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					                                                    Minutes of the
                                        North Carolina State Board of Education
                                                  Education Building
                                               301 N. Wilmington Street
                                               Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
                                            September 30 - October 1, 2009


   Education Building, Raleigh                     Wednesday, September 30, 2009            Board Room, 3:30 PM


The North Carolina State Board of Education met and the following members were present:

         William Harrison, Chairman                             Reginald Kenan
         Kevin Howell                                           Wayne McDevitt, Vice Chair
         Christine Greene                                       Kathy Taft
         Shirley Harris                                         Patricia Willoughby

Also present were:

         June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent


                                      CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTION


Chairman Harrison called the Wednesday session of the October State Board of Education meeting to order and
declared the Board in official session. Chairman Harrison noted that the Board was meeting this month in its new
committee structure and that Consent items were also now a part of the agenda.


In compliance with the requirements of Chapter 138A-15(e) of the State Government Ethics Act, Chairman
Harrison then read the ethics statement, reminding Board members of their duty to avoid conflicts of interest and
appearances of conflicts of interest under Chapter 138A. He asked if members of the Board knew of any conflict
of interest or any appearance of conflict with respect to any matters coming before them during this meeting.
There were no conflicts of interest communicated at this time. The Chairman then requested that if, during the
course of the meeting, members became aware of an actual or apparent conflict of interest that they bring the
matter to the attention of the Chair. It would then be their duty to abstain from participating in discussion and
from voting on the matter.

At this time, Chairman Harrison asked for a motion to convene in closed session.

Upon motion made by Mr. Wayne McDevitt, and seconded by Ms. Kathy Taft, the Board voted unanimously to
convene in closed session to consult with the Board attorneys on attorney-client privileged matters, and to
consider the attorney’s advice and instructions in the case of Atkinson vs. State of North Carolina, et. al., and to
consider one or more issues related to a public officer or employee specified in G.S. § 143-318.11.8.6 .

Following the closed session, the Board reconvened in open session. Indicating no other business, Chairman
Harrison requested a motion to adjourn.
Education Building, Raleigh            Wednesday, September 30, 2009                   Board Room, 3:30 PM


Upon motion made by Ms. Patricia Willoughby, and seconded by Ms. Christine Greene, the Board voted
unanimously to recess the State Board of Education meeting until Thursday, October 1, at 9:30 a.m.




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The North Carolina State Board of Education met and the following members were present:

         William Harrison, Chairman                              Wayne McDevitt, Vice Chair
         Janet Cowell, State Treasurer                           Tom Speed
         Walter Dalton, Lt. Governor                             Kathy Taft
         Christine Greene                                        John Tate (via phone)
         Shirley Harris                                          Patricia Willoughby
         Reginald Kenan

Also present were:

         June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent           Vann Pennell, Principal of the Year Advisor
         Jessica Garner, Teacher of the Year Advisor             Cindi Rigsbee, Teacher of the Year Advisor
         Wendell Hall, Local Board Member Advisor                TeDarryl Powell, Senior Student Advisor
         Jack Hoke, Superintendent Advisor


                                      CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTION


Chairman Harrison called the Thursday session of the October State Board of Education meeting to order and
declared the Board in official session. The Chairman provided a brief overview of the newly modified schedule
and committee structure that resulted from the Board’s September planning and work session.

Chairman Harrison noted that Board member John Tate would participate in the meeting via conference call. He
also noted the absence of Board members Kevin Howell and Melissa Bartlett due to scheduling conflicts. Board
member Bartlett is attending a conference on behalf of the Board.

In compliance with the requirements of Chapter 138A-15(e) of the State Government Ethics Act, Chairman
Harrison reminded Board members of their duty to avoid conflicts of interest and appearances of conflicts of
interest under Chapter 138A. He asked if members of the Board knew of any conflict of interest or any
appearance of conflict with respect to any matters coming before them during this meeting. There were no
conflicts of interest communicated at this time. The Chairman then requested that if, during the course of the
meeting, members became aware of an actual or apparent conflict of interest that they bring the matter to the
attention of the Chair. It would then be their duty to abstain from participating in discussion and from voting on
the matter.

Chairman Harrison recognized Mr. Wayne McDevitt to lead the Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES

Chairman Harrison asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 2-3, 2009, Board meeting. Upon
motion made by Mr. Wayne McDevitt, and seconded by Ms. Patricia Willoughby, the Board voted unanimously to
approve the minutes of the September 2-3, 2009, meeting as presented.




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REPORT ON THE NORTH CAROLINA e-LEARNING COMMISSION
  Lt. Governor Walter Dalton

Serving as the Chair of the e-Learning Commission, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton provided an overview of the
Commission’s accomplishments. The e-Learning Commission's initial goals included assisting the University of
North Carolina Board of Governors, the North Carolina Independent Universities and Colleges, the North
Carolina Community College Board and the State Board of Education in developing e-learning standards and
infrastructures to provide virtual learning opportunities to students and other citizens. The e-Learning
Commission achieved its short-term goal when the North Carolina Virtual Public School opened for enrollment in
June 2007 and offered courses to over 25,000 students in its first year. According to Lt. Governor Dalton, the
Commission has formed very strong public-private partnerships since its inception. Those partnerships are saving
the state money on purchasing hardware, licensing, and service contracts. He noted that virtual learning
opportunities have increased dramatically and will be part of the answer to our space needs, access needs to rural
parts of North Carolina, and excellence in teaching through professional development.

North Carolina Research Education Network (NCREN) was recently endorsed by the Education Cabinet as the
official technological backbone for K-20. Today, all 115 LEAs and the university system are connected to
NCREN. More than 97 LEAs are connected to the UNC i-School which means qualified students in participating
high schools can take a variety of online college credit courses at no cost to them or to their families. Students
may earn both high school and college credit for certain completed courses. Access to these courses is provided
during the regular school day and an online course facilitator assists students in the classroom. Seven community
colleges are currently connected, with 13 additional to be connected very soon, leaving 38 not connected. Lt.
Governor Dalton noted that the Commission anticipates that in three years all of the community college campuses
will be connected. In addition, many of the independent colleges and universities are also coming on board. The
online learning is being used for the 2+2 program, STEM initiatives, and nursing. The new e-Learning Portal
which was piloted last year will optimize search engine capability and will help with programming, professional
development, and data collections.

