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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///


NEW THIS WEEK

  • NC Race to the Top Gets Positive Report from USED
  • High School Math Sequencing
  • Next Generation of Assessments: Technical Requirements
  • Race to the Top Early Learning Grant


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Measures of Student Learning
  • NC Testing Program
  • NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces
  • NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)
  • Text Complexity Resources


NEW THIS WEEK


NC Race to the Top Gets Positive Report from USED

North Carolina is making great progress in its Race to the Top efforts, according to a Year One report from the United States Department of Education. These efforts include stronger standards for learning and accountability, improved data systems, increased teacher and principal effectiveness, and further strengthening the state's lowest performing schools. While federal officials singled out three states for struggles with implementing terms of the grant, North Carolina was among nine states described as making tremendous progress and on target with its plan of work. Read more about the report at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20120110-01.

MORE INFO: Adam Levinson, Adam.Levinson@dpi.nc.gov


High School Math Sequencing

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction held a webinar on November 17 titled Common Core High School Mathematics 2012 and Beyond. This webinar and PowerPoint can be accessed at http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net.

The webinar discussed ensuring that students entering ninth grade in the 2012-13 school year are proficient in the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards by 2014-15 school year and launching the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards within the current course titles.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov


Next Generation of Assessments: Technical Requirements

The technical requirements for the online testing system, NCTest v 2.5, are available on the web at https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/mod/page/view.php?id=9271. Below is a list of some of the important requirements to note when planning for online assessments this year.


• NCTest utilizes web browser-based online assessment - all features should work with recent browsers (listed below) running on workstations and laptop computers. Suggested browsers include:

- IE 7, 8 on Windows XP & Vista

- IE 7, 8, & 9 on Windows 7

- IE 6 is NOT supported

- Firefox 3.6+

- Safari 5+

- Chrome 10+

• Adobe Flash 10+ is required to be able to use the current virtual calculator (please note that we are currently redesigning the calculator and other features so that Flash will no longer be required).

• 1024 x 768 screen resolution is recommended for best performance. Lower vertical resolutions for netbook devices are possible, but will increase the amount of scrolling required to fully view items.

The complete list of requirements is available on the website listed above. Please note that these requirements are changing as we continue testing new technologies and continue development and redesign of the system’s features. If you have questions about the online assessments or the technical requirements, please send them to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.


MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov



Race to the Top Early Learning Grant


North Carolina is a recipient of $70 million in Race to the Top funding for the Early Learning Challenge Grant. NCDPI is a participating agency, in partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and other state and local agencies in implementing the initiative under this grant. To read about this funding, please visit http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?newsItemid=2186


MORE INFO: John Pruette, John.Pruette@dpi.nc.gov


Webinar on Integrating the Common Core Standards in K-12 Classrooms

Renowned author and expert Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs will present a Common Core Webinar, “Mapping Curriculum, Planning Success: Integrating the Common Core Standards in Each K-12 Classroom,” on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 am to noon. The webinar will feature an interactive Q&A session with Dr. Jacobs’ responses to your questions about curriculum, assessment, standards, and mapping. The webinar will feature the following:


• Upgrade and transform education through the lens of 21st-Century readiness

• Text complexity and 8 standards for mathematical practice

• Formative assessment as the basis of diagnosing student needs

• Curriculum maps as the basis for responsive prescription to those needs

• 4 Phase School Wide Systems Model in the LiveBook Mapping to the Core (available only through School Improvement Network)

• Q&A session with Dr. Jacobs


To find out more about the webinar and to register, please visit http://www.commoncore360.com/webinars.php

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov


Phase 1 Instructional Modules

During 2011, NCDPI created several instructional support modules to assist districts and charter teams as they transition to and implement the new Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards. All K-12 teachers should have experienced and completed these modules prior to teaching the new standards in the 2012-13 school year. Please make the new modules accessible to new teachers or those who were unable to participate in the first round of training. Modules can be located at https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov


PLAN Diagnostic Assessment Interpreting Data Training

During the month of February, NCDPI will host, in collaboration with ACT and the North Carolina Regional Educational Service Alliance (RESA), a series of half-day PLAN Interpreting Data training. This training will provide guidance to district and school staff on how to effectively interpret the PLAN student report in order to communicate to students, teachers and parents areas for academic improvement and career planning. Time also will be spent reviewing the aggregate reports that schools will receive. All information will support the goal of improving student’s college and career-readiness. Audiences for these meetings are principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, data coaches, and district Curriculum and Instruction leads.

