MARCH 21, 2013 - Principals' Biweekly Message
On Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory joined me at the Superintendents’ Quarterly meeting to have an informal question and answer time, including conversation with the superintendents from across North Carolina. I appreciate the Governor spending a significant amount of time meeting with school district leaders and listening to their concerns and comments about the needs in schools today. Superintendents mentioned a variety of topics, including the need to improve public school funding, teacher salaries and concerns about vouchers and other means of privatizing public education. Mark Edwards, superintendent in Mooresville Grade School District and the recently named National Superintendent of the Year, spoke especially eloquently about the need to improve salaries and the extreme sacrifices that local teachers make in order to make ends meet. His comments were especially compelling, and I wanted principals to know that superintendents represented the concerns and big picture of public schools in North Carolina very well this week.
In this Biweekly Principals' Message:
- Release of Administrator Evaluation Dashboards on EVAAS
- Home Base and Online Testing with Chromebooks and iPads
- NCDPI Requests Waivers to Title I, Part A School Improvement Grants 1003(g)
- Next Generation Assessment Released Forms: EOGs
- Phase l and II Online Professional Development Modules
- Educator Effectiveness Update Webinar Scheduled for April 25
- Regional Wells Fargo NC Principals of the Year Announced
- Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement Showcases Teachers in NC FALCON Session
On March 22, school administrators will be able to access administrator evaluation dashboards in EVAAS. These dashboards display a principal or assistant principal's ratings on Standards 1 - 8 of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System. Attached is a document with screen shots of how to navigate to and interpret the dashboards. The EVAAS Support Team also will be holding online trainings on the dashboards; please see the schedule of virtual professional development on the EVAAS log-in page at https://ncdpi.sas.com . Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The NCDPI has heard from many districts and schools regarding Home Base and assessment technical requirements, particularly around Chromebook devices and iPads. In response, a one-page document entitled, Online Testing with Chromebooks and iPads has been released and is available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/getting-ready/online-testing.pdf. This document outlines the use of Chromebooks and iPads for the following: - Online Benchmark and Classroom Assessment in Home Base for 2013-14 and beyond - Statewide Summative Assessment Plan for 2013-2014 (End-of-Course and End-of-Grade) - Statewide Summative Assessment Plan for 2014-2015 (End-of-Course and End-of-Grade) For additional technical requirements, please refer to the Home Base Minimum End-User Technical Requirements (Published March 2013) found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/homebase/getting-ready/tech-requirements.pdf.
The NCDPI will submit a request for a waiver for Section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) (also known as the “Tydings Amendment”) to extend the availability of FY 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), from Sept. 30, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2016.
The extension of the availability of funds would allow for the provision of three-year, rather than one-year awards to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that are approved for funding. The waiver would allow any LEA in the state that receives a SIG to use those funds in accordance with the final requirements for the SIG program (75 Fed. Reg. 66363 (Oct. 28, 2010)).
The public is invited to review and comment on the waiver being requested through 5 p.m., March 22, 2013. Interested persons may present their written comments via e-mail to Donna Brown, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division director, at Donna.Brown@dpi.nc.gov or by mail to: Donna Brown, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division, NCDPI, Mail Service Center 6351, Raleigh, NC 27699-6351.
The paper-and-pencil version released forms are now available for End-of-Grade assessments. You can find the released forms for ELA/Reading Grades 3-8, Mathematics Grades 3-8, and Science Grades 5 and 8 online at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms . An online released form will be available soon for grades 5 and 8 science (ELA/Reading and Mathematics are not available in online versions for 2012-13). If you have questions please contact your local testing coordinator or your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC).
Several principals recently inquired about additional online modules to use with their staff members. There is now a single source for information about online professional development modules created by the NCDPI. Visit http://rt3nc.org for an overview of options for teachers and administrators, descriptions and links to modules, and instructions on registration. You'll also find an implementation guide with detailed suggestions for using these modules in LEAs, with or without a professional learning community, online or face-to-face. For more information, please contact Lynne Johnson, Educator Recruitment and Development, at Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov.
The NCDPI and NCAE are sponsoring an Educator Effectiveness Update webinar on Thursday, April 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed include the sixth standard, overall effectiveness status, EVAAS, and the Measures of Student Learning (including the Common Exams and pilot programs in other grades and content areas). To register, please visit http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/781311065 . Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Congratulations to the following eight principals who were recently named regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year:
- North Central Region: Leondus Farrow, Jr., Rocky Mount High (Nash-Rocky Mount Schools);
- Northeast Region: Dale Cole, Chocowinity Middle (Beaufort County Schools);
- Northwest Region: Elizabeth Rosenbalm, Conover School (Newton-Conover City Schools);
- Southeast Region: Wesley Johnson, Hobbton High (Sampson County Schools);
- Southwest Region: Lynn Rhymer, Central Cabarrus High (Cabarrus County Schools);
- Sandhills/South Central Region: Wendy Jordan, Mineral Springs Elementary, (Richmond County Schools);
- Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Leigh Jones, Dalton L. McMichael High (Rockingham County Schools); and
- West Region: Ricky Tipton, East Yancey Middle (Yancey County Schools).
Each recipient will receive $1,000 for personal use and $1,000 for their schools. The 2013 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced April 4 during a luncheon ceremony in Raleigh. The winner will succeed 2012 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Patrice Faison who is principal of Oak Hill Elementary (Guilford County Schools).
Classroom teachers who are implementing the formative assessment process will showcase their work during the 2013 NC FALCON Showcase session at the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement. The session will be held March 26 from 2:30-4 p.m., in Guilford D, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro. Highlights of the session include:
- Displays showcasing implementation ideas, artifacts collected during implementation, and teacher developed formative assessment plans used in classrooms.
- Display showcasing the use of formative assessment by the NCDPI RTT-ELC K-3 Assessment Team.
- Discussion of how High Point University is preparing pre-service teachers using NC FALCON.
- Model using formative assessment in high school science.
- NC FALCON update on the Student Ownership of Learning Module.
Prepare to come to this session to learn how educators use the formative assessment principles in NC FALCON with students. Teacher developed resources and strategies will be shared. Conference information is available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/conference/ .