant cost. IT Management, is an example of one program and LEAs can pick and choose different services (opt in process). LEAs only pay for the services they decide to use. Lt. Governor Dalton wants to see access for K-20 so more can be shared, with greater cost savings and efficiency. K-20 synergy is critical to saving funds and linking data. Funding could be provided through the State General Fund to add more software options. Lynn Johnson presented on the Professional Development Initiative. She will employ a system that helps teachers apply the new skills needed and deliver this assistance in a blended approach. The focus is to use the two-year work effort on common core and essential standards, including using the toolkits (NC FALCON) to train teachers and administrators. Formative and Summative Assessments are critical. There is a need to keep changing if it is not working and data will be the driving force for decision-making. Team teach, talk, and make changes. This will be a mindset shift and it must be systemic. Identify distinguished leaders, master principals to participate in regional (4) learning sessions. Staff is now focused on ramping up to hire people to get the work done over the next four years and when four years are gone the contracts for the work are over.

Performance Navigator Update – Mike Martin updated the members. Two things are the primary focus for 2010-2011, modifying what we measure and modifying the targets. The key will be measuring the Race to the Top targets. Some of these targets include the four-year cohort graduation rate, NAEP scores, percent of students scoring on AP exams, participation rates in AP courses, percent of graduates going on to post secondary education, ACT measure, and percent of freshman in one remedial course. Some of the new targets include the following: percent of students excelling on math and reading EOG/EOC (raise targets), low-performing schools, educator evaluation data. Raise the Grade 4 Math target 2.0 points up to 85 for 2010-2011. Grade 4 Reading is increased from 71.6 percent to 74.6 percent for 2010-2011. All the key targets are being increased for this school year. How do we measure low performing schools success?  The plan is to move from using the number of low performing schools to using the number of schools with performance composites below 60. It is important to measure of all of our efforts. Subsequently, the teacher evaluation data will be used to measure the validity and use of the tool with respect to student test scores and growth. The plan is to determine the degree to which the tool is being used effectively in evaluating teachers. Does the teacher evaluation instrument data link with student growth. One board member reminded staff not to leave teachers out who don’t administer EOCs or EOGs in their teaching. These teachers have no student test score data to use in validating their evaluation.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 8 Diagnostic Assessment Review for the 2009-2010 Reading and Math Pilots The State Board will receive information on the 13 schools involved in the Math pilots. The Math assessments used were Assessing Math concepts with Math Perspectives (K-1). The pilot schools were trained in the late Fall 2009 and teachers began benchmarking students with the mid-year assessments. End-of Year assessments were given in May. UNC Chapel Hill evaluated the reading pilot schools and a doctoral candidate evaluated the Math pilot schools. The reports are included in the Executive Summary, which is provided in the link at the beginning of this preview.

Board Meeting: Carolyn Guthrie presented on the pilots (2nd year) on how this program is critical to dropout prevention.  Reading (K,1, and 4) train the trainer to get pilots started. The pilots are centered around technology and how it helps to do these assessments. Formative assessments (used ongoing) are they better with technology?  Overall, the formative assessments got better throughout the school year. Devices prompt you to take action. Math teachers used the data to design math instruction like they do for reading. The data helped them do small centers and math groups. The children were not where they needed to be in the instructional program. It was apparent from using the diagnostic assessments that they need more interventions and diagnosis. Immediate results with technology are important to assist the teacher in understanding where the student is in understanding Math, but it is also important for the teacher to know what to do next. Teacher Academy is helping with this issue. At this time the diagnostic devices are being used with struggling students and they have not had time to work with any of the other students. Assessments are very objective and factual and it guides instruction. Concerns were raised about the time needed to do instruction for struggling children, by themselves in the classroom (no assistants). Time management is an issue. The technology is an issue when it didn’t work either the hardware or the software. Teachers are technology illiterate and they need help troubleshoot technical problems. They are asking for continued support from consultants. The Principal is also critical for the success of this program in providing support to teachers in scheduling and understanding the assessments. A question was raised regarding the fiscal note for expanding the program to all elementary schools across the state. The diagnostic tools including, training, technology-hardware, and software, is $25 million for K-3 statewide.   

  • GCS 9 American Diploma Project (SDP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2010 and Consortium Participation Discussion for 2011 The State Board is requested to provide guidance on the continued involvement of North Carolina in this initiative. Nine of the Consortium states participated in the Algebra II exam, including North Carolina. The test was administered to more than 40,000 students, nationally. A summary of NC’s Spring 2010 participation and 2011 plans will be reviewed. NC’s average scaled score in 2009 was 1,055 and in 2010, 1,058. This score indicates students are still in need of preparation of Algebra II. The overall Consortium score in 2009 was 1,032 and in 2010 1,024. NC had only 14-16 percent of students prepared and 4-5 percent well prepared, while the remaining 81-82 percent are still in need of preparation.

Board Meeting: Dr. Fabrizio said we can’t compare NC data except with Arkansas and Hawaii. NC had the highest mean score and the highest percentages of students prepared in the Consortium. This was the third year for NC and the question is should we continue, with such a weak comparison. Dr. Harrison said NC should continue for another year and expend the $100,000 to participate.

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • GCS 10 Project Management Credential-New NC Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Initiative The State Board is requested to consider development of this credential in 2010-2011, pilot test 2011-2012, field test 2012-2013, Standard Course of Study 2012-2013, CTE Technical Attainment 2013-2014. North Carolina is a member of a 12-state Consortium in which each state will develop and exchange a series of four courses in an emerging career-focused field. The NC Series is Project Management (180 countries-Western Carolina and NC State and Community Colleges within specific courses). This will be offered through specific courses in NC. Students can earn the certified Associates Degree in Project Management and Microsoft Project software certificate. This will help the students in their post secondary education and careers.

Board Meeting: Rebecca Payne presented the various programs being developed by some of the other states. Develop a product, cost benefit plan, prototype and work within the course. Work with the schools and train them in project management.

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 3 2010 Teacher Working Conditions Survey The TWC was conducted in March/April 2010. Further information about the findings from the survey was presented

Board Meeting: Carolyn McKinney attended each of the regional school board training sessions where she learned many local board members do not know about the Teacher Working Conditions Website or http://ncteachingconditions..org

Eric Hirsch reported working conditions do have an impact on student achievement. There is a clear correlation between working conditions and student achievement. Two findings (5th version) from the TWC show teacher leadership is important as well as facility resources. Managing student conduct and community support confirm this link and this is seen even in the highest performing schools. In the lowest performing schools only half agree that parents helping at the school impacts student success. Managing student conduct correlates very well with student success. Leadership support also correlates with student success in the best schools. There are specific questions where there are major differences in the answers to questions between the struggling and successful schools. In the latest review of the TWC it was learned that managing student conduct was the most important issue and significant issue in judging student achievement in the school. Working conditions showed higher achievement in the high schools than middle and elementary schools. Students are achieving at higher levels where student conduct is good and teachers feel safe, and safe school policies are in place. Check out the website for more information.

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 11 Title III AMAO Status Report for 2009-2010 The State Board APPROVED by consent a Summary Report of the LEAs receiving Title III funds to meet as series of AMAO (Annual Measurable Objectives) targets. The three objectives include: 1) percent of students who demonstrate progress in at least one of the subtests on the required state identified English Language proficiency test, 2) annual increase in the percentage of students identified as limited English proficient who attain proficiency on required state tests, 3) percent of student in the LEP subgroup meeting its AYP targets. LEAs that do not meet AMAO targets two years in a row will be required to develop a detailed improvement plan as required by NCLB. Twelve districts including most, if not all, of the largest urban districts have missed the AMAOs four consecutive years or more. Wake, Charlotte, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, Buncombe, and Cumberland are part of the list of the LEAs who have missed targets four consecutive years. If the Title III subgrantee (LEAs) fail to meet AMAO targets four consecutive years, the State Board of Education shall require all Title III groups to modify the curriculum, program, or method of instruction. The complete list of LEAs who missed two, three and four consecutive years can be found in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Board Meeting: No Discussion.

