The State Board of Education will meet next week, December 4-6, in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.
Following are highlights of the Board’s agenda. The complete agenda is available online. Also, the State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend. To listen to the sessions, please go online and scroll to the Live Audio Stream links. For more information, please contact the NCDPI’s Communications division at 919.807.3450.
Tuesday, December 4, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.
The Globally Competitive Students Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Kathy Taft and Tricia Willoughby, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include action on recommended final achievement level descriptors for the Algebra I, Geometry and English I end-of-course tests, recommended interim cut scores and draft achievement level descriptors for the North Carolina science tests and recommended final cut scores and achievement level descriptors for the NCEXTEND2 OCS Writing Assessment at Grade 10. Members also will discuss revision of the North Carolina K-12 English Language Development Standard Course of Study.
The Healthy Responsible Students Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Kathy Taft and Tricia Willoughby, will be meeting in the same room at the end of the Globally Competitive Students Committee meeting. Members will receive an update on implementation of physical activity requirements.
Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 – 9:55 a.m.
The Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Kevin Howell and John Tate, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include action on the Reaching One’s Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Program and National Board Certification Promissory Note for state funding. Members will discuss the Educational Value Added Assessment System (EVAAS) Teacher Module, appointment of individuals to the State Evaluation Committee on Teacher Education, and the Joint Technology Commission Report.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The 21st Century Professionals Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Shirley Harris and Eulada Watt, will meet in Room 504 (Video-Conferencing Center), Education Building. Agenda items include action on revision of the licensure policy to facilitate the licensing of administrators and instructional support personnel as teachers, and discussion of the State Evaluation Committee Program Approval recommendations, annual report on the Reasons Teachers Leave the Profession, and a request to establish an additional Regional Alternative Licensure Center.
10:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Leadership for Innovation Committee, co-chaired by State Board members Melissa Bartlett and Tom Speed, will meet in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. Agenda items include action on 2005-06 LEA Technology Plan Monitoring visits and charter school technology plans. Discussion items include program approval exemption requests under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act, enrollment increase requests above 10 percent and charter school grade changes, and renewal recommendations for charter schools with charters expiring June 2008.
Board members will eat in the President’s Dining Room at Peace College where they will receive a presentation on Peace College’s teacher education program.
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
The Board will meet in whole in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building. The Board’s afternoon session will focus on its Information Agenda including a report on LEA Status for Title III Improvement, an update on the development and piloting of new evaluation instruments for teachers and school executives, and the 2006-07 Annual Report of School Crime and Violence. Committee chairs will present reports to members summarizing discussion of their various agenda items.
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Board members will recognize their new local board of education and principal advisors. Members will then receive reports from the Chairman and State Superintendent, and take action on agenda items as appropriate. The meeting will conclude with a report from the Deputy State Superintendent.