NCDPI Web highlights

*Congratulations to 2007 Governor’s School Students*

The list of students who completed the 2007 Governor’s School session is now available online.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a six-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of the two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.

The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing/visual arts area.

*Online PE Guidelines Help Educators and Administrators to Examine Virtual Physical Education*

Guidelines to determine if online physical education courses are an appropriate instructional alternative can be downloaded and reviewed here.

For schools and teachers already offering online physical education course, these guidelines might serve as a checklist for improving the quality of physical education for students.

*New Tools, Resources for Parents and Educators on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Web Site*

The NCLB Web site features new information tools and resources for educators and parents.

-NCLB Newsletter August 2007 Edition

In this edition you’ll find a feature on 2007-08 Teacher of the Year James Bell and his school, Chowan Middle, which is working through the Title I School Improvement process. Other stories include a feature on new NCDPI associate superintendent Robert Logan and his ideas on NCDPI’s changing role in offering schools and districts assistance as well as information on supplemental educational services, accountability, the Blue Ribbon Commission, calendar items and more.

To view or download the newsletter please visit here.

New NCLB Glossary

The NCLB glossary is updated with definitions specific to how the law is applied in North Carolina. The interactive glossary defines over 100 NCLB-related terms in an easy-to-understand format. The glossary is available at here.

Proficiency Target Goals for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2007-2008

This chart, in two downloadable formats, shows North Carolina’s target goals for Grades 3-8 and Grade 10 in reading and mathematics.

Access the Title I Chart That Explains Your School’s Journey in Improvement

This newly-designed chart outlines the consequences for Title I schools in Improvement.

FAQs on Public School Choice and SES

Answers to frequently asked questions on public school choice and supplemental educational services have been updated. The FAQs document is available here for public school choice and SES

AYP Topics for 2007-08

This updated overview of Adequate Yearly Progress in North Carolina takes the mystery out of what’s new and what’s not. The overview is available here.

Talking Point Suggestions for AYP Results

This is a guide for school leaders of Title 1 schools. The guide includes introductory information on how to best frame and communicate your school’s status and provides links to resources providing additional information, handouts, presentations and
parent notification templates. Link to the guide here.

Title I School Improvement Presentation

This 26-slide PowerPoint presentation, appropriate for a parent or staff audience, covers the basics of Adequate Yearly Progress, entering and exiting Title I School Improvement, public school choice and supplemental educational services. View or download any of the presentations here.

SES Presentation

School and district administrators responsible for overseeing supplemental educational services (SES) programs can use this new
PowerPoint to help explain how SES works. This presentation defines supplemental educational services and explains the different responsibilities of service providers, school districts, and parents. The presentation includes funding explanations and options for school districts.

Title I Brochures

No Child Left Behind: For North Carolina Parents with Students Attending Title I Schools is a good resource for parents who want to know how NCLB affects their child’s Title I school. The brochure covers information about academic standards and assessments, public reporting, Adequate Yearly Progress, Title I parents’ rights to information and involvement as well as consequences for Title I schools in Title I Improvement. A brief glossary of NCLB-related terms is included.

No Child Left Behind: A North Carolina Parent’s Perspective is a good resource for school leaders to distribute to parents of children who attend non-Title I schools. The brochure covers how NCLB affects all schools regarding academic standards and assessments, public reporting, Adequate Yearly Progress, Highly Qualified teachers and Title I District Improvement. A brief glossary of NCLB-related terms is included.

*Exceptional Children Web Site Updates*

The Exceptional Children Web site has been updated with a number of new documents including:

Dispute Resolution

All the mediation forms have been updated for 2007 and are available at the above link.

A list of child care centers licensed by the Division of Child Development that are approved to provide developmental day services is available on the Allotment and Allocations page at the above link as well.

Registration and Exhibitor information is now available for the 57th Annual Conference on Exceptional Children, Nov. 12-14, 2007, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

*Updated Information Available on Compensatory Education Web Site*

The Compensatory Education Web site has also been updated with several documents including:

2007-08 Supplemental Educational Service Providers.

School districts responsible for offering Supplemental Educational Services during the 2007-2008 school year may reference the document to access SES provider information. View or download the provider list.

Presentations from the June 2007 workshops

These presentations in Hickory, Knightdale and Rocky Mount are available to review and download. The presentations cover a range of topics from Framing Issues for School Improvement to Restructuring.

*New Assistance Redesign Project Site Launched*

In response to growing demand for more and different types of support for NC schools and school districts, in May of this year, the NC initiative to redefine and redesign the way it delivers assistance.

To support the agency in this effort, the services of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have been secured. BCG is a management consulting firm with expertise in public education reform. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing the funding for the project.

The site examines progress made to date, key findings to date and products in development.

*New in Publications at NCDPI*

To order, please call 800.663.1250 or visit Publication Sales on the Web.

North Carolina Character Education Informational Handbook & Guide II

Since the passing of the Student Citizen Act of 2001, our State Legislature and our Governor have continued to offer funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the support of Character Education in our schools and communities.

In that spirit, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruct is making the second edition of the “North Carolina Education Informational Handbook and Guide” available to you. This handbook has been updated to offer a renewed look at the Student Citizen Act of 2001 and to serve as a tool for schools’ continued efforts in implementing character education into schools and districts.