MESSAGES 2012 :: JUNE 21, 2012

JUNE 21, 2012 - Principals' Biweekly Message

The General Assembly has presented a budget for the 2012-13 school year. There is a great deal of interest and rhetoric swirling around this, and a spreadsheet highlighting the details is available on the Financial and Business Services website ( - first item under What's New). The LEA discretionary reduction was lowered by $143.3 million and will continue at the level of $359.7 million. New funds are being provided for third grade reading support ($27 million), and a 1.2 percent pay increase for teachers and other educators ($85 million). Federal EduJobs funds used to support school-based personnel are gone and will not be replaced. That totaled $259 million in 2011-12. Bottom line is that public schools will have $189.7 million less to support positions next year. So while some elements have been improved there are still a number of issues of great concern.

June Atkinson

In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. NCDPI Receives Grant to Fund Statewide Longitudinal Data System
  2. Extended Learning Opportunities Critical to Improving Reading Skills
  3. State Board Chairman: Conference Budget Fails North Carolina
  4. Assessment and Accountability READY Materials Available Online
  5. Unpacking Standards for Guidance Curriculum Online
  6. NCVPS Online Professional Development
  7. NC Educators Part of 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders
  8. NC Educators Receive PAEMST
  9. LEARN NC's June Update

NCDPI Receives Grant to Fund Statewide Longitudinal Data System

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently received a three-year, $3.64 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to design, develop and implement a statewide, P-20 longitudinal data system. NC P-20W (preschool [P] through higher education [grade 20] through workforce [W]), the state's longitudinal data system, will enable education leaders at all points along the NC education-workforce continuum to access a "big picture" view of trends in student performance to help better prepare graduates for a career and college. To read more, please visit and click on the appropriate link under "News."

Extended Learning Opportunities Critical to Improving Reading Skills

The 2011-12 school year is over for our students, and our kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders have made much progress in learning how to read. About 30,000 to 40,000 of these students who have made so much progress are about to lose two-and-a-half to three months of reading progress. To find out why and to learn what North Carolina could do about it, read the State Superintendent's latest blog post at .

State Board Chairman: Conference Budget Fails North Carolina

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison addresses the budget passed by the General Assembly in his latest blog post. He writes, "Lawmakers have clearly chosen to put politics before the needs of students and in making that choice, they have let all of North Carolina down." To read more, visit .

Assessment and Accountability READY Materials Available Online

Interested in tools that lay out what's coming in 2012-13 in assessment and accountability? Then you will want to visit to get PDFs and PowerPoints that describe the basics of what to expect. You'll get more on assessment and accountability at the Summer Institute and throughout the summer and fall. If you have questions or suggestions about what you need most from us, email staff at .

Unpacking Standards for Guidance Curriculum Online

Unpacking Standards for the Guidance Essential Standard Support Tools have been added to the ACRE website. The new material includes standards for Early Independent, Early Emergent/Emergent, Independent, Progressing and Readiness/Exploratory/Discovery. Unpacking standards are documents for educators that define the skills students must master to accomplish specific goals. The documents list the essential standards for each grade level and subject, and provide detailed examples on how to teach a standard. To access the standards, please visit .

NCVPS Online Professional Development

NCVPS offers online professional development for central office and school-based personnel in order to better prepare them to integrate NCVPS courses into the curriculum and to assist in the development of student support processes. Weekly webinars are offered on various topics ranging from registration processes to budget planning. Sessions are live and also are recorded for later viewing. For more information, visit .

NC Educators Part of 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders

Congratulations to Steven Anderson, director of Instructional Technology for Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools, and Jessica Bohn, principal of Gibsonville Elementary (Guilford County Schools) for being named to the ASCD 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national levels. For more information on ASCD, please visit .

NC Educators Receive PAEMST

Congratulations to Nancy Trollinger (mathematics), West McDowell Junior High (McDowell County Schools), and Eric Grunden (science), Raleigh Charter High (Wake County) for receiving the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers. Each year the award alternates between K-6 and 7-12 grade teachers. The 2011 awardees are 7-12 grade teachers. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

LEARN NC's June Update

At LEARN NC, staff are busier than ever developing resources that will help K-12 teachers prepare for next year and the transition to the new standards. This month's newsletter, available online at, highlights these resources and news about LEARN NC.