The State Board of Education held their monthly meeting today. The State Board approved select items and received updates from various departments. For the full meeting agenda and attachment please click here. Some of the highlights from the meeting are as follows:
Legislative Director Ann McColl gave a legislative update that included “10 Key Pieces of Legislation from the 2012 Legislative Session.” Some of laws she discussed were as follows:
1. K-3 Literacy Plan: Students must be retained in the 3rd grade if they are not reading on grade level as determined by the end-of-grade reading comprehension test.
2. School Performance Grades : As part of the annual report card for each LEA, the State Board must award an overall numerical school performance score on a scale of 0-100 and corresponding letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F).
3. School Calendar Requirements: The 115 local boards of education have the ability to set yearly schedules that meet for 185 classroom days or 1,025 hours beginning in 2013. Currently, local boards of education have to meet both the hour and day minimums.
Please click here for a list of other education related pieces of legislation discussed.
Race to the Top Update
Race to the Top Director Adam Levinson gave an update on Race to the Top. The US Department of Education conducted site visits to NC in April designed to give North Carolina feedback and areas to work on prior to their formal report in January 2013.
The USDOE commended North Carolina for the following:
- Supporting the transition to new Common Core and Essential Standards
- Developing a strong system for measuring teacher effectiveness
- Forming supportive partnerships with our lowest achieving districts and schools
Click here for more information about Race to the Top.
North Carolina Virtual Public School Update
Director Ross White gave an update on the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS). He indicated NCVPS enrollment is 24,422 for 2012-2013. Summer 2012 enrollment is 8,004, which is down 20% due to several courses being unavailable. Some of the courses made available include 5 Chinese, 2 Japanese, and 2 Arabic courses. Please click here for more information about NCVPS.
The State Board voted to revoke operating charters for Bridges Charter School in Wilkes County and Highland Charter School in Gastonia. They are the first to lose their state-granted charters purely for performance reasons. The state board also revoked the charter of Cape Lookout Marine Science High School in Morehead City because of financial problems.
The law states that the Board “shall revoke the charter of any charter school when, for two of three consecutive school years, the charter school does not meet or exceed expected growth and has a Performance Composite below 60%.”
Since Bridges Charter School and Highland Charter School failed to attain a 60% performance composite or meet their growth targets the past two years, they were deemed inadequate and their charter was revoked.
Please click here for documents detailing the correspondence between the Office of Charter Schools and the respective charters schools on this issue.
The next board State Board of Education meeting will be August 1-2.