Business/Finance and Advocacy

  • TCS 6 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests The State Board of Education APPROVED calendar waivers for 21 LEAs listed in the Executive Summary by consent. The majority of the Districts are from the western part of the state. The LEAs must meet the criteria of being closed two or more hours, eight or more days of school, in four of the last ten years. The law was modified slightly last year to assist several LEAs who had partial days due to snow. All of these LEAs are recommended for approval by consent.

Board Meeting: No Discussion.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson highlighted the graduation achievement award luncheon. Award presented to DPI from First Century Skills, to recognize work on NC FALCON.

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman read the Resolution on Hurst versus Hammocks Beach Corporation was read by the Chairman. In 1950, Dr. Sharpe deeded 810 acres of coastal property in Onslow County NC, known as “The Hammocks” to the nonprofit Hammocks Beach Corporation in trust for recreational and educational purposes for the use and benefit of the members of the NC Teachers Association. A jury has found that it is impossible to use the trust property and land for the purposes specified and is removing Hammocks Beach Corporation as trustee and appointing the NC State Board of Education as substitute trustee. The SBE voted to approve the Resolution and thereby accepting trusteeship of the property.
  • On another matter a letter has been sent regarding a GED plus recommendation from Hilda Pinnix Ragland whereby16-18 year-olds must take career skill course and SBE should endorse.

Adjourn

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Preview of November State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, November 3, 4, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in committees.  They will begin with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, and finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they will meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Summaries and related documents are on the SBE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/11

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • GCS 1 Future-Ready OCS: Proposed Change to Mathematics Graduation Requirement The State Board is asked to approve the recommendation that students participating in the FR-OCS be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the career/technical education course, Personal Finance (7066) for OCS Financial Management. Students in this program must complete three mathematics courses. They are required to complete: OCS Introduction to Mathematics, OCS Algebra I, and OCS Financial Management. DPI recommends students participating in this course of study, be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the Career and Technical Education Course, Personal Finance, for OCS Financial Management. The Personal Finance Course aligns very closely with the OCS Course and both were developed using Blooms Taxonomy. The applied Mathematics II course, while not designed for students with disabilities, is helpful in teaching students, practical application. This will assist students in completing their graduation requirements and will also make it easier for school systems to comply with federal requirements of  having a highly qualified teacher in every core content class.
  • GCS 2 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board is requested to approve staff recommendations for changes to amend Textbook Policies GCS-H-000, GCS-H-002 and GCS-H-007. The revisions are primarily to streamline the language. The proposed policy changes are as follows; GCS-H-00 will be changed to require the schedule for the evaluation process to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document, GCS-H-002 will require the procedures for the regional textbook evaluation to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document, and GCS-H-007 is revised as the “Textbook and Evaluation Adoption” policy. A copy of this policy will be available online in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 3 2010-2011 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for English Language Arts for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina The State Board is requested to approve the invitation for evaluation and adoption of textbooks. The invitation is for English/Language Arts and includes rules and regulations based on General Statutes, Administrative Code, and State Board Policy that govern the adoption process.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Credit Recovery The State Board is requested to review the proposed amended policy and provide feedback. Credit recovery has become increasingly difficult due to the expansion of courses and delivery methods. Credit recovery may be for full course recovery or partial recovery courses. Policy changes will be implemented for 2011-2012 school year. The policy has seven new defining and clarifying sections; 1) definition of the term “credit recovery,” refers to a block of instruction less than the entire Standard Course of Study which means  credit recovery delivers a subset of the actual course to address student deficiencies, 2) define “repeating a course for credit” will be used to refer to high school course repeated via any delivery method when the Standard Course of study for the course is being taught for a second time, 3) define “repeating a course of credit” will allow students to receive a grade and take the associated EOC. Students who have already made a Level II of IV may use the score as 25 percent of the final grade or retake the test. If the student retakes the test then the higher of the two scores will be used in calculating the final grade. 4) LEAs shall give a pass/fail for each credit recovery course and this will not impact a student’s GPA, 5) students who wish to modify their GPA may repeat the course for credit and not seek a credit recovery solution, 6) local boards may not limit the number of credit recovery course taken by a student prior to graduation, 7) the EOC test associated with credit recovery shall be administered upon completion of the credit recovery course and no later than 30 calendar days. There is also a “Credit Recovery” briefing paper and a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. The documents are included in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of the preview.
  • GCS 5 Blue Ribbon Task Force Report on Studying Impacts of Raising Compulsory Attendance Age State Board members are asked to review the report required by the 2010 Session Law. The task force studied the impact of raising the compulsory attendance age to 17 or 18. Four questions were posed for a response. The report shall be submitted by November 15th to Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and Graduation as well as the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The complete report can be accessed by following the link to the Executive Summary listed above. Key Recommendations: 1) increasing the attendance age can only be successful if supplemental programs are in place targeting at-risk students, 2) a larger more comprehensive study should be conducted within the context of law enforcement and juvenile justice, 3) eight pilot programs should be  conducted, one in each region of the state giving the LEAs the flexibility to develop the pilot based on the unique needs of their student body and, 4) regardless of the whether the age is raised, consistent ongoing teacher training supplemental programs relevant to students and curriculum material are critical. The conclusion in the report states North Carolina needs to improve on successes of the past in providing students with skills and habits to meet and exceed graduation requirements. The system needs to improve by examining current practices and policies, hiring and retaining great teachers and leaders along with working with businesses and other agencies. A copy of the report is available in GCS5 at the link, noted at the beginning of the preview.
  • GCS 6 Senate Bill 66 Arts Education Task Force Recommendations The State Board is requested to review the report from the task force and provide feedback prior to submission of final report to the legislature. A task force was appointed this year to address several issues as a result of SB66. The issues to be considered are as follows; 1) policies to implement arts education in public schools including an art requirement in grades k-5, 2) availability of all four arts disciplines in grades 6-8, with students required to take one arts course in each school year, and 3) the availability of electives in the arts at the high school level. In addition the task force shall look at a high school graduation requirement in the arts and further development of the A+ Schools Program.  Recommendations shall be submitted to JLEOC by December 1, 2010. The report will be sent to board members prior to the board meeting. A copy of the report is not included in the Executive Summary.
  • GCS 7 K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards The State Board is requested to discuss Version 2 of the social studies standards. The Standards are available for feedback though November 10th. They can be found at http://www.publicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2. Policy implications will be addressed with the SBE in November. The plan is to either continue discussion at the December board meeting or approve the standards based on the direction of the State Board.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:00 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Beginning Teacher Support Program The State Board is requested to approve changes to the Board policy regarding the Beginning Teacher Support Program. Each LEA develops a program/plan for beginning teachers, which is approved by the local board, reviewed, and monitored. There are a series of changes to Policy TCP-A-004, including, but not limited to, the five-year formal review and an annual review process as recommended by the mentor task force. Other changes in the policy address changing the word Individual Growth Plan to the Professional Development Plan. Other changes include working conditions for beginning teachers, local board plan approval, annual peer review and information on the five–year formal reporting requirements. A copy of the policy is available at the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Discussion

  • TCP 2 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements The State Board is requested to approve the actions related to each request. The panel recommendations are presented to the SBE in closed session.