A schedule of training sessions, dates, times and locations is attached. RESA directors will be responsible for disseminating and collecting individual site registration.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov, or Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov. You may also contact the RESA director for any registration questions.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


Measures of Student Learning

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs), sometimes called “common exams,” are a shared way to gauge student growth in all currently non-tested grades and subjects in the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and in the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts and charter schools will have flexibility to decide how to use the MSLs as part of students’ grades.

The State Board of Education will NOT collect or publish the results of the MSLs, although the NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis. Eight hundred North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. The design group members began their work in October and will continue to provide feedback for the remainder of 2011-12 school year. NC will implement the MSLs statewide during the 2012-13 school year.


MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov


NC Testing Program

The NC Testing Program will continue delivering statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, DPI expects to implement the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC will include ELA/Math for grades 3‐8 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/


NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces

The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. If you were unable to attend the Common Core State Standards for Math High School 2012 and Beyond webinar on November 17, we invite you to visit the Math Wiki at www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net. Click on Mathematics in the middle of the page. Once you’re on the Math site, click on the High School Mathematics link on the left side of the page. The webinar addresses three key messages:

  • Focusing on standards
  • Ensuring that students entering 9th grade in the 2011-12 school year are proficient in the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards by the 201415 school year
  • Launching the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards within the current course titles.


MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.pitremartin@nc.dpi.gov


NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)

NCDigins, created through a collaborative partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS) works hand-in-hand with the formative assessment process in a balanced assessment system. Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes. Formative assessment helps students to continuously answer three questions:

  1. Where am I going?
  2. Where am I now? And,
  3. How do I close the gap?


To log in to the NCDigins site, go to https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/ Use your Username and password used when logging into the online modules. Look for NCDigins in the Links Bar on the right. The site currently features information for Grade 4 Math, Grade 7 Math, and Algebra I. Additional content areas will be available soon.


MORE INFO: Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov


Text Complexity Resources

Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards focuses on increasing students’ capacity with complex text across the school years to ensure that they will be able to read the kinds of necessary texts they will encounter in higher education and in their careers. Below are several links from TextProject to assist LEAS and charter schools as they begin addressing text complexity in schools.

http://www.textproject.org/library/presentations/the-common-core-state-standard-of-text-complexity/

http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/powerpoints/Hiebert_2011-10-18_Text%20Complexity-and-How-it-Applies-in-the-Classroom.pdf

http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/papers/Hiebert-2011-Text-Complexity-Lexiles.pdf


MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov


Wednesday, December 21, 2011


WINTER BREAK: This is the final RttT Weekly Update for 2011. We will resume publication on 1/11/12. Have a fun, safe and restful winter break!
If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.
*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!
Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///
NEW THIS WEEK**
  • Measures of Student Learning
  • NC Testing Program
  • NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces
  • NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)
  • Text Complexity Resources
  • NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  • Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12
  • Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?
  • Recommended High School Sequencing Site

NEW THIS WEEK
Measures of Student Learning
Measures of Student Learning (MSLs), sometimes called common exams, are a shared way to gauge student growth in all currently non-tested grades and subjects in the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and in the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts and charter schools will have flexibility to decide how to use the MSLs as part of students grades.
The State Board of Education will NOT collect or publish the results of the MSLs, although the NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis. Eight hundred North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. The design group members began their work in October and will continue to provide feedback for the remainder of 2011-12 school year. NC will implement the MSLs statewide during the 2012-13 school year.
MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov

