LEA BASED PROGRAMS
Public and LEA (Local Education Agency) based programs managed in the IT PMO include the following:
Exceptional Children's CECAS (Comprehensive Exceptional Children Accountability System)
Federal legislation, particularly the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments, requires states provide a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. To ensure that special education and related services are provided, federal regulations require the maintenance and reporting of many different student statistics. As the special education programs have evolved over the years, and technologies changed, numerous disparate systems arose to meet the data collection and records maintenance needs of Exceptional Children professionals in the classroom and administrators around the state. Some of these programs use manual data collection, and others are electronic, but the state is in need of ONE core system to maintain exceptional student data.
The Comprehensive Exceptional Children Accountability System (CECAS) is a case management and data analysis system that will be offered to Local Education Authorities (LEAs) as a means to manage and analyze exceptional student records. The system is currently in the development phase. For updates and more information regarding CECAS, visit the web site at http://www.nccecas.org.
Exceptional Children EC Grants
The EC Grants Application (ECG) system was designed and implemented in 2002 for the Exceptional Children Division, Special Programs Section. The Grants system includes the process for three federal grant applications: - Preschool Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (619), 3-21 IDEA (School Age) (611), and Capacity Building Grant (SLIVER).
The overall goal for the ECG Web-based system is to streamline the IDEA grant application process in an internet data entry grant format. The system allows the LEAs, SOPs, and Charter Schools to submit their IDEA Grant application(s) electronically (online), to DPI. (The ECG Web-based tool eliminates the need for manually completing a paper application.) Once the grants are reviewed and evaluated by DPI Exceptional Children consultants, the EC Division consultants partner with the DPI Financial Business staff to coordinate the allocation and disbursements of funds awarded to recipient LEAs, SOPs & Charter Schools. For information regarding EC Grants visit the web site at http://ecgrants.dpi.state.nc.us/ecgrants.nsf.
HRMS (LEA Human Resource Management System)
HRMS is a web-based application that provides the ability to submit applications to NC school districts via the web http://schooljobs.dpi.state.nc.us/, and provides school systems a tool to manage their applicant screening and hiring process, employment, benefits, and evaluation. It also allows for a tight integration with the payroll system, eliminating the need for redundant data entry and maintenance. It provides online licensure information from DPI and provides an effective reporting tool.
PPMS (Career-Technical Education Planning and Performace Management System)
Career-Technical Education (CTE) Planning and Performance Management Systems is a vehicle for strategic planning, managing performance, and being accountable at local, state, and federal levels for CTE. The State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction have adopted the Baldrige system to improve performance in all public schools in North Carolina. Part I of the PPMS, is derived from the Baldrige system overview, a strategic planning tool. Part II is based on several Baldrige precepts for attaining and maintaining performance excellence.
To see the last few years' performance in Career-Technical Education (CTE) of any high school, please visit the online CTE Planning and Performance Management System (PPMS) Web site at http://wdeppms.dpi.state.nc.us/wdeppms.nsf. To review a school system's PPMS, click on the log-on button in the left column. Then use the log-on and password "guest" to access specific school systems. Here you will find six performance indicators, each with a performance screen covering four years of trend information along with information on local strategies to improve performance.
NC School Report Cards
North Carolina's legislature, Governor Mike Easley and the federal government all require schools to issue annual report cards to give parents information about important aspects of their child's school. North Carolina has combined federal and state requirements to issue one report card for each school, each school district and the state.
The report cards provide parents and others who are interested in the public schools in North Carolina with information about school, district and state-level data in a number of areas. These include student performance on tests, teacher qualifications, school safety, class and school sizes and many others. All this information is in one easy-to-use Web site, http://www.ncreportcards.org.
ABCs of Public Education
The ABCs Report of Public Education project provides a uniform look and feel of information being presented to parents, educators and the public as it relates to assigned ABC status and an Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) determination. This website http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs/ includes all traditional public schools from grades K-12; charter schools, alternative schools and certain K-2 schools.