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State Board Of Education To Elect New Chairman At Sept. 3/4 Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 August 2014 12:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Board of Education will meet Wednesday and Thursday, September 3 and 4 in downtown Raleigh. A key agenda item will be to elect a new chairman and vice chairman.

Committee meetings will take place Wednesday, followed by full board meeting on Thursday, at which committees will report and the group will hear from the chairman.
The meetings will be streamed live at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/. 
10 – 11:05 a.m.
Call to order and approval of agenda
Issues Session. Board members will hear presentations on Gifted Education and Advanced Programs (including the North Carolina Advanced Placement Partnership), and School Safety
11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
•  Globally Competitive Students Committee
State Board member Marcella Savage, chair; Olivia Oxendine, vice chair
Action items: Cohort Graduation Rate for 2013-14 School Year (PRESENTED THURSDAY); Release of 2013-14 End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, The ACT, The ACT WorkKeys, Cohort Graduation Rate, Math Course Rigor and Annual Measurable Objectives (PRESENTED THURSDAY); Local Boards of Education Waiver Requests to Expand the Testing Window for One Year; Mathematics Education Textbook Adoption and Textbook Commission Report; and State Board Approval Process for Local Alternative Portfolios for Read to Achieve
Discussion items: Read to Achieve Local Alternative Assessments, Proposed Revision to Grading Scale, Career and Technical Education Revisions to Essential Standards, and Report to the North Carolina General Assembly: Report on Education Performance of Children with Disabilities
12:15 p.m.  LUNCH
1 – 1:45 p.m.
•  Special Committee on Digital Learning
State Board member Lt. Governor Dan Forest, chair; Becky Taylor, vice chair
New Business item: Presentation of Digital Learning Plan
1:45 – 3 p.m.
•  21st Century Professionals Committee
State Board member Olivia Oxendine, chair; John Tate, vice chair
Action items: Recommendations for Proposed Cut Scores for Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum Licensure Exams (NC Foundations of Reading, NC General Curriculum), Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teaching Licensing Requirements
Discussion items: Recommendations for Approval of Institutions of Higher Education Superintendent Licensure Programs, Global Educator Digital Badge Criteria for Teachers and Teacher Leadership Specialist Standards and Rubric Draft
New Business items: Analysis of Student Work, Local Options for Measuring Student Growth and Regional Leadership Academies Update
3 p.m.  BREAK
3:10 – 4:05 p.m.
•  Leadership for Innovation Committee
State Board member Rebecca Taylor, chair; Wayne McDevitt, vice chair
Action items: North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board Recommendations for Approval of Charter School Applicants’ Planning Year; Fast Track Replication of High-Quality Charter Schools; Virtual Charter School Pilot Program Application, Timeline and Process; and Approval of Charter School for the Dropout Prevention and Recovery Pilot Program
Discussion items: Repeal of State Board of Education Policy TCS-U-015 on the Establishment of Virtual Charter Schools in North Carolina and Process for Assumption of Inadequately Performing Charter Schools
New Business item: NCVPS Director’s Report
4:05 – 4:30 p.m.
•  21st Century Systems Committee
State Board member Greg Alcorn, chair; Kevin Howell, vice chair
Action items: Membership for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education and Approval of Grant – Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program 
Discussion items: Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children and State Board of Education Appointments to Prosperity Zone Councils
New Business item: Update on Contracts
4:30 – 4:50 p.m.
•  Healthy Responsible Students Committee
State Board member Tricia Willoughby, chair; Reginald Kenan, vice chair
Discussion item: Revisions to State Board Safety Policies
4:50 p.m.  Board convenes in Open Session and adjourns to closed session
5:25 p.m.  Board reconvenes then adjourns
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Following approval of their August minutes, Board members will recognize the 2014 North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year Maria Topliff, the 2014-15 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Carrie Tulbert (Mooresville Middle School, Mooresville Graded Schools) and Residential School Board members for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and the Eastern NC School for the Deaf. 
State Superintendent June Atkinson will follow with her report to the Board, which will include a presentation of a Resolution on the 175th Anniversary of the Public School. Also during her report, NCDPI Legislative and Community Affairs Director Rachel Beaulieu will report on legislative activities. State Board Staff Attorney Katie Cornetto will then give a rules review update. 
Under the Board’s Information Agenda, members will receive the September 2014 Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on Progress Toward Implementing the Race to the Top Initiative. Under the Consent Agenda, members will approve Beginning of Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Academic Achievement Levels, Reports to the North Carolina General Assembly on Students with Disabilities – Annual Child Count and Increase Successful Career and Technical Education Participation, Race to the Top Evaluation Report: Strategic Staffing in North Carolina – A Summative Review of Local and State Implementation Across the Rate to the Top Period, School Attendance and School Accounting Manual Revisions, Report the North Carolina General Assembly on Public School Procurement of Information Technology and Preliminary Cost Analysis of North Carolina’s Race to the Top Initiative. 
At around 10:30 a.m., committee chairs will report out and members will take action on regular agenda items as appropriate. This includes a presentation and action on the Cohort Graduation Rate for 2013-14, and release of the 2013-14 End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, The ACT, The ACT WorkKeys, Math Course Rigor and Annual Measurable Objectives. Chairman Bill Cobey will conclude the meeting with his comments followed by a discussion of any new and old business. 
Under new business, Board members will elect a new chairman and vice chairman.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 12:13
Western Carolina University Site Of Final Fracking Public Hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:04