The Education Cabinet has endorsed the eight recommendations of the e-Learning Commission:

        Recommendation 1: The North Carolina Education Cabinet
           Establish a full-time staff to communicate and meet with the members of the North
           Carolina Education Cabinet members or their designated staff to coordinate and study
           education issues.
        Recommendation 2: e-Learning Standards
           Ensure that quality standards and policies are in place for e-learning across PreK-20.
        Recommendation 3: NCREN
           Endorse NCREN as the statewide education network for education PreK-20.
           Report of the NC eLC
        Recommendation 4: Center for Online Professional Development
           Develop a North Carolina Center for PreK-20 Online Professional Development to
           explore using online delivery methods to prepare teachers, faculty, and administrators to
           use technology to enhance teaching, learning, assessment, communications, and
           management.
        Recommendation 5: Technology Collaboration Council
           Establish a Technology Collaboration Council to assist in researching and identifying
           opportunities for collaborative infrastructure solutions.
        Recommendation 6: Learning Consumers Council
           Establish a Learning Consumers Council to provide input and feedback in order to ensure
           that the needs of North Carolina’s e-learning consumers are effectively met.



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        Recommendation 7: NC e-Learning Portal
           Launch and sustain the production version of the North Carolina e-Learning Portal, a
           customized Web site that provides access to information about all e-learning resources
           offered by public and private education institutions in North Carolina.
        Recommendation 8: Data Mining and Dynamic Reporting
           Develop an aggregated PreK-20 statewide intelligent data-mining and dynamic reporting
           system that will allow real-time access to information in a format that can be used to
           assist with decisions on personal learning plans for students, professional development
           plans for instructors, and resource-allocation decisions for institutions, districts, and
           entire systems.

Lt. Governor Dalton recognized Dr. Kay Zimmerman, NC State University, to provide a view of the e-Learning
Portal which is intended as a strategy to recruit and direct the citizens of North Carolina to e-Learning
opportunities, maximize efficiency across the state’s K-20 learning efforts, and serve as a gateway to all e-
Learning resources in the state. According to Dr. Zimmerman, this portal has value add-on that is unprecedented
in comparison to other states. In addition, she noted that economic development is critically important for the
integration of educational opportunities; and this website is a prime example of how this is going to be able to
result in educational opportunities, graduation, and improved future employment opportunities in a global
economy.


KEY INITIATIVES REPORTS AND DISCUSSION
  ACRE Report - Ms. Angela Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
  Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services)

Utilizing a PowerPoint presentation, Ms. Quick provided a snapshot of some of the projects that have germinated
as a result of ACRE. She pointed out that the project is on track with Phase II of the Essential Standards
Development. A draft report has been revised to incorporate feedback from the external stakeholder group and
the Curriculum Advisory Council as it relates to the Accountability Model. In terms of the Comprehensive
Assessments – Next Generation (CANG), SERVE funded a workshop for DPI staff on key components of
effective benchmark assessment; professional development modules are due for completion in January 2010. The
formative assessment modules have been delayed due to Race to the Top funding efforts. Ms. Quick also
unveiled a quick one-page reference sheet, a “50,000 feet view of ACRE,” which includes the project’s major
initiatives; standards, assessments, and accountability.

Vice Chair Wayne McDevitt suggested a conversation occur around the measures of availability of online
courses, numbers and quality of online courses and service learning.


    District and School Transformation Report - Dr. Pat Ashley (Director, District and School Transformation)

Directing Board members to their notebooks under the tab “Other,” Dr. Ashley provided a synopsis about the
recent data available as it relates to helping and supporting districts and schools. The Department is currently
supporting 40 of the 115 LEAs with different services to help them address improving student achievement and
increasing their graduation rates. In addition, the Department is serving 333 low-performing schools that have
specific needs identified through the turnaround initiative and NCLB. The focus of this month’s report addressed
the data and gaps. In response to a Board member’s question, Dr. Ashley explained that there are 17 high schools
that are not currently being supported that would meet the original turnaround criteria. In addition, she revealed
the bottom five percent of schools in the state (121 schools), the services they are receiving, and the gaps (of the
121 schools, 35 schools have not been identified for service). In closing remarks, Dr. Ashley directed Board



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members to a matrix in their materials, beginning on page 4, which shows a list of all services being received by
the schools.

    CEDARS Report – Mr. Adam Levinson (Director, Policy and Strategic Planning)

Mr. Levinson provided a brief status update on the Common Education Data Analysis & Reporting System
(CEDARS) North Carolina’s PreK-13 (P-13) State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Directing Board members
to their handout, he explained that the federal government provided $6 million for CEDARS in exchange for six
key deliverables used to guide the project and progress toward completion. Mr. Levinson identified and described
each of the deliverables which include: Unique Student Identifier, Unique Staff Identifier, Longitudinal Data
Store (LDS), Analysis & Reporting Tools, EDEN/EDFacts Reporting, and Transcript Service. Once completed,
CEDARS will support North Carolina's efforts to use high quality data about students, staff, programs, and
finances to make policy and service decisions that will improve student outcomes. Specifically, CEDARS will
enable state, local, and federal policy makers and service providers to analyze trends and relationships between
various educational factors and student performance over time. The application has been tested, is functional,
and training has been provided. With the exception of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Wake County, all LEAs have
resolved their matches. As a result of some delays to bringing Charlotte and Wake fully into the single NCWISE
system, it is unlikely to happen in the original timeframe. Both school systems are on target to be loaded and
processing their near matches by the end of the calendar year. A vendor is under contract for the construction of
the warehouse features which should be completed by July 2010. The service-oriented architecture project to
establish an infrastructure feature that helps the data flow around the agency to the UID, source data systems, and
the warehouse is being tested and is targeted for being operational in February. In closing comments, Mr.
Levinson noted that the Department is examining ways to enhance the streamlining and automated student
transcripts for schools and higher education. For additional information on CEDARS, the Web page is located at
www.ncpublicschools.org/cedars.

Chairman Harrison then called on the priority chairs to present items in their respective areas for Information.



