NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO EXTEND ESEA FLEXIBILITY
Notice is hereby given that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will submit a request to the US Department of Education to extend North Carolina's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility so that the state can continue to implement ESEA flexibility through the end of the 2014-15 school year. As part of the extension process, North Carolina proposes to incorporate the following legislative and State Board of Education actions into its currently approved ESEA flexibility request:
- Implement the A-F accountability model for grading schools (§ 115C-83.11. School performance scores and grades)
- Apply academic achievement levels and descriptors as levels one through five for state end-of-grade/end-of-course assessments
- Delay participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) until at least 2016-17
- Implement changes in the State Report Card
The state believes that the requested extension will provide educators and state and local leaders with continued flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for the state’s rigorous and comprehensive plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity and improve the quality of instruction. This flexibility is intended to build on and support the significant state and local reform efforts already underway in critical areas such as transitioning to college- and career-ready standards and assessments; developing systems of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support; and evaluating and supporting teacher and principal effectiveness.
The public is invited to review and comment on the extension of ESEA flexibility being requested by April 25.
Interested persons may submit their written comments to the attention of Lou Fabrizio via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by US Mail:
Lou Fabrizio, Ph.D.
Director of Data, Research & Federal Policy
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
6367 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6367
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.