NC Testing Program
The NC Testing Program will continue delivering statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, DPI expects to implement the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC will include ELA/Math for grades 38 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.
MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/

NCDPI Curriculum and Instruction WikiSpaces
The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. If you were unable to attend the Common Core State Standards for Math High School 2012 and Beyond webinar on November 17, we invite you to visit the Math Wiki at www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net. Click on Mathematics in the middle of the page. Once youre on the Math site, click on the High School Mathematics link on the left side of the page. The webinar addresses three key messages:
  • Focusing on standards
  • Ensuring that students entering 9th grade in the 2011-12 school year are proficient in the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards by the 201415 school year
  • Launching the Common Core High School Mathematics Standards within the current course titles.
MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.Pitremartin@nc.dpi.gov

NC Diagnostic Instructional Tools (NCDigins)
NCDigins, created through a collaborative partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS) works hand-in-hand with the formative assessment process in a balanced assessment system. Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes. Formative assessment helps students to continuously answer three questions:
  1. Where am I going?
  2. Where am I now? And,
  3. How do I close the gap?
To log in to the NCDigins site, go to https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/ Use your Username and password used when logging into the online modules. Look for NCDigins in the Links Bar on the right. The site currently features information for Grade 4 Math, Grade 7 Math, and Algebra I. Additional content areas will be available soon.
MORE INFO: Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov

Text Complexity Resources
Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards focuses on increasing students capacity with complex text across the school years to ensure that they will be able to read the kinds of necessary texts they will encounter in higher education and in their careers. Below are several links from TextProject to assist LEAS and charter schools as they begin addressing text complexity in schools.
http://www.textproject.org/library/presentations/the-common-core-state-standard-of-text-complexity/
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/powerpoints/Hiebert_2011-10-18_Text%20Complexity-and-How-it-Applies-in-the-Classroom.pdf
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/papers/Hiebert-2011-Text-Complexity-Lexiles.pdf
MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov

NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas
A recent article that appeared in the New York Times Education segment focused on strategies for helping students understand text structures in the Common Core State Standards. To view this helpful article, visit http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/compare-contrast-cause-effect-problem-solution-common-text-types-in-the-times/.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 201112
NCDPI has received notification of approval from the United States Department of Education (USED) to eliminate the Grade 10 writing test for the 201112 school year. The continued use of the North Carolina End-of-Course Test of English I in 201112 is sufficient to meet the ESEA assessment requirements for high school reading/language arts. Please see the attached memo from the USED for additional information.
Please also note that the NCEXTEND1 Writing Assessment is also eliminated for 201112.
Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in NC public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math, and Science, and the tests will be operational next school year, 2012-13. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of our new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about our plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf.
MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov

Recommended High School Sequencing Site
The State Board of Educations mission states, Every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century. To successfully guide students through secondary courses, NCDPI has created a high school course sequencing site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/. This site identifies a series of recommended courses within a content area that bridges secondary and college educational segments, thus allowing a smooth progression of study without repetition of coursework. Additional sequencing documents will be posted as they are completed.
MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.PitreMartin@dpi.nc.gov, or Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact** person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK
  • Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12
  • Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?
  • Recommended High School Sequencing Site
  • NC Education Service Maintenance

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
  • February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teacher Reps
  • New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video
  • Upcoming IIS Webinars


NEW THIS WEEK
Elimination of the Grade 10 Writing Assessment for 2011–12

NCDPI has received notification of approval from the United States Department of Education (USED) to eliminate the Grade 10 writing test for the 2011–12 school year. The continued use of the North Carolina End-of-Course Test of English I in 2011–12 is sufficient to meet the ESEA assessment requirements for high school reading/language arts. Please see the attached memo from the USED for additional information.

Please also note that the NCEXTEND1 Writing Assessment is also eliminated for 2011–12.

Next Generation of Assessments: What Will the Assessments Be Like in 2012-13?

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in NC public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math, and Science, and the tests will be operational next school year, 2012-13. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications on the website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of our new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about our plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf.

MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.gov


Recommended High School Sequencing Site

The State Board of Education’s mission states, “Every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century.” To successfully guide students through secondary courses, NCDPI has created a high school course sequencing site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/hs-sequencing/. This site identifies a series of recommended courses within a content area that bridges secondary and college educational segments, thus allowing a smooth progression of study without repetition of coursework. Additional sequencing documents will be posted as they are completed.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.PitreMartin@dpi.nc.gov, or Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov

Online NC Education Service Maintenance

The online educator’s resource NC Education will go offline this Saturday, December 17 between 8 am and 1 pm due to a planned maintenance event. During the maintenance period, professional development modules (e.g., NC FALCON, Call for Change), online assessment, and other learning resources (e.g., The Writing Instruction System) located on NC Education will not be available. All service will resume on Saturday at 1 pm. Please have your staff plan accordingly.

MORE INFO: Randy Craven, randy_craven@ncsu.edu, NC Education Help Desk, 919-515-1320


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teachers
Superintendent June Atkinson along with members of NCDPI will host regional READY meetings in all eight education regions of North Carolina between Feb. 28 and March 23, 2012. The purpose of these meetings is to provide each principal and a teacher representative from each school with tools for communicating and describing the new Essential Standards and Common Core state standards, the new state accountability model (piloted in 2012-13) and other changes in North Carolina's public schools.

The focus of the 3-hour meetings will be on how all of these changes fit together to support learning for students and tools for communicating with their respective school communities.

Each principal is being asked to bring one teacher representative from his or her school to these meetings. It is important to note that these meetings are targeted toward principals and teacher representatives to provide them with the tools they need for their specific roles in their schools as they prepare for the Common Core and other changes coming next fall. Local communications directors and public information officers also are being invited to these meetings. Other stakeholders are receiving information and preparation through various avenues of communication and professional development opportunities.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov


New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video

Ensuring that North Carolina's teachers are READY for the new Common Core and Essential Standards includes taking a "deeper dive" into what they teach, how they teach and how it is reflected in student growth. The new teacher evaluation gives teachers more meaningful insight into their work. Listen to North Carolina teachers describe how this is happening in their own words, along with principals who also find the new evaluation more helpful, in this new video from NCDPI. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org, click on the Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! logo to the left, then the Teacher Effectiveness and Support link at the bottom.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov


Upcoming IIS Webinars

NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual students’ needs.

One opportunity is next week (December 13) and the other is February 21. A flyer with detailed information, including how to access the webinars, is attached.

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: //http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates///

NEW THIS WEEK**

  • February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teacher Reps
  • New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video
  • Upcoming IIS Webinars

NEW THIS WEEK

February/March READY Meetings for NC Principals and Teachers

Superintendent June Atkinson along with members of NCDPI will host regional READY meetings in all eight education regions of North Carolina between Feb. 28 and March 23, 2012. The purpose of these meetings is to provide each principal and a teacher representative from each school with tools for communicating and describing the new Essential Standards and Common Core state standards, the new state accountability model (piloted in 2012-13) and other changes in North Carolina's public schools.

The focus of the 3-hour meetings will be on how all of these changes fit together to support learning for students and tools for communicating with their respective school communities.

Each principal is being asked to bring one teacher representative from his or her school to these meetings. It is important to note that these meetings are targeted toward principals and teacher representatives to provide them with the tools they need for their specific roles in their schools as they prepare for the Common Core and other changes coming next fall. Local communications directors and public information officers also are being invited to these meetings. Other stakeholders are receiving information and preparation through various avenues of communication and professional development opportunities.

MORE INFO: Vanessa Jeter, Vanessa.Jeter@dpi.nc.gov

New Teacher Effectiveness and Support Video

Ensuring that North Carolina's teachers are READY for the new Common Core and Essential Standards includes taking a "deeper dive" into what they teach, how they teach and how it is reflected in student growth. The new teacher evaluation gives teachers more meaningful insight into their work. Listen to North Carolina teachers describe how this is happening in their own words, along with principals who also find the new evaluation more helpful, in this new video from NCDPI. Visit www.ncpublicschools.org, click on the Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! logo to the left, then the Teacher Effectiveness and Support link at the bottom.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, __Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov__

Upcoming IIS Webinars

NCDPI is partnering with the North Carolina Association of Educators to present webinars around how the new Instructional Improvement System (IIS) will help teachers assess their students and target curricular resources to meet individual students’ needs.

