PUBLIC NOTICES 2015-16 :: APRIL 1, 2016

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Notice is hereby given that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will be developing a State Plan which will be implemented starting with the 2017-18 school year in response to the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The ESSA State Plan will be developed with timely and meaningful consultation with the Governor, members of the State legislature and State board of education, local educational agencies (including those located in rural areas), representatives of Indian tribes located in the State, teachers, principals, other school leaders, charter school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, paraprofessionals, administrators, other staff, and parents. The plan must describe, among other federally-required components, the statewide accountability system, interventions and supports for districts and schools, academic standards and assessments for student achievement, and the professional qualifications of teachers.

The public is invited to comment on the development of the ESSA State Plan prior to the submission of the plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USED).  Pending final rulemaking and additional guidance from USED, the NCDPI intends to submit its 2017-18 ESSA State Plan by February 2017. Additional information and draft plans will be posted online at

Regional public input sessions will be conducted in several locations across the state and the public is invited to participate and comment.

  • Wednesday, April 13: Ashley High School, 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington
  • Thursday, April 21: Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary
  • Tuesday, April 26: Mallard Creed High School, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte
  • Wednesday, April 27: North Pitt High School, 5659 NC Highway, Bethel
  • Tuesday, May 17: East Forsyth High School, 2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
  • Wednesday, May 18: Charles D. Owen High School, 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain

The public is invited to submit comments to the Department of Public Instruction through
Let’s Talk. Simply click on the Let’s Talk link on the NCDPI website then select the ESSA dialogue
topic. In addition, interested persons may submit their written comments via email ( or U.S. mail to:

Lou Fabrizio, Ph.D.
Director of Data, Research & Federal Policy
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
6367 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC  27699-6300

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.