                                           INFORMATION AGENDA


                                 GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE STUDENTS
                            (Ms. Kathy Taft, Chair; Ms. Patricia Willoughby, Vice-Chair)

INFORMATION
GCS 7 – American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra II Results for Spring 2009 and Discussion for 2009-10
Policy Implications: N/A

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Curriculum,
                Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio (Director of
                Accountability Policy & Communications)
Description:
At the January 2008 State Board of Education meeting, the Department was directed to join the consortium of
states developing the American Diploma Project (ADP), an initiative of the ADP Network through Achieve, Inc.
The ADP Algebra II End-Of-Course serves three main purposes:
     • to improve curriculum and instruction,
     • to help colleges determine if students are ready to do credit-bearing work, and
     • to compare performance and progress among the participating states.



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A summary of North Carolina’s 2008-09 participation and 2009-10 plans for future participation will be presented
to inform SBE members of the status of this initiative.

Recommendations:
SBE members provide input regarding North Carolina’s continued involvement in this initiative.

Discussion/Comments:
    • GCS Committee Chair Kathy Taft recognized Dr. Fabrizio to present this item.
    • In opening remarks, Dr. Fabrizio noted that 35 states in the nation are participating in the ADP program
       with 15 of those states working collaboratively on having students participate in taking an Algebra II
       exam. The purposes of ADP are to improve curriculum and instruction, help colleges determine if
       students are prepared for higher education, and to compare performance and progress across the nation.
       Dr. Fabrizio provided a brief summary of North Carolina’s voluntary participation in the administration
       of the 2008-09 Algebra II exams, noting that 26 North Carolina schools (approximately 2,500 students) in
       17 school districts participated. Out of the 13 participating states, North Carolina students had the highest
       average scale scores. Dr. Fabrizio directed Board members to the matrix located in their materials for a
       summary of the spring results. He noted that although North Carolina had the highest average scale
       scores, only 18.3 percent of students are considered at or above the well-prepared level. According to Dr.
       Fabrizio, one of the reasons for this low percentage may be the rigor of the assessment.
    • Dr. Fabrizio brought attention to a news statement from Achieve (printed on yellow paper) which speaks
       to the value of the consortium from which states can improve student achievement in mathematics. In
       addition, Dr. Fabrizio stated that Achieve recently released its annual report providing greater detail about
       this initiative; he will share the report with Board members in electronic format.
    • In closing, Dr. Fabrizio noted that now that North Carolina has the benchmarking ability against other
       states on an advanced level course in mathematics, the Department anticipates that it is the consensus of
       the Board to move forward with another statewide representative sample of students taking the exam in
       the Spring of 2010 in order to monitor North Carolina’s performance across the other participating states.
       The Board granted approval to proceed with the spring administration.
    • There was no further discussion.

This item was presented for information only. (See Attachment GCS 7)


                   LEADERSHIP FOR INNOVATION COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORT
                     (Ms. Melissa Bartlett, Chair; Mrs. Christine Greene, Vice Chair)

INFORMATION
LFI 1 – Formative Evaluation Report North Carolina Virtual Public School, Spring 2009
Policy Implications: N/A

Presenter(s):   Dr. Bryan Setser (Director, NCVPS) and Mr. Kevin Oliver (Principle Investigator, Friday
                Institute for Educational Innovation)
Description:
In its second full year of statewide offerings, NCVPS has experienced some notable improvements from its
inaugural year of operation. Highlights of the report will be presented to the Board.

Recommendations:
There are no recommendations.




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Discussion/Comments:
    • Dr. Setser introduced Dr. Kevin Brady (Principle Investigator from the Friday Institute for Educational
       Innovation) to provide a summary of the Formative Evaluation Report on the North Carolina Virtual
       Public School Spring 2009.
    • Dr. Brady provided an overview of the multi-year formative evaluation. He noted that one aspect of this
       year’s evaluation that is distinctly unique compared to last year is a focus of group interviews on modules
       for elementary and middle school students. North Carolina is among three states that have been
       experimenting with this initiative. Therefore, the data is unique and quite revolutionary in the provision
       of online learning. The goals of the evaluation are two-fold: to provide transparency in the delivery of
       NCVPS services and the balancing of technological innovation with the use of data. The response rate of
       5 percent for high school principals continues to be an area of concern. In addition, the sample size of
       students is about 20 percent. But on a positive note, it is a large sample with approximately 1,800
       respondents. According to the data, in its second year of statewide offerings, NCVPS has experienced
       notable improvements in the operations from the 2008 survey. The Friday Institute compared responses
       from the 2009 survey with the exact same questions used in the 2008 survey to determine how
       respondents’ perceptions may have changed. Dr. Brady highlighted the findings of the survey. Survey
       questions asked addressed student success, advocacy for NCVPS, course quality, teaching quality,
       advising quality, and student barriers to success in NCVPS courses. The report is available online at
       www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2009/10.
    • Board member John Tate suggested that this information be shared with the legislature relative to
       continuing investment in infrastructure in the school environment.
    • Board members expressed concern about the low response rate by administrators. Dr. Atkinson will work
       with the Friday Institute to help increase participation by administrators.
    • There was no additional discussion.

This item was presented for information only. (See Attachment LFI 1)


                                             CONSENT AGENDA

Chairman Harrison explained that during the Board’s planning and work session, the Board agreed to add a
Consent agenda to include routine items that normally create little or no debate such as routine appointments,
items that come for information purposes only, routine reports, and final approval of reports that the Board has
already discussed. Board members may ask that items be removed from the Consent agenda to be discussed on
an individual basis. Consent items will be adopted as a whole.

The Chairman asked if any Board members wanted to remove an item from the Consent agenda. Hearing no
requests, Chairman Harrison asked for a motion to adopt the following Consent items:

    •   GCS 8 – Changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Results
    •   GCS 9 – Recommended Final Academic Achievement Standards (Cut Scores) and Achievement
        Level Descriptors for the NCEXTEND1 Alternate Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8 and 10;
        Mathematics Grades 3-8 and 10; Science Grades 5, 8, and 10; and Writing Grade 10
    •   GCS 10 – Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee: Implementation of the
        ABCs and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program
    •   GCS 11 – Changes to SBE Policies Resulting from Actions of the NC General Assembly and
        U.S. Department of Education
    •   HRS 2 – Care for School Children with Diabetes – Additional Requirements
    •   TCP 4 – Annual Report on the Reasons Teachers Leave (Teacher Turnover Report)
    •   TCS 3 – LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests


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Upon motion by Mr. Tom Speed, and seconded by Ms. Kathy Taft, the Board voted unanimously to approve the
Consent agenda which includes GCS 8, GCS 9, GCS 10, GCS 11, HRS 2, TCP 4, and TCS 3.