One opportunity is next week (December 13) and the other is February 21. A flyer with detailed information, including how to access the webinars, is attached.

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, __Eric.Moore@dpi__.nc.gov

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
  • Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released
  • PLAN Assessment in December
  • Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars
  • UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December
  • UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces

The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. These collaborative online tools are for viewing and interacting with the various content area consultants, as well as viewing webinar postings and presentations, along with other instructional resources for your use. To join the WikiSpace for the content area of your choice, go to __http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/__.

These spaces are frequently updated with new information, so please check back often.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, __Maria.Pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov__

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released

The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy module will be released today (November 30) after 5 pm. This module provides an overview of the Cognitive Dimensions, Knowledge Domains, verbs, and their relationship to instruction, learning, and assessing the North Carolina Essential Standards. (*NOTE: To increase video and flash performance, it is recommended that you use an updated browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer, please click on Tools and check Compatibility View.)

Additional resources also are available in the module menu. To log into the module, go to __https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/__. Use your Username and Password as you have with the other modules. If you are a new user, you will be able to create an account on that site.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, __Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov__

PLAN Assessment in December

For the first time, all 10th-grade students in North Carolina will take the PLAN assessment, which will be administered between December 5 and 16. PLAN assists 10th-graders in building a foundation for future academic and career success. It is a curriculum-based diagnostic assessment that measures achievement in English, math, reading, and science. PLAN consists of Non-Cognitive and Cognitive measures. Although PLAN is part of the new assessments, it is NOT a component of the accountability measures.

The PLAN webinar is now available on the following web pages:

__http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/__

__http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/__

MORE INFO: Audrey Martin McCoy, __Audrey.Martinmccoy@dpi.nc.gov__, Tammy Howard, __Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov__

Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars

As a follow-up to the Text Exemplars document posted on the ACRE site, the Department of Public Instruction has provided a Statement Regarding the Use of Level Text and an important note for districts. We invite you to read this additional information located at __http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#exemplar__.

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, __Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov__

UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December

This list includes remaining dates for this month:

8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA, 9 am to 4 pm.
9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA
12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (*NOTE: This is a location change from the Nov. 16 Update)
13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA, 9 am to 4 pm.
15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, __Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov__

UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

NCDPI is gearing up for the second year of Summer Institute training for each local PD Leadership team. We are excited to announce the location and dates of the 2012 Institutes to mark your calendars and to begin thinking about summer planning in preparation for your teams to attend.

Please note that this is a SAVE THE DATE and further details are forthcoming. Additionally, this is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency, so representation from every district and RttT Charter School is critical. Information on Data Literacy, the NC Standard Course of Study, Information and Technology Standards, and the NC Educator Evaluation System will be featured at these trainings. Registration information will launch in February.

Locations and dates are as follows:

Locations
Dates
Summer Institute 1
Enka High School
475 Enka Lake Road
Candler, NC (Buncombe County)
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Summer Institute 2
Maiden High School
600 West Main Street
Maiden, NC (Catawba County)
Tuesday, July 10-Wednesday, July 11
Summer Institute 3
West Stokes High School
1400 Priddy Road
King, NC (Stokes County)
Thursday, July 12-Friday, July 13
Summer Institute 4
Croatan High School
1 Cougar Lane/3355 Hwy 24
Newport, NC (Carteret County)
Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18
Summer Institute 5
JH Rose High School
600 W. Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC (Pitt County)
Thursday, July 19-Friday, July 20
Summer Institute 6
SanLee Middle School
2309 Tramway Rd.
Sanford, NC (Lee County)
Tuesday, July 24-Wednesday, July 25

