NCAE SBE Review AU G U ST
NCAE Special recognition for new State Board of Education Advisors: 2012-13 Teacher of the Year Darcy Grimes of Watauga County 2012-13 Principal of the Year
Patrice Faison, NCAE Member She was principal of Oak Hill in Guilford for three years; a low performing school that has made much progress under her leadership. This year Oak Hill will not be a LPS! It was a pleasure to work with the staff at Oak Hill as part of our NEA Priority School Project. Mrs. Faison recently became principal of Page High School. Superintendent of the Year is Diane Frost of Asheboro City Schools
Accountability News: This is the last year of ABCs and All or Nothing AYP! The ABCs of Public Education will become the Ready Model; showing progress made in schools, using more than test scores in 2012-13. The Ready Model will include a status update of each school, as well as Growth and Progress on EOG and EOC assessments in grades 3-8. The status update will be an inclusive snapshot in time of all students in the school no matter how many days the student attended class. The High School Ready Model will include Algebra I/Integrated Math, English II, Biology and ACT for 11th graders, and WorkKeys for 12th graders, as well as Graduation Rates. The status update for high school will also include Math Rigor and Graduation Projects. The 2012 General Assembly passed legislation that the SBE is to create a new rating system using A â€“ F, like a few other states have implemented. There is conversation about how this will work in tandem with the ongoing work of Race to the Top and the Future Core Ready Model. A new policy update will be necessary and the NC DPI will get feedback from superintendents and principals on how this grading system will impact school communities and what will be good practices on how to implement the legislation.
Now for the really good news! In 2011 there were 212 Schools of Excellence and this year there are 278! The percent of schools meeting at least expected growth for 2012 is 79.5%. There are 15 Low Performing Schools. Out of 44,659 subgroup targets, 39,631 were met. Last year 81.2% of targets were met and this year it is 88.7%. For the sixth consecutive year, the NC graduation rate has improved! Last yearâ€™s rate was 77.7% and this year it is 80.2%. Of the 118 Race to the Top low-performing schools, 39 schools are now above 60% and all but two schools have a graduation rate above 61%. In 2006 there were 66 Turn Around schools and of those 66, 58 are now above the 60% proficiency mark. SBE Chairman Bill Harrison expressed admiration of many school community stakeholders for their hard work, particularly the teachers. Dr. Atkinson said she was proud of the hard work and the accomplishments of the students and educators.
NCAE SBE Review August 2012
The State Board of Education also...
Approved the statewide expansion of mClass Reading 3D, a diagnostic assessment tool. This is a formative tool for teachers to assist with strategies and interventions in reading for grades K-3. The state began implementation in 2009 with 27 pilot schools and expanded to 480 schools in 2010. Currently there are 814 schools using mClass Reading 3D. With the new legislation requiring that all 3rd graders must be proficient in reading, all K-3 schools will have access to this tool. Training will be provided by NC DPI, using NC Teacher Academy sessions that have been placed online.
Approved additional flexibility for textbook funds, similar to the flexibility LEAs had last year due to budget issues.
Revoked the charter for Bridges Charter school based on lack of academic improvement for the last two years.
Received information on the new charter school applications. Sixty-
three charters were submitted to the Office of Charter Schools, nine were found to be incomplete, and 54 were forwarded to the Public Charter School Advisory Council for review. The Council asked 30 applicants to come in for an interview. The Council is recommending 25 charter schools be granted permission to begin work t0n opening in 2014. A few concerns were raised by Board members, such as why didn’t every LEA submit an impact statement, how long before the state is saturated with charters since there is no cap? The Council members present stated that there should be an impact rubric created to assist in the decisionmaking process, and that they felt the state would never have more than 10 percent of public charter schools. It was noted that the public charter schools were not a threat to traditional schools and that both needed to work together; that private schools and vouchers were the threat to public education.
New Evaluation Rubrics The SBE briefly discussed the proposed evaluation rubrics for the following school support staff; Counselors, School Psychologists, Instructional Technology Facilitators, and Library Media Coordinators. The evaluation rubrics are based on revised standards that have been adopted over the year. This year the instruments will be used statewide to validate the standards; similar to the process used with administrators and classroom teachers. There will be no pilots, the rubric will be implemented beginning this fall. The proposed rubrics for these educators will be voted on at the September Board meeting. If you are interested in providing more feedback on a specific rubric, you can contact the NCAE CIA and we can send you an electronic copy of your rubric, or you can visit the SBE meeting site https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=10399&MID=616&IID=12801
and click on the area of interest.