                                GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE STUDENTS
                           (Ms. Kathy Taft, Chair; Ms. Patricia Willoughby, Vice Chair)

CONSENT
GCS 8 – Changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Results
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-105.20.40 (Article 8B), 115C-105.35

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Curriculum,
                Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio (Director of
                Accountability Policy & Communications)
Description:
Changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Report will be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) for Consent
at the October 2009 meeting.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the changes to the 2008-09 ABCs/AYP Report.

(See Attachment GCS 8)


CONSENT
GCS 9 – Recommended Final Academic Achievement Standards (Cut Scores) and Achievement Level
         Descriptors for the NCEXTEND1 Alternate Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8 and 10;
         Mathematics Grades 3-8 and 10; Science Grades 5, 8, and 10; and Writing Grade 10
Policy Implications: General Statute § G.S.115C.174.11; SBE Policy #GCS-C-029; Individuals with
                      Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela H. Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
                Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio
                (Director of Accountability Policy & Communications)
Description:
The recommended final academic achievement standards (cut scores) and achievement level descriptors for the
NCEXTEND1 alternate assessments (Edition 2) in the areas of reading grades 3-8 and 10, mathematics grades 3-8
and 10, science grades 5, 8, and 10, and writing grade 10 are provided for adoption as Consent at the October
2009 meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE).

The NCEXTEND1 is a redesigned and implemented alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive
disabilities. The NCEXTEND1 Edition 2 replaced the NCEXTEND1 Edition 1 effective with the 2007-08 school
year. In October 2008, the SBE adopted interim standards to be applied to assessments administered during the
2007-08 school year and the 2008-09 school year. These interim standards were set using teacher judgment
information under the Contrasting Groups method along with the use of the Reasoned Judgment method which
involved assessment, Exceptional Children, and content experts analyzing consequential data and the use of
exemplars to determine the recommended cut scores for each of the tests.




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In August 2009, with two years of test data available, an external contractor conducted a test-based standard
setting activity to provide additional information for recommending final cut scores and achievement level
descriptors.

The recommendation for the NCEXTEND1 cut scores will be sent to the SBE members prior to the October SBE
meeting.

In addition, the policy is amended to reflect (1) the elimination of the Writing Assessment at Grades 4 and 7
effective 2008-09 and (2) the elimination of the Grade 3 Pretest in Reading and Mathematics effective 2009-10.

Recommendations:
The SBE is asked to approve the amendments to SBE Policy # GCS-C-029.

(See Attachment GCS 9)


CONSENT
GCS 10 – Report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee: Implementation of the ABCs
           and Statewide Consolidated Assistance Program
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-12(25)

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela H. Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
                Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services), Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio
                (Director of Accountability Policy & Communications, Accountability Services), Dr. Rebecca B.
                Garland (Associate Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Academic Services and Instructional
                Support), and Dr. Pat Ashley (Director, District and School Transformation)
Description:
G. S. §115C-12(25) requires the State Board of Education to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Education
Oversight Committee (JLEOC) annually by October 15 regarding the continued implementation of the ABCs
Plan. Information in the report includes an update of the thirteenth year of ABCs results for schools, report on the
statewide system of support, AYP results as required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and schools identified as
low-performing.

The ABCs/AYP report for the 2008-09 school year was released electronically through the Internet. The
ABCs/AYP Report and Supplemental Disaggregated State, School System and School Performance results were
made available on August 6, 2009, and are accessible at http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs/. The Executive
Summary for the ABCs will be updated to reflect changes approved by the SBE at its October 2009 meeting
before the full report is submitted to JLEOC.

In addition, this report contains information as required through Section 7.6(b) of S.L.2006-66, which granted the
State Board of Education authority to use funds appropriated to the State Public School Fund for the consolidated
assistance program in support of the ongoing implementation of the ABCs.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the SBE approve the report.

(See Attachment GCS 10)




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CONSENT
GCS 11 – Changes to SBE Policies Resulting from Actions of the NC General Assembly and U.S.
           Department of Education
Policy Implications: SBE Policy #GCS-A-000, GCS-A-001, GCS-A-003, GCS-A-011, GCS-C-005, GCS-C-
                     010, GCS-C-013, GCS-C-015, GCS-C-018, GCS-C-019, GCS-C-021, GCS-C-022, GCS-
                     C-024, GCS-C-029, GCS-C-031, GCS-N-003, GCS-N-004, and GCS-N-005; APA # 16
                     NCAC 6D.0301, 16 NCAC 6D.0302, 16 NCAC 6G.0305, 16 NCAC 6G.0312, 16 NCAC
                     6G.0313, 16 NCAC 6D.0502, 16 NCAC 6D.0503, and 16 NCAC 6D.0504

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela H. Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
                Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio
                (Director of Accountability Policy & Communications)
Description:
Effective with the 2009-10 school year, Senate Bill 202/S.L. 2009-451 eliminated funding for most state
administered tests that are not currently required by federal law or as a condition of federal grants. These tests
include the following:
    • Computer Skills,
    • Chemistry End-of-Course,
    • Physics End-of-Course,
    • Reading and Mathematics Competency, and
    • Grade 3 Reading and Mathematics Pretests.

In response to the technical peer review letter dated August 12, 2009 from the U.S. Department of Education
(USED), the North Carolina Checklist of Academic Standards was eliminated from the North Carolina Testing
Program at the September 2009 meeting.

In a response to the elimination of the aforementioned assessments, certain SBE policies have been amended or,
as appropriate, deleted as reflected in the attached “Summary of NCSBE Policy Clarifications.”

Recommendations:
SBE should approve the amendments to, or deletion, as appropriate, of the attached policies. Approval of the
changes to APA policies will initiate the APA process.