MORE INFO: Contact Yvette Stewart, __Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov__


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Archived Race to the Top Weekly Updates are available here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates/

NEW THIS WEEK**
  • Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released
  • PLAN Assessment in December
  • Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars
  • Measures of Student Learning and the NC Testing Program
  • UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December
  • UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

· NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort

  • ‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website
  • New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

NEW THIS WEEK

Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards WikiSpaces

The Curriculum and Instruction Division at NCDPI has created WikiSpaces for the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. These collaborative online tools are for viewing and interacting with the various content area consultants, as well as viewing webinar postings and presentations, along with other instructional resources for your use. To join the WikiSpace for the content area of your choice, go to http://www.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/.

These spaces are frequently updated with new information, so please check back often.

MORE INFO: Maria Pitre-Martin, Maria.Pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov



Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Module Released

The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy module will be released today (November 30) after 5 pm. This module provides an overview of the Cognitive Dimensions, Knowledge Domains, verbs, and their relationship to instruction, learning, and assessing the North Carolina Essential Standards. (*NOTE: To increase video and flash performance, it is recommended that you use an updated browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer, please click on Tools and check Compatibility View.)

Additional resources also are available in the module menu. To log into the module, go to https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/. Use your Username and Password as you have with the other modules. If you are a new user, you will be able to create an account on that site.

MORE INFO: Tracey Greggs, Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov



PLAN Assessment in December

For the first time, all 10th-grade students in North Carolina will take the PLAN assessment, which will be administered between December 5 and 16. PLAN assists 10th-graders in building a foundation for future academic and career success. It is a curriculum-based diagnostic assessment that measures achievement in English, math, reading, and science. PLAN consists of Non-Cognitive and Cognitive measures. Although PLAN is part of the new assessments, it is NOT a component of the accountability measures.

The PLAN webinar is now available on the following web pages:

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/

MORE INFO: Audrey Martin McCoy, Audrey.Martinmccoy@dpi.nc.gov, Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov



Special Statement and Information for Text Exemplars

As a follow-up to the Text Exemplars document posted on the ACRE site, the Department of Public Instruction has provided a Statement Regarding the Use of Level Text and an important note for districts. We invite you to read this additional information located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/common-core-tools/#exemplar.

MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov



Measures of Student Learning and the NC Testing Program

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) are a common way to gauge student growth in all parts of the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA and the NC Essential Standards. While these measures will be used statewide, they are not the same as our statewide summative assessments in the NC Testing Program: the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. Districts will have flexibility to use the MSLs in student grades, and LEAs own the results of the MSLs, although NCDPI will assist with scoring and data analysis.

The NC Testing Program will continue with statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, NCDPI expects to participate in the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC would include ELA/Math for grades 3‐8 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC-developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.

Approximately 800 North Carolina teachers from more than 100 LEAs and 10 charter schools are involved in the design process for the Measures of Student Learning. Their feedback on the development is ongoing and will continue for the remainder of the 2011–12 school year.

MORE INFO: For more information about the State Summative tests, please visit our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/, or contact Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov.



UPDATED Professional Development Dates for December

This list includes noted revisions from last week:

1 - Math CCES PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC, 9 am to 4 pm

1 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 1, James Sprunt Community College, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.

2 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 8, WRESA, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm. (*NOTE – This is a correction from the Nov. 16 Update, which was previously listed as Region 7)

8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.

8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA

12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (*NOTE: This is a location change from the Nov. 16 Update)

13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA, 9 am to 4 pm.

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov



UPDATED 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates

NCDPI is gearing up for the second year of Summer Institute training for each local PD Leadership team. We are excited to announce the location and dates of the 2012 Institutes to mark your calendars and to begin thinking about summer planning in preparation for your teams to attend.

Please note that this is a SAVE THE DATE and further details are forthcoming. Additionally, this is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency, so representation from every district and RttT Charter School is critical. Information on Data Literacy, the NC Standard Course of Study, Information and Technology Standards, and the NC Educator Evaluation System will be featured at these trainings. Registration information will launch in February.