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolinians will have a fourth and final opportunity to speak at a public hearing about the state's regulatory plan for hydraulic fracturing next month.
The September 12 hearing will take place at Western Carolina University in the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 92 Catamount Road. Things get underway at 5 p.m.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said university officials have moved the venue from the John Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Those wishing to speak at the hearing must register beginning at 4 p.m.
Comments obtained at the four hearings will be used by the Mining and Energy Commission as it drafts rules for oil and gas development in North Carolina.  
Written comments will be accepted until September 30. They are accepted at the public hearings or can be mailed to: 
DENR-Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources
Attn: Oil and Gas Program
1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-1612
The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules is available online at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=812822fd-9e97-4359-8935-4f07e713f0b1&groupId=8198095.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:05
Teacher Advisory Committee Presents Nine Testing Recommendations To Gov. McCrory PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 10:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An advisory committee to Gov. Pat McCrory has presented the chief executive with recommendations related to testing and standards in an effort to reform and improve the state's public education system.

At a meeting at the state's Executive Mansion, the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee laid out nine recommendations the governor pledged to study intently. They are:
-- Prioritize student learning: The first and most important reason for assessment is to support student growth and achievement. Assessment practices should be structured around this fact. 
-- Use multiple measures: North Carolina’s testing system should include multiple measures of mastery to ensure robust evaluation of student learning. 
-- Strengthen teacher evaluation: Improve and supplement metrics used to evaluate educator’s impact on student growth. 
-- Promote developmentally appropriate testing: Ensure that assessment systems are aligned with what we know about student developmental learning capacity and the environments in which students perform best. 
-- Reduce or eliminate redundant, impractical, or weak assessments: Ensure all assessments implemented are necessary, aligned to standards, and relevant to college and career-readiness. 
-- Respond to local needs: Allow for additional flexibility around assessment to ensure local priorities and needs are reflected in student learning. 
-- Ensure clear communication: Pursue adequate communication and engagement with educators and community regarding standards and assessments before implementing changes. 
-- Support capacity for online assessment: Ensure adequate resources and capacity in all schools before mandating online assessment. 
-- Improve Read to Achieve requirements: Modify assessment practices around Read to Achieve to promote strong implementation and student success. 
The committee consists of 24 teachers from various parts of the state and disciplines across the K-12 spectrum. It is charged with tackling substantive issues such as teacher pay, retention, teacher performance measures, testing and technology in the classroom.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 10:02
DPI Schedules Webinar On 2014 State Accountability Releases PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:27


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Those interested in knowing more about when the 2014 State Accountability Releases will occur and what they will cover have an opportunity to find out via a webinar to be held next week.
The Department of Public Instruction will host the webinar on Wednesday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
There will be time for questions.
To register, visit  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/335626800. 

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