(See Attachment GCS 11)


                              HEALTHY, RESPONSIBLE STUDENTS COMMITTEE
                          (Ms. Patricia Willoughby, Chair; Mr. Reginald Kenan, Vice Chair)

CONSENT
HRS 2 – Care for School Children with Diabetes – Additional Requirements
Policy Implications: Senate Bill 738

Presenter(s):   Mrs. Paula Hudson Collins (Chief Health-Community Relations Officer/State Superintendent’s
                Office)
Description:
Senate Bill 738 is an Act which requires boards of directors of charter schools to implement the guidelines adopted
by the State Board of Education for the development and implementation of individual diabetes care plans and to
require local boards of education and boards of directors of charter schools to report annually, by August 15, to the




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State Board of Education about their compliance with these guidelines. The guidelines must meet or exceed
recommendations for management of childhood diabetes set forth by the American Diabetes Association.

A copy of the original Senate Bill 911, Care for School Children with Diabetes, is attached as well as the required
templates and documents approved by the State Board of Education in January 2003 for managing students with
diabetes in the school setting.

A copy of Senate Bill 738 outlining the additional requirements related to the Care of School Children with
Diabetes is also attached. Plans are in place for the required diabetes data to be collected via the Annual School
Nurse Report and for the summary data to be shared with local boards of education and local boards of directors of
charter schools for reporting to the State Board of Education.

Recommendations:
The State Board of Education should adopt these additional requirements to meet the full guidelines for the care
of school children with diabetes enhanced by Senate Bill 738.

(See Attachment HRS 2)


                   21ST CENTURY PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORT
                          (Ms. Shirley Harris, Chair; Mr. John Tate, Vice Chair)


CONSENT
TCP 4 – Annual Report on the Reasons Teachers Leave (Teacher Turnover Report)
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-12(22)

Presenter(s):     Dr. Rebecca Garland (Associate State Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Academic
                  Services and Instructional Support)
Description:
GS § 115C-12(22) requires the State Board of Education to monitor and compile an annual report on the decisions
of teachers who leave the teaching profession. To this end, LEAs are asked to complete an annual report on the
reasons teachers leave their systems. The report for the 2008-09 school year is attached.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the Board approve the report.

(See Attachment TCP 1)


                                 TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SYSTEMS
                    BUSINESS/FINANCE AND ADVOCACY COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORT
                           (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair; Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

CONSENT
TCS 3 – LEA-Wide Calendar Waiver Requests
Policy Implications: General Statute # 115-C 84.2; SBE Policy # TCS-V-000

Presenter(s):   Mr. Philip Price (Associate Superintendent, Financial and Business Services) and Mrs. Alexis
                Schauss (Assistant Director, School Business Division)



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Description:
Attached is a summary of waivers submitted by local education agencies (LEAs) for the start and end date of the
2010-11 school calendar year, in accordance with G.S. § 115-C-84.2 (HB1464, Se. 1.5(d), 2004). These LEAs
meet the criteria of missing eight or more days of school in four of the last ten years.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the various waiver requests allowing LEAs to vary
from the August 25 beginning and June 10 ending dates.

(See Attachment TCS 3)


                  COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS ON ACTION ON FIRST READING,
                            ACTION AND DISCUSSION AGENDA


                                GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE STUDENTS
                           (Ms. Kathy Taft, Chair; Ms. Patricia Willoughby, Vice Chair)

ACTION
GCS 1 – Honors Course Policy Revisions
Policy Implications: SBE Policy # GCS-L-004

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Curriculum,
                Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Cindy Williamson (Director,
                Division of K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division)
Description:
The K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division has provided the findings of the Honors Course
Review and recommends changes in current SBE Policy # GCS-L-004 outlining standards and including a formal
review process for all courses eligible for honors weight.

Recommendations:
The State Board of Education members are requested to approve the revisions of SBE Policy # GCS-L-004.

Discussion/Comments:
    • There was no discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Kathy Taft, and seconded by Ms. Christine Greene, the Board voted unanimously to approve
the revisions of SBE Policy # GCS-L-004 as recommended. (See Attachment GCS 1)


ACTION
GCS 2 – High School Courses Taken in the Middle School: Considerations for English I
Policy Implications: SBE Policy # GCS-M-001

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Curriculum,
                Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services), Dr. Cindy Williamson (Director, Division
                of K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division) and Dr. Marilyn Palmer (Section
                Chief, K-12 English Language Arts)



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Description:
The K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Division will share information with the GCS Committee on
expanding the current SBE Policy # GCS-M-001 to allow middle school students to take and receive credit for
high school English I.

Recommendations:
The State Board of Education members are requested to approve the expansion of the existing policy to include
English I.

Discussion/Comments:
    • GCS Committee Chair Kathy Taft noted a great deal of discussion concerning the expansion of this
       policy to allow middle school students to take and receive credit for high school English I.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Kathy Taft, and seconded by Ms. Patricia Willoughby, the Board voted to approve the
expansion of the existing policy, GCS-M-001, to include English I. Board member Christine Greene voted in
opposition. (See Attachment GCS 2)


ACTION
GCS 3 – Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Evaluation Policy
Policy Implications: PL 107-110, No Child Left Behind

Presenter(s):   Dr. Rebecca Garland (Associate State Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Academic
                Services and Instructional Support) and Mrs. Charlotte Hughes (Director, Program Monitoring
                and Support)
Description:
The reauthorization of ESEA, Section 1116 of Title I in No Child Left Behind, requires that the State Education
Agency (SEA) develop, implement, and publicly report on standards and techniques for monitoring the quality
and effectiveness of services offered by approved supplemental educational services (SES) providers.
Additionally, the SEA must establish procedures for withdrawing approval from providers that fail, for two
consecutive years, to contribute to increasing the academic proficiency of students served by the providers. SES
provides additional academic instruction that is provided outside of the regular school day and designed to
increase the academic achievement of eligible students in schools required to provide such services in accordance
with NCLB. These services may include academic assistance such as tutoring, remediation, and other educational
interventions. Attached are descriptions for the process and evaluation measures that will meet this federal
requirement for evaluating SES providers.

Recommendations:
The State Board of Education is requested to approve the Supplemental Educational Services policy.