 

Leadership For Innovation Committee Meeting (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Final Decision in Contested Case
    • North Carolina Marine Sciences High School, Inc. (Cape Lookout) 10 EDC 1104 The State Board shall issue a final agency decision in the contested case. The State Board decided to non-renew the charter for Cape Lookout. The administrative law judge recommended renewing the charter for Cape Lookout through June 30, 2012. The respondent has filed exceptions. This is a closed session item.

New Business

  • Technical Readiness for Online Assessment
  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

 

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (2:10 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Expansion Request The State Board is requested to discuss future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE 2011-2013 Biennial Budget request. Expansion budget requests for 2011-2013 are due to OSBM on November 12, 2010. There is a list of nine expansion items: 1) $304,774,366-LEA Adjustment/Discretionary Reduction, 2) $19,722,637-Ready Set Go-Fund all 8th graders to take EXPLORE assessment, 10th graders to take PLAN, and 11th graders to take ACT. Also funding for “Boot Camp,” and alternate assessments, 3) $477,267-Restore Governor’s School funding, 4) $247,650-Web Services-fund the public schools website, 5) $173,421 Internal Audit-add two internal auditors, 6) $995,300 Learn and Earn High Schools, 7) $41,156-Technology Services Time Tracking, 8) $589,210 Update Wiring in education building, 9) $20,000,000-Healthy Student’s Initiative by supporting school lunch programs. The expansion items total $347,021,007. In calculating the 5, 10 and 15 percent cuts to public schools the amounts were included in the documents. The amount for 5 percent is $418,512,811, 10 percent is $837,025,621 and 15 percent is $1,255,538,432 and these figures do not include the $304 million of the discretionary cut. The cuts to DPI for the percentages are as follows: $2,164,334, $4,328,668, and $6,493,002. A complete copy of these documents is in the Executive Summary link.
  • TCS 2 Revisions to Benefits and Employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board is recommended to approve 17 revisions to policy TCP-D-003. Changes are being made to the following sections: 1.1.9– Define “bona fide volunteer” 1.1.12 Clarify definition of immediate family for FMLA, 3.1.3 Coordinate FMLA changes for vacation leave, 4.1.2 Clarify when FMLA emergency leave applies for sick leave, 4.1.8 +10 Leave reinstatement change (63 months), 4.2.1 Extended Sick Leave-track license name (media coordinator), 4.3.2 Clarify exhaust available leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.4 Non-family donation of sick leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.7 Voluntary Shared Leave-Unused Leave returned to donors,  5.1.1 Personal Leave-Track license name (media coordinator), 5.1.2 Track changes in statute under personal leave, 8.1.2-28 Track FMLA Regulations & NDAA, 14.1.2 -5 Track Changes in Statute for Probationary Teachers, 14.2.3-11 Add Media Specialist & use Career Status, 15.1.1 Track Changes to Statute School Calendar, 16.1 Legislation eliminated these provisions for retired teacher employment, 16.2.1-5 Track legislation & update data & numbering for employment of retirees. A copy of these changes is available in the Executive Summary link in the opening paragraph under Section TCS 2.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Schools Selected from Applications for Reading Diagnostic Initiative The State Board is requested to approve the list of schools that volunteered and were chosen to participate in the Reading Diagnostic Program. There are 183 schools participating in Governor Perdues’ Reading Diagnostic Program. There were 27 pilot schools last year and 156 schools were added at the beginning of this year (73 Reading First Schools and 83 invited schools). Invitations were sent to superintendents and others to become part of the initiative. DPI received 368 applications and there is space for 200 more schools to join the program. The new schools will train in November /December and begin the first benchmark assessments in mid-January. A list of the schools is included in the Executive Summary with the link provided in the opening paragraph, Section TCS 3.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Reappointment or Replacement of Compliance Commission Members, Appointment of a New Chairperson, and Amendments to Policy TCS-B-00 The State Board is requested to discuss the recommendations for reappointments and for new members of the Compliance Commission as well as the amendments to policy TCS-B-00. David Jenkins, Martin County, reappointment, Cindy Goodman, Scotland County for reappointment, Heidi Von Dohlen, Buncombe County for reappointment, Wanda Bunch Business Representative for reappointment, replace Max Walser with Kelly Lynn Blain, Person County teacher, and Stewart Hobbs Jr. Stokes Superintendent as Chairman. Policy changes include; 1) Removing authority for Commission to deny appeals of schools that want a field testing exemption for a specific school year, 2) Commission shall meet annually and notification of meetings for State Board is no longer required, 3) Eliminate the absence rule which notes three consecutive absences shall constitute resignation of commission member.
  • TCS 5 DHHS Transition Plan for Organizational Structure and Student Instructional Services at the Residential Schools The State Board is asked to review the plans and provide recommendations for the final plan to be approved in December. Effective June 30, 2011, DPI will have responsibility for the total services, staff, programming and facilities at the three NC residential schools. The plan envisions four staff members to serve as the central office for the three schools and to oversee all activities at the schools. The plan must be submitted to several legislative committee of the General Assembly by December 1, 2010. The plan addresses a series of requirements set in Session Law 2010-31. The executive summary contains organizational charts and other documents detailing the plan to be considered by the State Board. This item will be on Action in December.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 25 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 15 contracts

Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:30 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Reginald Kenan

Approval of Minutes

 

Special Recognition-Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Science
    • Ms. Judith Jones, Chapel Hill/Carboro Schools
  • 2009 Awardee in 7-12 Mathematics
    • Ms. Maria Hernandez, Math, NC School of Science in Mathematics
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Mathematics
    • Ms. Amanda Northrup, Haywood County Schools
    • Ms. Rebecca Pearce, Guilford County Schools
    • Ms. Penelope Shockley, Chapel Hill/Carboro
  • 2010 Finalists in K-6 Science
    • Ms. Zebetta King, Wake County Schools
    • Ms. Amanda McLean, Caldwell County Schools

 

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Ø  Career College Ready Set Go/Race to the Top Update – Mr. Adam Levinson

Performance Navigator Update- Mr. Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 8 Diagnostic Assessment Review for the 2009-2010 Reading and Math Pilots The State Board will receive information on the 13 schools involved in the Math pilots. The Math assessments used were Assessing Math concepts with Math Perspectives. The pilot schools were trained in the late Fall 2009 and teachers began benchmarking students with the mid-year assessments. End-of Year assessments were given in May. UNC Chapel Hill evaluated the reading pilot schools and a doctoral candidate evaluated the Math pilot schools. The reports are included in the Executive Summary, which is provided in the link at the beginning of this preview.
  • GCS 9 American Diploma Project (SDP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2010 and Consortium Participation Discussion for 2011 The State Board is requested to provide guidance on the continued involvement of North Carolina in this initiative. Nine of the Consortium states participated in the Algebra II exam, including North Carolina. The test was administered to more than 40,000 students, nationally. A summary of NC’s Spring 2010 participation and 2011 plans will be reviewed. NC’s average scaled score in 2009 was 1,055 and in 2010, 1,058. This score indicates students are still in need of preparation of Algebra II. The overall Consortium score in 2009 was 1,032 and in 2010 1,024. NC had only 14-16 percent of students prepared and 4-5 percent well prepared, while the remaining 81-82 percent are still in need of preparation.

State Board of Career and Technical Education

  • GCS 10 Project Management Credential-New NC Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Initiative The State Board is requested to consider development of this credential in 2010-2011, pilot test 2011-2012, field test 2012-2013, Standard Course of Study 2012-2013, CTE Technical Attainment 2013-2014. North Carolina is a member of a 12-state Consortium in which each state will develop and exchange a series of four courses in an emerging career-focused field. The NC Series is Project Management. Students can earn the certified Associates Degree in Project Management and Microsoft Project software certificate. This will help the students in their post secondary education and careers.

