State board of ed. to meet April 1-2

The State Board of Education will meet this week, April 1-2, 2009 in the 7th Floor Board Room (unless otherwise noted), Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Following is a summary of the Board’s regular agenda. The complete agenda and executive materials will be posted online early this week.

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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 8:00 — 9:15 a.m.
Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee
State Board members Kevin Howell and John Tate, co-chairs
7th Floor Board Room, Education Building

Action item: Approval of Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.

New business items: Updates on communications, NC WISE, 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs and budget.

9:30 — 11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Globally Competitive Students Committee
State Board members Kathy Taft and Tricia Willoughby, co-chairs
7th Floor Board Room, Education Building

Action items: 2009 invitation to submit textbooks for evaluation and adoption in North Carolina, allowing retest results in the calculation of performance composites of the ABCs and AYP, changes to the policy delineating the components of the ABCs accountability program including AYP for 2008-09 school year, changes to North Carolina’s NCLB Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook and State Board policy language update.

Discussion items: Changes to policy providing annual performance standards under the ABCs model and 2009-2010 writing assessment plan.

State Board of Career and Technical Education

Discussion item: Construction education programs certification and credentials.
New business items: Honors review follow up and ECU Virtual Early College High School Pilot — Education in Second Life.

Healthy Responsible Students Committee

New business item: Parent and family involvement document.

Noon Finance Officers’ Awards Luncheon

1:30 — 2:30 p.m.
21st Century Professionals Committee
State Board member Shirley Harris, chair
Room 504 (Video Conference Center), Education Building

Action item: Proposed revisions to the eligibility requirements for provisional licenses in school counseling and school social work.

New business items: principal and teacher evaluation instrument state level ratings and elementary mathematics program of study and licensure endorsement.

1:30 — 3:00 p.m.
Leadership for Innovation Committee
State Board members Melissa Bartlett and Tom Speed, co-chairs
7th Floor Board Room, Education Building

Action items: Approval of LEAs’ and charter schools’ technology plans, school-based calendar waivers for educational purposes and program approval exemption requests under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act.

New business items: District and school transformation update, new charter school applications and NC Virtual Public School/Learn and Earn Online director’s report.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Under its Information Agenda, Board members will address contract process and procedure then receive an update on the Framework for Change under the Chairman’s remarks. Following the State Superintendent’s report, members will receive reports from Committee chairs and take action on Board items as appropriate.