Discussion/Comments:
    • GCS Committee Chair Kathy Taft directed Board members to the revised information printed on yellow
       paper. She added that with revisions, this is a much more rigorous policy for evaluating SES providers.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Kathy Taft, and seconded by Mr. Reginald Kenan the Board voted unanimously to approve
the Supplemental Educational Services policy. (See Attachment GCS 3)




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ACTION ON FIRST READING
GCS 4 – 2009 Textbook Adoption and Textbook Commission Report
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-85-86, 115C-89; SBE Policy # HSP-H-000, HSP-H-004;
                          APA # 16NCAC 6D.0204, 0209
Presenter(s): Dr. Rebecca Garland (Associate State Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Academic
                  Services and Instructional Support), Mrs. Charlotte Hughes (Director, Program Monitoring and
                  Support) and Dr. Diane Frost (Chairperson, N.C. Textbook Commission)
Description:
Dr. Diane Frost, Chairperson of the North Carolina Textbook Commission, will present a list of recommendations
for textbooks to be adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The report also covers the Textbook
Commission’s activities for the year, including the evaluation and deliberation process, selection of evaluators,
and other issues related to textbook adoption. The 2009 Recommended and Not Recommended Bid List is
available at http://newdev.www.ncpublicschools.org/textbook/adopted/.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the list of textbooks recommended by the Textbook
Commission.

Discussion/Comments:
    • GCS Committee Chair Kathy Taft recognized Dr. Diane Frost, Chair of the Textbook Commission, who
       was present in the audience.
    • Prior to making a motion, Ms. Taft noted that a roll call vote is required for this item.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Kathy Taft, and seconded by Ms. Christine Greene, the Board voted unanimously to approve
the list of textbooks recommended by the Textbook Commission. A roll call vote was taken; see attached list.
(See Attachment GCS 4)


ACTION ON FIRST READING
GCS 5 – Compliance Commission Recommendations for Field Testing and Special Studies Appeals for the
         2009-10 School Year
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-174.12 (b1); SBE Policy # TCS-B-000; SBE Directive

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela H. Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
                Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services) and Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio
                (Director of Accountability Policy & Communications)
Description:
On August 31, 2009, LEAs were notified of participation in field tests and special studies for the 2009-10 school
year. LEAs were permitted to file an official appeal requesting that a school be excluded from a specific field test
sample based on a written justification submitted by the LEA superintendent along with a Request for Appeals
form. Requests for Appeals were collected by the Division of Accountability Services and presented to the
Compliance Commission for Accountability at a conference call meeting held September 17, 2009. The field test
appeals and the Compliance Commission recommendations regarding each of the appeals are being provided to
the SBE at the October meeting for approval.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the SBE approve the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding the appeals.




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Discussion/Comments:
    • There was no discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Kathy Taft, and seconded by Ms. Shirley Harris, the Board voted unanimously to approve
the Compliance Commission’s recommendations regarding the appeals. (See Attachment GCS 5)


DISCUSSION
GCS 6 – Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model
Policy Implications: SBE’s “Framework for Change”

Presenter(s):   Ms. Angela H. Quick (Assistant State Superintendent/Deputy Chief Academic Officer,
                Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Accountability Services), Dr. Louis M. Fabrizio
                (Director of Accountability Policy & Communications) and Dr. Gary L. Williamson (Director of
                Accountability Operations)
Description:
The Department of Public Instruction established the Accountability and Curriculum Revision Effort (ACRE) to
develop and implement a response to the Framework for Change adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE).
In the Framework for Change (June 5, 2008), the SBE directed the Department to examine the K-8 accountability
model with a 21st century focus and to develop a new high school accountability model (p. 5, items 6 and 7). 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. However, there are decision-points related to each proposed
component that merit discussion and input from the SBE before moving ahead with the proposed plan. The
attached two-page document provides a vehicle for discussion of key issues and identifies questions for
consideration by the SBE. The attached graph portrays an example of longitudinal growth.

Recommendations:
Discuss and provide guidance to the Department.

Discussion/Comments:
    • GCS Committee Chair Kathy Taft noted that discussion of this item took place on Wednesday during the
       Committee meeting.
    • There was no further discussion.

This item is submitted for discussion in October and will be presented at the November meeting for action. (See
Attachment GCS 6)


                         HEALTHY, RESPONSIBLE STUDENTS COMMITTEE
                     (Ms. Patricia Willoughby, Chair; Mr. Reginald Kenan, Vice Chair)

DISCUSSION
HRS 1 – Revisions to HRS-A-000 and Definitions of Reportable Acts
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-288(g), 115C-12(21); SBE Policy # HRS-A-000; No Child
                      Left Behind




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Presenter(s):   Dr. Rebecca Garland (Associate State Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Academic
                Services and Instructional Support) and Mrs. Charlotte Hughes (Director, Program Monitoring
                and Support Division)
Description:
Uniform statewide data on crime is partly dependent on wide acceptance of the definitions of the 17 acts that
schools are required to report to the State Board of Education (SBE) and to law enforcement. The original
definitions were approved in 2001 and have been in place over eight years without modification. Because only 10
of the 17 acts are specified in GS § 115C-288(g), some confusion exists over the requirement to report the acts to
law enforcement. In addition, SBE Policy # HRS-A-000 does not currently contain the definitions of the acts to
which it refers.

Input was obtained from the NC Association of Educators (NCAE), the NC Association of School Administrators
(NCASA), the NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA), the NC School Boards Association
(NCSBA), and Disability Rights NC (DRNC) in regard to needed changes to the 17 definitions and SBE Policy #
HRS-A-000. Minor changes to improve clarity and to update reporting mechanisms have been proposed. The
major changes recommended are to incorporate the definitions within SBE Policy # HRS-A-000 and to change
the conditions under which three of the acts are to be reported to law enforcement.

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the SBE review the proposed revisions to SBE Policy # HRS-A-000 and provide
feedback.

Discussion/Comments:
    • HRS Committee Chair Patricia Willoughby noted a great deal of discussion on this item during the HRS
       Committee meeting on Wednesday. As a result, staff will make revisions based on feedback to improve
       clarity and update reporting mechanisms. The major changes recommended are to incorporate the
       definitions within SBE Policy # HRS-A-000 and to change the conditions under which several of the acts
       are to be reported to law enforcement.
    • There was no additional discussion.