21st Century Professionals

  • TCP 3 2010 Teacher Working Conditions Survey The TWC was conducted in March/April 2010. Further information about the findings from the survey will be presented to the State Board for continued discussion.

Consent Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 11 Title III AMAO Status Report for 2009-2010 The State Board is requested to approve by consent a Summary Report of the LEAs receiving Title III funds to meet as series of AMAO (Annual Measurable Objectives) targets. The three objectives include: 1) percent of students who demonstrate progress in at least one of the subtests on the required state identified English Language proficiency test, 2) annual increase in the percentage of students identified as limited English proficient who attain proficiency on required state tests, 3) percent of student in the LEP subgroup meeting its AYP targets. LEAs that do not meet AMAO targets two years in a row will be required to develop a detailed improvement plan as required by NCLB. Twelve districts including most, if not all, of the largest urban districts have missed the AMAOs four consecutive years or more. Wake, Charlotte, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, Buncombe, and Cumberland are part of the list of the LEAs who have missed targets four consecutive years. If the Title III subgrantee (LEAs) fail to meet AMAO targets four consecutive years, the State Board of Education shall require all Title III groups to modify the curriculum, program, or method of instruction. The complete list of LEAs who missed two, three and four consecutive years can be found in the Executive Summary link at the beginning of this preview.

Business/Finance and Advocacy

  • TCS 6 LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests The State Board of Education is requested to approve calendar waivers for 21 LEAs listed in the Executive Summary by consent. The majority of the Districts are from the western part of the state. The LEAs must meet the criteria of being closed two or more hours, eight or more days of school, in four of the last ten years. The law was modified slightly last year to assist several LEAs who had partial days due to snow. All of these LEAs are recommended for approval by consent.

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

New Business

Old Business

 

Adjourn

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Preview of October State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, October 6, 7, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in committees.  They will begin with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, and finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they will meet to vote. Access to the SBE Executive Summaries and related documents are on the SBE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/10

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • GCS 1 Approval Five Indicators of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The State Board is requested to approve the major components of the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term Longitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness. The information, including the five indicators was not included in the documents.

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 2 Compliance Commission Recommendations for Field Testing and Special Studies Appeals for the 2010-2011 School Year The SBE is asked to approve the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding appeals to field testing for 2010-2011. Three schools requested appeals for field testing; Scotland County-Scotland County High School of Visual and Performing Arts, Wake County-Garner High School, Weldon City Schools-Weldon STEM High School. All three of these schools are involved in the Lexile Linking Test. The Compliance Commission has recommended denying all three appeals listed above. Staff recommends the SBE supporting Compliance Commission denials.
  • GCS 3 Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study: Course Title Changes and Proposed Extended Temporary Waiver of Paid Employment Graduation Requirement The State Board is requested to extend the waiver for the paid employment graduation requirement that was granted last year. Students in the Future-Ready Courses for OCS are required to complete 300 hours of supervised school-based vocational training, 240 hours of community-based vocational training, and 360 hours of competitive paid employment in an integrated employment setting. The students must be compensated for their employment above the Federal minimum hourly wage. The current economic conditions have made it difficult, if not impossible, for students to complete their employment requirements. If the employment requirement stays in place many students with disabilities will be denied a diploma. If granted, the waiver will allow students graduating in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 to substitute 360 hours of additional unpaid vocational training, unpaid internships, paid employment and community rehabilitation and volunteer and/or community service hours for the 360 hours of paid employment ( required). The recommendations with the waiver granted will now require a total of 900 hours of vocational training and/or employment to receive a NC diploma. LEAs will be required to maintain documentation of their efforts to assist students to secure paid employment through referrals to various organizations in the state. Evidence of the interagency collaboration and referrals shall be documented on the student’s transition component of their IEP.

Discussion

  • GCS 4 Future-Ready OCS: Proposed Change to Mathematics Graduation Requirement The State Board will discuss substitution of mathematics courses for Future-Ready OCS students. Students in this program must complete three mathematics courses. They are required to complete: OCS Introduction to Mathematics, OCS Algebra I, and OCS Financial Management. DPI recommends students participating in this course of study be allowed to substitute the mathematics course, Applied Mathematics II or the Career and Technical Education Course, Personal Finance, for OCS Financial Management. The Personal Finance Course aligns very closely with the OCS Course and both were developed using Blooms Taxonomy. The applied Mathematics II course, while not designed for students with disabilities, is helpful in teaching students practical application. This will assist students in completing their graduation requirements and will also make it easier for school systems to comply with federal requirements of having a highly qualified teacher in every core content class. This will be an Action item on November SBE agenda.
  • GCS 5 Textbook Evaluation Policies The State Board will review staff recommendations for changes to Textbook Policies GCS-H-000, GCS-H-002 and GCS-H-007. The revisions are primarily to streamline the language. The SBE will review the proposed policy changes. GCS-H-00 will be changed to require the schedule for the evaluation process to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document. GCS-H-002 will require the procedures for the regional textbook evaluation to be included in the “Invitation to Submit Textbooks” document. GCS-H-007 is revised as the “Textbook and Evaluation Adoption” policy. A copy of this policy will be available online with the posting listed at the beginning of this preview.

Healthy Responsible Students (11:50 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

  • HRS 1 Schools At Risk of Being Labeled Persistently Dangerous The State Board is requested to approve staff’s recommendation related to the three schools identified by policy as persistently dangerous. The schools are Wake County-Longview School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg-Metro School, and Union County-South Providence School. Each of these schools has reported 0.5 or more violent criminal offenses per 100 students during each of the two most recent school years. DPI is recommending the three schools be placed on probationary status and monitored by the Federal Program Monitoring Division for the 2010-2011 school year.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:15 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Revision of Board Policy to Reflect Changes in the Beginning Teacher Support Program The State Board is requested to discuss changes to the Board policy regarding beginning teacher support. Each LEA develops a program/plan for beginning teachers, which is approved, reviewed, and monitored. There are a series of changes to Policy TCP-A-004, including, but not limited to, the five-year formal review and an annual review process as recommended by the mentor task force. Other changes in the policy address the Professional Development Plan, working conditions for beginning teachers, local board plan approval, annual peer review and information on the five–year formal reporting requirements. A copy of the policy is available at the link listed in the first paragraph of this document.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (1:50 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants The State board is requested to approve the following grants:
    • Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant- Five new projects totaling $1.45 million are requested for approval. These projects are associated with the following LEAs: Catawba Schools, Durham Schools, McDowell Schools (and 8 other counties), Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and Scotland Schools. Ten other school systems presented proposals for funding, but were not funded.
    • Education Jobs Fund (EduJobs) Program NC will likely receive $298,458,355 to retain existing employees, to recall or rehire employees, and to hire new employees to provide education and education related services. Any school based personnel may be charged to the grant. The Governor may hold 2 percent of the funds. The balance of $292,489,188 will be distributed to LEAs and will be available until September 30, 2012, though funds are to be used for 2010-2011 school year. The estimate allocation for each LEA can be found at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/arra/edujobs/educjobsallocation.xls
    • Race to the Top (RttT) Program Funds NC will receive an allocation of just over $399 million. The funds will be used to continue the implementation of the Governor’s Career and College, Ready, Set, Go! program. This includes: 1) recruiting and retaining quality teachers and administrators, 2) a comprehensive turnaround plan for low-performing schools, and 3) 21st Century technology for assessing students’ needs.
      • TCS 2 Excused Absences for Religious Observances The State Board is asked to make changes and modifications to the Schools Attendance and Student Accounting Manual to handle excused absences for religious reasons. Session law requires principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each academic year for religious observances required by a student’s faith or student’s parent’s faith. DPI is modifying the School Attendance and Student Accounting Manual and though the SBE may require a student’s parents to provide the principal written notice of the request for an excused absence prior to the religious observance, DPI is recommending the SBE not require prior notice by a parent.

Discussion

  • TCS 3 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Expansion Request The State Board is requested to discuss future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Request. Expansion budget request for 2011-2013 are due to OSBM on November 12, 2010. No information was included in the Board packet for this item.
  • TCS 4 Revisions to Benefits and employment Policy Manual 2010-11 for Public School Employees The State Board will discuss revisions to policy TCP-D-003. Changes are being made to the following sections: 1.1.9– Define “bona fide volunteer” 1.1.12 Clarify definition of immediate family for FMLA, 3.1.3 Coordinate FMLA changes for vacation leave, 4.1.2 Clarify when FMLA exigency leave applies for sick leave, 4.1.8 +10 Leave reinstatement change (63 months), 4.3.2 Clarify exhaust available leave under voluntary shared leave, 4.3.4 Non-family donation of sick leave under voluntary shared leave, 5.1.2 Track changes in statute under personal leave, 8.1.2-28 Track FMLA Regulations & NDAA, 14.1.2 -5 Track Changes in Statute for Probationary Teachers, 14.2.3-11 Add Media Specialist & use Career Status, 15.1.1 Track Changes to Statute School Calendar, 16.1 Legislation eliminated these provisions for retired teacher employment, 16.2.1-5 Track legislation & update data & numbering for employment of retirees. Action on these items will be taken at the November SBE meeting.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 17 contracts listed.

Contracts under $25,000 – 7 contracts listed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. John Tate

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Leadership Academy Initiative Update – Ms. Leslie Winner, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

  • NCVPS/LEO Update – Dr. Bryan Setser, Executive Director, NC Virtual Public School.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

Consent Agenda

  • GCS 6 Changes to the 2009-20010 ABCs/AYP Results The State Board is requested to approve changes to the 2009-2010 ABC’s/AYP Report. The proposed changes are for Grey Culbreth Middle in Chapel Hill-Carboro, from not met to met AYP, and Quality Education Academy Charter, from not met to met AYP. The ABC changes include: Community High School in Buncombe from NoRecognition to EXPected growth and Grey Culbreth from EXCellent High to HonorsSchoolofExcellence High, and Quality Education Academy from Unresolved to HonorsSchoolofExcellence High.
  • GCS 7 Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABC’s Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program The SBE reports annually by October 15th to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the continued implementation of the ABCs plan. The report contains 94 pages of data on ABCs in schools across the state. The report is contained in the State Board documents listed at the beginning of this preview.

Information Agenda

  • HRS 2 Care of Students with Diabetes Compliance Report The State Board is required to report all schools in compliance with the laws related to the Care of School Students with Diabetes. Four additional questions were added to the Annual School Health Survey this year. The report provided the following information: 100 percent of the LEAs reported on the survey and of those 91 percent offer generalized diabetes training, 85.5 percent had an IHP (Individual Health Plan) completed by the school nurse for students with diabetes, and 96.5 percent had a least two people intensively trained on diabetes care at each school where students with diabetes were enrolled. Charter Schools had only 49 percent participation with 42 percent offering generalized training to school staff, 64 percent had an IHP completed by a nurse for students with diabetes, and 89 percent of charter schools with one or more students had two persons intensively trained at the school, in diabetes care. Only half of the charter schools reported since the reporting request for them was new this year and they indicated they were unaware of the diabetes legislation and the reporting requirement. The School Health Nurse Consultants in the School Health Unit of the Division of Public Health are available to provide on-going consultation and technical assistance to any school with school health matters, including meeting the requirements of SB 738/911.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson:

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman
    • Race to the Top
    • Legislative Update

New Business

Old Business

Adjourn

Summary of September State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, September 1, 2, 2010

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in committees. They met as a State Board on Thursday, September 2, 2010 to vote on the Action issues.  Access to the SBE Executive Summaries and related documents are on the SBE website at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/09.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 1 Changes and Clarifications to Policy GCS-A-012: Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for NCLB Title III APPROVED amendments to policy GCS-A-012. North Carolina has two years of data from ACCESS for ELLS© assessment used for determining Title III Annual Measurable Objectives criteria and targets. DPI has worked with individuals from Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Staff has examined the scoring and ranking with the assistance of these two groups and is requesting State Board approval this month, to allow schools to meet the federal timeline of notifying parents for eligibility for services to LEP students. Students who attain proficiency will exit the LEP program.

Committee Meeting: No further discussion.

Discussion

  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE discussed the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term longitudinal growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. This item will be on the SBE agenda for Action in October.

Committee Meeting: Angela Quick and Dr. Garland presented a chart on the Diagnostics recommendations for K-12. The pilot RFP was awarded to Wireless Generation 3D (August 31) to provide a reading diagnostic system for K-5. This software provides the best match with the NC Reading curriculum. Teachers in K-2 will be trained to use the device and software.  Then they will be able to assess individual students by having them read something and ask questions. If the student scores proficient they will only be tested three times annually. If they are not proficient they will require interventions, as recommended by the software, and be tested continuously, until they are successful in reaching a certain benchmark on the assessment. The diagnostic software will only be used with students in grades 4 and 5 who are not proficient on the Reading EOGs. Teacher Academy will provide the training for the electronic testing software and devices.  At this time, there is no diagnostic software that can be used for Math, because the curriculum does not match the software diagnostics reviewed so far.   Right now there is only one Math pilot in the State. Unfortunately, the Wireless 3D Math software assessment does not match the NC Math curriculum, so until a better match is found Reading will be area where the use of the new electronic devices will be used for elementary students. The State Board policy will allow other electronic diagnostic assessments to be used for Reading. The Reading pilots will be in approximately 66 identified low-performing elementary schools across the State. Staff is hoping to fund the pilot in average performing schools as well. This will allow a comparison to be made between the low-performing schools and average schools on the effectiveness of the diagnostic assessment. The legislature approved $10 million, this year, in recurring funding to purchase the electronic devices, software, and training to pilot the program. Some schools are already using computer diagnostic programs to assess student needs. LEAs will have the ability to determine the hardware they would like to use to implement the 3D software assessment. A question was raised on the cost to implement this electronic diagnostic Reading program statewide. The answer will be provided by DPI staff. Teachers will be conducting these assessments during the instructional day.

Dr. Garland presented the middle and high school assessment recommendations beginning with Explorer, which tests students in English, Reading, Math, and Science in 8th grade. Ninth and tenth graders will take “Plan,” which tests the same subjects. Then in 11th grade the ACT will be administered to students, during the school day. Those students who are not successful at this point will attend Summer Academic Boot Camp and take the “Compass” test in 12th grade to determine if they are Career or College Ready. The tests planned for use in Grades 8-12 are all part of the ACT suite of tests. It was reported that 76 percent of students who reach the ACT benchmarks are more likely to reach college readiness. Students will continue to take the EOGs and EOCs, but staff is reviewing these to determine if they can reduce the requirements based on adding these new assessments.  Specifically, they are reviewing US History. Staff will likely recommend keeping the 25% of grade based on EOGs and EOC’s test scores in Grades 6 through 12. The metric target for ACT and SAT will be used for school accountability. The ACT test is being recommended because it is more curriculum-based than the SAT. Students will still be allowed to take the SAT as they do now and if they reach a metric number set by the State the school will get credit for their success. Institutions of higher education use the ACT for college entrance so the move to the ACT does not create any known problems. In addition, ACT has a cut score for determining college-readiness and the State Board will likely adopt their score. ACT is also internationally benchmarked (Finland, Singapore). DPI has moved away from the recommendation to use the WORKEYS assessment, for several reasons. WORKEYS may be used by Career Technical students to gain credit for meeting career credentials. Staff discussed incentives for extra credit for schools including; Graduation Project, AP Tests, and IB program.