This item is submitted for discussion in October and will be presented at the November meeting for action. (See
Attachment HRS 1)


                   21ST CENTURY PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORT
                            (Ms. Shirley Harris, Chair; Mr. John Tate, Vice Chair)

ACTION
TCP 1 – Proposed Standards for the Evaluation of School Psychologists
Policy Implications: SBE Policy #TCP-C-006

Presenter(s):   Ms. Teresa A. Smith (K-12 Student Support Services Consultant, Division of K-12 Curriculum,
                Instruction & Technology)
Description:
In June 2007, the State Board of Education approved new standards for the evaluation of teachers. In December
2008, the Board approved new standards for the evaluation of school counselors and school social workers. New
standards for the evaluation of school psychologists, aligned with the new teacher standards, have been developed
and are presented for discussion this month. When approved by the Board, the new standards will be the basis of
the new evaluation instrument for school psychologists, which are aligned with the new instruments that have
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Recommendations:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the proposed standards for the evaluation of school
psychologists. It is also recommended that the job description be used as the professional standards support
document.

Discussion/Comments:
    • TCP Committee Chair Shirley Harris noted that the new standards are aligned with all of the teacher and
       counselors standards. Once approved, the new standards will serve as the basis of the new evaluation
       instrument for school psychologists.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Shirley Harris, and seconded by Ms. Kathy Taft, the Board voted unanimously to approve
the proposed standards for the evaluation of school psychologists, and requires that the job description be used
as the professional standards support document. (See Attachment TCP 1)


ACTION ON FIRST READING
TCP 2 – 2009 IHE Performance Report
Policy Implications: General Statute § 115C-296(b1); SBE Policy #QP-B-008

Presenter(s):   Dr. Kathy Sullivan (Senior Policy Advisor, NC Education Cabinet)

Description:
G.S. § 115C-296(b1) requires an annual performance report on undergraduate and graduate teacher education
programs. The IHE Performance Reports for the 2008-09 school year will be distributed at the Board meeting.
Separate reports will be issued for undergraduate programs, master’s level programs, and school administration
programs. Upon approval, the IHE Performance Reports will be forwarded to the Joint Legislative Education
Oversight Committee.

Recommendations:
It is requested that the State Board of Education approve the IHE Performance Reports so that they may be
forwarded to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee.

Discussion/Comments:
    • TCP Committee Chair Shirley Harris directed Board members to their materials for the general findings
       of the annual report. She highlighted the overall School Leaders Licensure Assessment pass rate was 99
       percent, and only one institution did not have a pass rate of 100 percent. Its pass rate was 98 percent. No
       institution had a pass rate below 85 percent. In addition, IHEs reported an increase in the enrollment of
       both full-time and part-time degree-seeking students and licensure-only students in undergraduate teacher
       education programs.
    • Board member Kathy Taft expressed concern about the low response rate for this report. Ms. Harris
       acknowledged Ms. Taft’s concern, but explained that the survey was released last year when furloughs
       were taking place and teacher cuts were being made which may have impacted the number of responses.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Shirley Harris, and seconded by Ms. Patricia Willoughby, the Board voted unanimously to
accept the 2009 IHE Performance Report to be forwarded to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight
Committee. (See Attachment TCP 2)




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ACTION ON FIRST READING
TCP 3 – Final Decision in Contested Cases: John R. Hall vs. SBE; Kenneth H. Leftwich vs. June
         Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Policy Implications: General Statute § 150B-36

Presenter(s): Ms. Katie Cornetto (Staff Attorney, State Board of Education)

Description:
Mr. John R. Hall filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s denial of his request for salary credit for
non-teaching work experience. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.

Mr. Kenneth B. Leftwich filed a petition for a contested case to challenge DPI’s revocation of petitioner’s
teaching license. The Administrative Law Judge upheld the agency’s action.

Recommendations:
The State Board shall issue a Final Agency Decision in each of the contested cases.

Discussion/Comments:
    • TCP Committee Chair Shirley Harris noted that discussion on this item took place during closed session
       on Wednesday.
    • There was no further discussion.

Upon motion by Ms. Shirley Harris, and seconded by Ms. Christine Greene, the Board voted unanimously to
adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s recommended decision in the contested case of John R. Hall vs. SBE, and
Kenneth B. Leftwich vs. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction as the State Board of Education’s
Final Agency Decision as recommended in each of the contest cases. (See Attachment TCP 3)


                                 TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SYSTEMS
                    BUSINESS/FINANCE AND ADVOCACY COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORT
                           (Mr. Kevin Howell, Chair; Mr. Tom Speed, Vice Chair)

ACTION ON FIRST READING
TCS 1 – Approval of Grant – Learn and Serve America Program
Policy Implications: SBE Policy # TCS-O-001

Presenter(s):   Mr. Philip Price (Associate Superintendent, Financial and Business Services), Dr. Cindy
                Williamson (Director, K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology) and Mrs. Charlotte Hughes
                (Director, Program Monitoring and Support Division)
Description:
The grant listed below is being submitted for approval. Please see attachment for description of grant.
   • Attachment 1 – Learn and Serve America Program

Recommendations:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the grant. Action on First Reading is being
recommended in order to distribute funding to school systems in a timely manner.

Discussion/Comments:
    • There was no discussion.



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Upon motion by Mr. Tom Speed, and seconded by Ms. Shirley Harris, the Board voted unanimously to approve
the Learn and Serve America Program grant award as recommended. (See Attachment TCS 1)

UPDATE ON CONTRACTS
(See Attachment in book)

•   TCS Committee Vice Chair Tom Speed encouraged Board members to review the contracts listed for
    information in the Board book.
•   There was no further discussion.


STATE SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

In opening comments, Dr. Atkinson recognized Superintendent William Miller, Polk County Schools, who was
present in the audience.

State Superintendent’s Career-Ready Commission
The fourth Career-Ready Commission meeting took place on September 8, 2009. Agenda items included:
            • Overview of NC’s Economy: Impact of the Current Recession
               Secretary Keith Crisco, NC Department of Commerce
            • Commerce Industry Cluster Strategy
               Chris Harder, Senior Economist, NC Department of Commerce
            • A Blueprint for Improving High Achievement and Graduation Rates for SREB States
               Dr. Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice-President, SREB

Commission members are on schedule to finalize their recommendations at the next meeting scheduled for
October 29. For more information, go to www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/office/commissions/ .