Leadership for Innovation Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report Dr. Setser provided an update of NCVPS program. Presently, NC is the second largest program serving students and courses online in the country. A press release announcing the formation of the Digital Learning Council was discussed. The Council is being chaired by Governor Jeb Bush and former Governor Bob Wise. Dr. Setser was appointed to serve on this new group. Finally, there continue to be some major issues with the new funding formula for NCVPS, and more work will be done to try and fix the inequities that are occurring with the largest and smallest districts in the formula, prior to the next legislative session.

21st Century Professionals Committee

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCP 1 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations APPROVED the recommendations for Montreat College and Peace College teacher education programs.
  • TCP 2 Rubric for Pre-Service Superintendent Programs APPROVED an updated program approval process with an annual review of evidence that candidates recommended for licensure meet the NC Superintendent Standards. McRel has developed an assessment instrument, which will be used to assess both the individuals and the superintendent preparation programs and is aligned with the new evaluation instrument for superintendents. A copy of the Rubric can be viewed online in the SBE meeting packet through the link at the beginning of this document.
  • TCP 3 Proposed Qualifying Score for Dual Licensure Health and Physical Education Praxis II Test APPROVED the requirement for dual licensure in health and physical education. The licensure provision expires on June 30, 2012. The qualifying scale score of 149 on the Praxis Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge is recommended. This will become effective September 2012.

Action on First Reading

  • TCP 4 Approval Adoption of the School Executive: Principal Evaluation Process for Assistant Principals APPROVED the use of the School Executive Principal Evaluation process for assistant principals. The validation process for using the principal evaluation instrument for assistant principals is complete.
  • TCP 5 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exceptions from Teacher Licensing Requirements Closed Session recommendations of the panel. A panel reviews the requests for exception from teacher licensing requirements. Those requesting an exception include teachers who have not been able to satisfy licensing requirements and prospective teachers who have not met the Praxis I testing requirements.

Discussion: MOVED TO ACTION ON FIRST READING

  • TCP 6 Approval/Adoption of the NC Superintendent Evaluation Process APPROVED the North Carolina Superintendent Evaluation Process for evaluating superintendents by local boards of education. The validation process has been finalized. McRel developed and validated the process. The new evaluation instrument may be implemented statewide with the 2010-2011 school year.

Board Meeting: Dr. Harrison asked the Board member advisor to seek support from local boards to consider using this new instrument.

  • TCP 7 Approval/Adoption of the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument for Central Office Staff APPROVED the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument for Central Office staff. The instrument is ready for use by Central Office staff and may be implemented statewide with 2010-2011 school year.

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • TCS 1 Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education APPROVED the membership recommendations for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education. Angela Lynch is the new member who is replacing Claire Hunter Morrow and new members are recommended for reappointment; Audrey Hunt, Velina Ebert, and Teresa Jones.
    • TCS 2 Requests for Repayment Waivers of the National Board Certification Fee The appeals of 24 teachers who failed to complete the process were considered by the Appeals Panel. APPROVED (Nekita Avent) for a waiver of the $2,500 and all other waiver requests are recommended for denial.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 3 Approval of Grants
    • K-2 Reading Diagnostic Assessment Funds for Current Reading Pilot Schools Expanding to Grades 2 and 3 APPROVED the allocation of the Reading First funds to be transferred to fund schools who missed the deadline for the August State Board meeting and to expand the current Reading Pilot Schools to Grades 2 and 3. The funding totals $422,350. This impacts 27 schools 5,900 students and 170 teachers. The list of the schools can be found on the State Board Executive Summaries link under TCS 3. New Hanover has the most schools with eight on the list followed by three in Brunswick, three in Onslow, and two in Sampson. All the other schools are scattered about the State.

Committee Meeting: Dr. Garland requested the State Board approve four recommendations 1) Approve the Reading First Funding expansion request by DPI to Grades 2 and 3, 2) Approve the request for additional schools to be included in the pilot, 3) Approve a new policy to manage the allotment of funds with additional budget codes required 4) Approve the delegation of authority to the State Board Chairman for designating additional schools as funds are available, and 5) Approve the use of Reading First Funds for training. The Governor has the list of schools to be added to the pilot and they are based on performance and geography and she will work with Dr. Harrison to decide which additional schools will be given an opportunity to be included in the pilot.

  • JOBS Commission Schools APPROVED $100,000 of the $200,000 allocation for one Early College High School in Wake and Cumberland effective September 1, 2010.

Committee Meeting: Cumberland is ready to receive the $100,000 to open a new school. Wake may not need the $100,000 remaining, so by next month the actual distribution of the remaining $100,000 will be made with a possible additional allocation to Cumberland and the balance going to Wake.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 2011-2013 Biennial Budget Request The State Board discussed future budget needs and specific budget requests to build the SBE Biennial Budget Request, which is set for approval at the November meeting.

Committee Meeting: Philip Price talked about the economy and what the State Board would need to do over the next two months in preparing their budget proposal for 2011-2012. The budget proposal would need to be voted on at the November meeting. At this time revenue collections appear to be on target (though they were lowered in last year’s budget). OSBM (Office of State Budget and Management) has requested DPI continue to hold one percent of their $136 million in funds to give back to the State this year. DPI’s operating budget is only $48 million, but there are funds in the total budget for other programs including “More At Four” and others, which could be used to reach the 1 percent holdback. In addition, the Federal Education Jobs bill, recently passed, will allow DPI to access 2 percent of the $300 million in funding for administration of the legislation. These Federal funds are designated for the 2010-2011 school year, but are available for carry-over through September 2012. Race to The Top funds won’t be finalized until September 16th. The hope is NC will get the full $400 million, which will come all at once to the State and will be available until 2014. Finance staff is still working on the budget proposal to USED for the various programs to be approved as part of the RTT grant proposal.

In addition, the Discretionary Reduction of $304.8 million, in the public school’s budget for this year, resulted in funds being returned from the LEAs for 3,211 teacher positions and $47.5 million for teacher assistants as well as other items.

Mr. Price also reviewed the nuts and bolts of the upcoming state budget problems for next year. He noted the $545 million needed to shore up the Health Plan in 2011-2012 as well as $600 million in non-recurring cuts in the public school’s budget that will need to be added back into the base budget. Student growth for next school year is projected to reach 20,000 new students. This will require $100 million to be added to the budget to cover these new students. There will be a great deal of pressure to move people up on the salary schedule since everyone has been frozen for two years. That would cost another $300 million. The NCVPS funding formula is a major problem for the low and high end users and a proposal will be coming forward to revise it to ensure a more equitable distribution of the costs. DPI is expected to take over responsibility for the Blind and Deaf schools being managed by DHHS now. DPI has seen cuts of 17 percent while the public schools have had 14 percent cuts and so it is going to take a serious infusion of dollars to begin to restore these cuts and manage the loss of the Federal funding. State Board members will need to begin deciding on a draft for the budget proposal.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 12 contracts

Contracts under $25,000 – 10 contracts

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Chris Greene

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick advised the Board that History, Health, PE, and Guidance essential standards are still under revision. The NC FALCON project is being implemented at the district level this year, with training for curriculum. This will support LEAs in developing formative assessments. Simulations are also being run on the Accountability Model.
  • Performance Navigator Update-Mr. Adam Levinson updated the Board on the release of the Performance Navigator 3. This will allow the SBE to see how students, schools, and districts are performing against the goals set by the SBE. More work will be done at the October Board retreat. There are three pages of targets. The Board set goals for graduation and the navigator showed these were exceed in the area of graduation targets (74.7 percent-5 years), though it was noted 25,000 still did not graduate last year. Staff will be updating the Navigator for RTT requirements and mapping the priorities of the divisions against the Board goals.

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 3 Annual Report: State Advisory Council on Indian Education The Council serves as an important link in advising the State Board on issues pertinent to the education of American Indian students. The report contains data from the 2008-2009 academic year end-of-grade tests for American Indian students and compares them to statewide scores. The data continues to show disparities between American Indian students and other students. These disparities have persisted over the past five years and continue to be of great concern to the Council. The adoption of the Common Core Standards and revision of the state standards offer an opportunity to address those disparities through changes in the curriculum and more attention to the unique identifiers and status of the American Indian students in NC.
  • LFI 1 Plan for Statewide Assistance for Schools Upon adoption of the statewide ABCs test results the State Board receives information regarding resources needed to provide technical assistance to districts and schools who are struggling. In addition, to serving schools who are Low-Performing or in various levels of improvement based on No Child Left Behind, DPI is required to provide assistance to LEAs who are at the Corrective Action Level of District Improvement.  Judge Manning has also required assistance be provided to high schools with performance composites below 60. Beyond these schools and districts DPI provided specific assistance to Bertie, Richmond, Lexington City, Hertford, and Columbus in 2009-2010.  
  • Board Meeting: Dr. Ashley and Dr. Garland reviewed the status of the schools being served last year. Columbus has made such improvements they will not need any this coming school year unless they make specific requests to DPI. The High School performance composites of the lowest schools ranged from 20.6 percent-49.8 percent and with a great deal of hard work the high schools have raised this range to 38.5 percent 58.9 percent. RTT should help raise all schools but the bottom 5 percent will get the greatest attention. Sixty-six elementary schools will be served next year and 16 districts will get assistance. School Improvement Grants from federal funds were awarded earlier this year based on information prior to the availability of the test scores. A issue was raised about Alternative Schools and the Board was advised there will be a study across the state of these schools.

Consent Agenda

  • GCS 4 K-12 Arts Education and World Languages Essential Standards and Associated Policy Amendment  APPROVED by consent the Essential Standards for K-12 Arts Education and “World Languages” and are requested to update policy GCS-F-009 to change the wording “Second Languages” to “World Languages” in the policy.  These Standards can be found at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2/.
  • GCS 5 Changes to the 2009-20010 ABCs/AYP Results APPROVED changes to the 2009-2010 ABC’s/AYP Report.
  • Board Meeting: The AYP status of the following four schools was changed: two in Randolph, one in Hertford, and one in Mitchell all now having met AYP status, and two schools one in Madison and one in Mecklenburg had changes to ABCs status. An updated chart of changes was provided at the meeting as well as a list of Title I schools in various stages of school improvement based on their test scores. There are approximately 330 traditional and charter schools are on the list of Title I schools in School Improvement.  The list is available upon request.

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Action and Discussion Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

  • Dr. June Atkinson: Dr. Atkinson announced The Federal government has funded the two consortia NC has been involved with for developing assessments based on Common Core Standards. DPI is also waiting to hear on a federal Dropout Grant. Webinars will occur for RTT on September 20/21. Next, regional meetings will be held and by November 22 the LEAs should have provided DPI with their grant request for the RTT funds. The RTT funds should then go out to the districts, based on their approved grant requests. RTT funds are intended to build capacity in the States and school systems to improve educational process for students and improve their success. Other issues of importance include: NC is being recognized for its healthier schools efforts, Superintendent Quarterly meeting will be held on teacher effectiveness (how to measure) and teacher compensation. New superintendent orientation will be held for 17 superintendents in NC.

Chairman’s Remarks

  • Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman: Encourages local boards to use new Superintendent evaluation instruments approved by the SBE today.

New Business

The State Board voted unanimously to elect Bill Harrison Chairman and Wayne McDevitt Vice-Chairman for the next year.

Adjourn

Preview of State Board of Education Agenda

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4/5, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in committees.  They begin with the Globally Competitive Students Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and they finish with the Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. On Thursday, they meet to vote and to hold a Press Conference on ABC’s/AYP Results. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/08

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • GCS 1 Approval of Providers for Supplemental Education Services for 2010-2011 The State Board is requested to approve the providers for supplemental education services as recommended by DPI. Students attending schools in Title I School Improvement in the second year (third year of missing AYP targets) shall receive supplemental educational services provided with Title I funds. There were 99 applicants for providers. There were 75 recommended for approval. Of those 75, there were 48 For-Profits, 13 Non-Profits, 9 LEAs, and 5 other groups. There were 8 providers in District 3 (Wake) and 26 providers for all the Districts. A copy of the list is available upon request from my office.
  • GCS 2 ABC’s/AYP Report for the 2009-2010 School Year (Presented on Thursday) The Board is requested to approve the report. The report will be available electronically Thursday at http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org.

Discussion

  • GCS 3 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model The SBE will discuss and provide further guidance to the Department on the new accountability model. The ACRE Assessment and Accountability Committee drafted a proposal for a new accountability model to address both K-8 and high school accountability. Components of the proposed model include student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools and districts, long-term Longitudinal) growth, graduation rate, Future Ready Core and postsecondary readiness. This item will continue to be a part of the SBE agenda until it is ready for Action.
  • GCS 4 K-12 Arts Education and World Languages Essential Standards and Associated Policy Amendment  The State Board will discuss the Essential Standards for K-12 Arts Education and “World Languages” and are requested to update policy GCS-F-009 to change the wording “Second Languages” to “World Languages in the policy.  The Standards are on their final draft 3.0 after having been through three previous revisions. These will be on the agenda for Action in September.  These Standards can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/phase2/.

21st Century Professionals Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Discussion

  • TCP 1 Approval of Revisioned Teacher Education and School Executive Preparation Programs In 2008 the State Board adopted a new program approval process, and as part of the process institutions of higher education were required to revision their teacher education and school executive programs to meet the new standards and to submit their proposals for their new programs. An initial list was approved in December 2009 and the State Board will review for discussion, an updated list.
  • TCP 2 State Evaluation Committee Teacher Education Program Approval Recommendations The State Board will discuss the recommendations related to Montreat College and Peace College for program approval.
  • TCP 3 Rubric for Pre-Service Superintendent Programs In the revised program approval process it was determined that the seven-year on-site review cycle will be replaced with an annual review of evidence that candidates recommended for licensure meet the NC Superintendent Standards. McRel has developed an assessment instrument, which will be used to assess both the individuals and the superintendent preparation programs and is aligned with the new evaluation instrument for superintendents. A copy of the Rubric can be viewed online in the SBE meeting packet listed at the beginning of this document.
  • TCP 4 Proposed Qualifying Score for Dual Licensure Health and Physical Education Praxis II Test The State Board will discuss the requirement for dual licensure in health and physical education. The recommendation is in response to a provision approved by the Board to allow the Licensure Section to issue a health and physical education license to a physical education teacher who meets certain requirements (as determined by the Board). The licensure provision expires on June 30, 2012. The qualifying scale score of 149 on the Praxis Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge is recommended. This will be presented for Action in September and will become effective September 2012 upon approval.
  • TCP 5 Superintendent Licensure-Policy Language Change and Clarification The State Board will review Policy TCP-A-001 to clarify requirements to obtain a Superintendent’s license, and the requirements to serve as a Superintendent without having direct experience or certification as an educator. The revised policy will be posted online prior to the Board meeting on August 4th. This item will be on the agenda for Action in September.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (2:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Recommendations for Preliminary Approval of 2010 Charter School Applications The State Board is requested to choose one of the seven finalists for a preliminary charter. The State Board conducted interviews in July, with seven applicants who were chosen as finalists, for the one remaining charter school slot available. These were Bear Grass Charter School, Leadership Learning Academy, Piedmont IT Academy, Richard Milburn Academy, Spruce Pine Montessori, Union Independent School, and Water’s Edge Village Academy.