Title I Distinguished Schools Program
The Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program showcases Title I schools that are implementing
successful supplemental education programs for the state’s most academically needy students. The school
selected for each category is recognized by the NCDPI with a monetary award of $7,500 and represents North
Carolina at the National Title I Conference. For 2009-10, First Flight Elementary School in Kill Devil Hills
represented North Carolina in the category of High Student Achievement. Forestville Road Elementary School in
Knightdale represented North Carolina in the category of Closing the Gap.

Superintendents’ Quarterly Meeting
The Superintendents’ Quarterly Meeting will be held on October 28, 2009. Agenda items include:
   • Race to the Top State Proposal
   • Accountability and Curriculum Revision Effort (ACRE) Project – Accountability Model

The primary objective of the meeting is to get input from the superintendents on these key issues. Another
objective is to begin development of a Race to the Top Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

New Superintendents’ Orientation
The New Superintendents’ Orientation was held on September 17, 2009.
Agenda items included:
   • Overview of each NCDPI area’s staff contacts, services, and key initiatives
   • Communication methods



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    •   Strategic planning based on SBE goals

There are twenty-three new superintendents in the state.

NC RTTT Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Rationale for focus on engagement:
    • Provides working teams with new, innovative ideas
    • Creates opportunities to vet existing ideas
    • Improves chances of proposal success
    • Increases potential of implementation success

  Key engagement activities:
   • September – Share emerging initiatives with districts, key associations and business partners via
       webinars; post messages from Governor, Superintendent, and State Board of Education Chair on website
   • October – Share first draft highlights with districts, key associations and business partners via webinars
       and association meetings; discuss initial district execution opportunities
   • November – Share final federal guidelines and NC proposal second draft with districts, key associations,
       and business partners; begin securing official support for proposal
   • December – Share final proposal and secure official support from key stakeholders

21st CCLC Energizers
AfterSchool Energizers was developed by East Carolina University in partnership with the NCDPI Support
Section and 21st Century Community Learning Center Directors. Afterschool leaders can promote character
development, life skills training, and academic enrichment through the use of the energizer activities and
reflections. North Carolina is the first state CCLC program in the country to develop this type of document.
Copies of the Energizers were offered to Board members.

Project K-Nect
A news clip video highlighting the Onslow County Schools’ SmartPhone initiative was shared to show the
excellent results as measured by the Algebra EOC tests. Project K-Nect is a two-year pilot program that began in
Onslow County in 2008.

Graduation Rates
As a part of the SBE’s initiative to focus on increasing graduation rates, Superintendent Atkinson unveiled a new
public website that Department staff developed for district staff and others to use in setting benchmarks for
graduation rate improvement. The site will be available to the public on October 12 following the Graduation
Rate Achievement Awards & Recognition Program. The site will also be shared at the Graduation Summit on
October 22. The site reflects the disaggregated comparisons of the four-year cohort graduation rate by district and
school. In addition, the data illustrate the four-year cohort rate broken down by student groups including
ethnicity, ethnicity and gender, demographics and special groups. Superintendent Atkinson recognized the
following staff for their diligence in producing this public site: Mr. Julian Alhour, Ms. Tracy Blount, and Ms.
Ouida Myers.

Recent Activities of the State Superintendent
   Delivered remarks/keynote address at
   • W Governor’s Press Conference on H1N1
   • Durham County Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council
   • NC Family/School/Community Engagement Summit
   • Shaw University Leadership Forum
   • Assistant Principal Professional Development Graduation Ceremony


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    •   NC Reading Association State Meeting
    •   NW RESA Superintendents’ Council

    Participated in
    • United We Serve Project: Crayon2Calculators Program
    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Academies Tour with Lt. Governor Walter Dalton
    • ARCC State Advisory Board
    • NC Professional Teaching Standards Commission Meeting
    • School Visits
            Adams Year-Round School, Wake County
            Wilkesboro Elementary, Wilkes County
            C.C. Wright Elementary, Wilkes County
            Wilkes Central High, Wilkes County
    • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Briefing


CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS

Legislative Update
Chairman Harrison directed Board members to their notebooks under the “Other” tab for a copy of the tentative meeting
schedule for the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meetings for October through May and an agenda for
the first meeting in October. The Education Legislation book is near completion. Board members will receive an email
with a link to the report.

Halifax County Update
The Chairman provided a brief status report on Halifax County Schools noting that Board member Willoughby traveled
with him to visit some of the schools and meet with the interim superintendent, Dr. Ashley and the Turnaround team. The
district is in the process of conducting a superintendent search.

Other
Work continues on Race to the Top. A detailed report will be provided in November.

The Education Cabinet met. Governor Perdue provided clear direction with regard to the Common Core Standards with
more intentional alignment with K-12 and the university system.

The Chairman spoke briefly about the NASBE Study Groups. Board members were asked to inform Dr. Harrison if they
are interested in participating on one of the study groups below. Topics proposed include

    •   The Structure of Schools: Time and Technology in 21st Century Learning,
    •   Developing the 21st Century Educator, and
    •   For the Common Good: Challenges and Opportunities in Coordinating the K-12 Education and Military Sectors
        to Meet the Needs of Youth.

The NASBE Fall Conference is scheduled for October 14-17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Board member Shirley Harris will
represent the State Board of Education at the conference. Ms. Betsy West (Assistant Executive Director) will attend the
meeting of the State Board Executives and Ms. Katie Cornetto (Staff Attorney) and Ms. Laura Crumpler (Special Deputy
Attorney General) will attend the meeting of the State Board Attorneys.




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The Charter School Ad hoc Committee met on Wednesday to address the process for approval to ensure clarity with an
emphasis on high standards, accountability, and innovation. In addition, the Committee is working on a process for non-
renewal of low-performing charters with specific action to be taken for schools in the category of low-performing for
three consecutive years, the role of the Office of Charter Schools, and the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon
Commission.

OLD BUSINESS

N/A

NEW BUSINESS

N/A

ADJOURNMENT

Indicating no other business, Chairman Harrison requested a motion to adjourn. Upon motion by Mr. Wayne McDevitt,
and seconded by Mr. John Tate, Board members voted unanimously to adjourn the September 30 – October 1, 2009,
meeting of the State Board of Education in memory of Mr. McDevitt’s former principal, Mr. Clive M. Whitt.




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