New Business

  • NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

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

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 1 Approval of Grants
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants There are five grant recipients listed in Wake. They include: About Face II, CONCERT, J.T. Locke Resource Center, Inc., Kreepers and Krawlers Learning Center, and O.A.S.I.S Foundation, Inc.
    • Approval of Carl D. Perkins College Tech Prep Grant There are seven Tier I schools/consortia that were not funded previously and who are recommended for funding in 2010-2013. In addition, there are 26 schools/consortia in Tier II recommended for funding in 2010-2013, who were funded in the past eight years. WCPSS is not included in any of these grants.
    • K-2 Reading Diagnostic Assessment Funds for Halifax County and Current Reading First Schools Transferring to Pilot The State Board is asked to approve the allocation of the Reading First funds to be transferred to Halifax and all the Reading First Schools who will become part of the reading pilot. There are seven elementary schools in Halifax that are part of the reading diagnostic pilot this year, using technology and assessment to track student progress. Two other elementary schools were Reading First Schools in Halifax and will become part of the reading pilot in 2010-2011. USED has given permission to use the Reading First funds to purchase the K-2 assessment system with technology that exists in the pilot schools and become part of the pilot. The funds may be used to purchase licenses, platforms, training and benchmarking kits. Every Reading First School was contacted and given the chance to be part of the pilot. The costs to extend the program in the Reading First Schools, who have decided to make the transition, including Halifax are $975,000.
  • TCS 2 Legislation Requiring Immediate State Board Attention The State Board will review Senate Bill 897, Appropriations Act of 2010, including the special provisions and to act on these so funds may be redirected or used. SBE will also act to adopt rules for implementation of furloughs for public schools, and act to appoint a task force of members of DPI to create the Comprehensive Arts Education Development Plan for public schools. They will review the required Studies as outlined in House Bill 900 and the budget changes as authorized by the General Assembly, and the impact of those adjustments. Finally they will discuss a listing of non-budget bills ratified during the session that impact public schools. DPI is presenting clarification and rules for the Furlough legislation enacted in the State Budget. Recommendations are as follows: #1: Define Salary-Four specifications including the salary from all  funding sources and all positions worked shall be combined in determining annual salary, #2: Minimum Furlough-Not less than half a day, #3 Days Excluded from the Furlough: No employees can be furloughed on an instructional day in traditional calendar, #4 Definition of Bonus Pay-Defines as compensation over and above the amount of pay as a base salary or hourly rate of pay and is not based on performing additional work (if an administrator is compensated in the from other than salary, this shall not be considered bonus unless it is contingent on a performance measure, #4 Reporting Requirements-LEAs shall report within 10 days of local board approval of the furlough and no later than September 10, 2010.
    • TCS 3 Requests for Repayment Waivers of the National Board Certification Fee The appeals of 24 teachers who failed to complete the process were considered by the Appeals Panel and the Panel’s recommendations will be presented to the State Board for approval. One individual of the 24 was recommended for a waiver of the $2,500 and all other waiver requests are recommended for denial.

Discussion

  • TCS 4 Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education The State Board is requested to replace and approve an individual whose term, on the Advisory Council on Indian Education, expired in June 2010. This person, if approved shall serve for two years. The three current members of the Council are also recommended to serve a second term. Angela Lynch is the new member who is replacing an outgoing member. The three recommended for reappointment include; Audrey Hunt, Velina Ebert, and Teresa Jones.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 27 contracts totaling more than $7 million

Contracts under $25,000 – 23 contracts totaling more than $270,000

New Business

  • Update on Timeline for 2011-13 Biennial Budget
  • Intern Update-Presentation of Projects/Reports (presented at lunch)
    • The Evolution and use of Growth Models
    • An Introduction to Through-Course Assessment
    • The Effectiveness of State Assistance in Low-Performing High Schools
    • Evaluation Programs for North Carolina’s Gifted Children

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance: Ms. Shirley Harris

Approval of Minutes

Special Recognition

  • Ms. Jennifer Facciolini, Sampson County Schools, 2011 NC AT&T Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Jan King, Henderson County Schools, NC Wachovia Principal of the Year

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

  • ACRE Update- Ms. Angela Quick
    • CEDARS Update-Mr. Adam Levinson

Information Agenda

Globally Competitive Students

  • GCS 5 Field Testing and Special Studies for the 2010-2011 School Year The State Board will receive information on the proposed field tests for 2010-2011. They include the following: NCEXTEND 2 EOGs-Math, Reading Science, NCEXTEND 2 EOCs-Math, English II, Biology, EOGs-Science (Grades 5 & 8), Enhanced Assessment Grant-Grade 7-Math, Algebra I,  American Diploma-Algebra II, EOCs-English II, Biology, US History, Civics & Economics, and Lexile Linking Study EOCs-Physical Science, English I, Algebra I, II, Civics & Econ., US History, Biology, LEP-Listening, Reading, Writing, NAEP/TIMSS Linking Study-Math, Science (Grades: 4 and 8).
  • GCS 6 Online Course as a Graduation Requirement The State Board will hear information on a plan to require all entering ninth grade students in 2010-2011 to take a virtual on-line course to meet graduation requirements. North Carolina is the State with the second largest enrollment (33,699) in online courses, but does not have a policy requiring an online learning requirement.

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

New Business

  • Approval of the 2011 SBE Meeting Schedule

Old Business

  • District and School Transformation Update-Dr. Pat Ashley

Adjourn

Immediately Following the SBE Meeting, a Press Conference will be held to announce the ABCs/AYP results for the 2009-2010 school year.

July State Board of Education Meeting Preview

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The State Board of Education will meet on July 1, 2010 in a conference call meeting.  They will begin with the approval of the minutes from the June 3rd meeting, and continue with the 21st Century Systems, ending with Old Business and New Business. Access to the SBE Executive Committee Summaries and documents are on the SBE website at the following link:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/07

Thursday, July 1, 2010 2:00 p.m. Conference Call

Call to Order

  • Dr. William C. Harrison, Chairman

Approval of Minutes

  • June 3, 2010

Consent Agenda

21st Century Systems (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair, and Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

  • TCS 1 Revision to Allotment Policy for ESEA Title I – School Improvement 1003(g) The State Board of Education (SBE) is requested to approve the Allotment Policy Manual revisions. Additional one-time funding is available through the federal ARRA. To be eligible schools must be identified as Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III. Grants must be awarded on co a competitive basis. The criteria for awarding the grant is specified in the School Improvement Grants Application and Federal Regulations.

Action

21st Century Systems (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair, and Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

  • TCS 2 Approval of Grant SBE is requested to approve the grants for use in the lowest-achieving schools.  These funds are awarded by formula to states, which then makes competitive grants available to local educational agencies (LEAs).  An LEA may request funds for eligible schools in amounts between $50,000 and $2,000,000 per year for each school it commits to serve.  With approved waivers, these funds are available through September 30, 2013.  Primary stakeholders in SIG are students attending schools identified as “persistently lowest-achieving.” Other stakeholders include schools, parents, and families of the students attending these schools.

–       School Improvement Grants (SIG) authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Specifically, the final requirements will direct section 1003(g) SIG funds in significant amounts to each state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools in order to turn around those schools.

–       Total awarded: $65,403,735 19 districts are recommended; 25 schools are included; Funding ranges from $980,896-$6,000,000 over a three-year period. Wake is not receiving a School Improvement Grant (SIG).

  • Update on Contracts:

Under $25,000 – 9
Over $25,000   – 23

Old Business

New Business

Adjourn

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