Locations and dates are as follows (*NOTE: The Summer Institute 5 location has changed from last week’s Update):

Locations
Dates
Summer Institute 1
Enka High School
475 Enka Lake Road
Candler, NC (Buncombe County)
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Summer Institute 2
Maiden High School
600 West Main Street
Maiden, NC (Catawba County)
Tuesday, July 10-Wednesday, July 11
Summer Institute 3
West Stokes High School
1400 Priddy Road
King, NC (Stokes County)
Thursday, July 12-Friday, July 13
Summer Institute 4
Croatan High School
1 Cougar Lane/3355 Hwy 24
Newport, NC (Carteret County)
Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 18
Summer Institute 5
JH Rose High School
600 W. Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC (Pitt County)
Thursday, July 19-Friday, July 20
Summer Institute 6
SanLee Middle School
2309 Tramway Rd.
Sanford, NC (Lee County)
Tuesday, July 24-Wednesday, July 25

MORE INFO: Contact Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort


North Carolina is one of three states and one territory to be selected to participate in a national teacher effectiveness policy effort. The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that North Carolina – along with Colorado, Nevada and Guam – will be a contributor to the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy. Visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20111116-01 to read more.

MORE INFO: Lynne Johnson, Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov



‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website

"Point to Point" indicates the distance between the beginning and ending points of one day in a long race. NCDPI introduces our own Point to Point, a new feature on the Race to the Top website. This new addition will offer updates, insights and observations from various members of the RttT team. We invite you to check in on our progress, as North Carolina makes its way along the Race to the Top.

Our inaugural Point to Point entry is from State Superintendent June Atkinson. You can find it at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/2011/20111110.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov



New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

Please check out a new link to a video that introduces the vision for the Instructional Improvement System as told from a student’s point of view. We heard that some were having trouble viewing it earlier, so it is now on our website and can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/resources/

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi



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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


If you know someone who would like to be on this listserv, please send their email address to //Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov//.

*PLEASE NOTE: Each entry in this Weekly Update features the email address of at least one contact person or department. For questions, concerns or technical assistance, please email the appropriate contact(s) directly. Thanks!

NEW THIS WEEK**

· NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort

  • ‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website
  • New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

· Professional Development Dates for December


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

  • Offer Your Input on the Proposed 2012-13 School Accountability Model
  • Next Generation of Assessments: NC Test
  • Next Generation of Assessments: Test Specifications
  • Measures of Student Learning Design Groups Meet in Chapel Hill

NEW THIS WEEK

NC Selected to Participate in National Teacher Effectiveness Policy Effort


North Carolina is one of three states and one territory to be selected to participate in a national teacher effectiveness policy effort. The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that North Carolina – along with Colorado, Nevada and Guam – will be a contributor to the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy. Visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2011-12/20111116-01 to read more.
MORE INFO: Lynne Johnson, Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov

‘Point to Point’ New Feature on RttT Website

"Point to Point" indicates the distance between the beginning and ending points of one day in a long race. NCDPI introduces our own Point to Point, a new feature on the Race to the Top website. This new addition will offer updates, insights and observations from various members of the RttT team. We invite you to check in on our progress, as North Carolina makes its way along the Race to the Top.

Our inaugural Point to Point entry is from State Superintendent June Atkinson. You can find it at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/2011/20111110.

MORE INFO: Michael Yarbrough, Michael.Yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov

Professional Development Dates for December

1 - Math CCES PD for LEA/Charter Leadership Teams, PTEC
1 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 1, James Sprunt Community College, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
2 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, WRESA, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 7, Foothills Higher Education Center, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.
8 – NC Professional Teaching Standards Training for Principals and Assistant Principals, Sandhills RESA
9 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SERESA
12 - Phase III Principal Training on ITES and Common Core/Essential Standards, Region 6, Hilton Charlotte University Place, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
13 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, NERESA
15 – NC Professional Teaching Standards for Principals and Assistant Principals, SWRESA

MORE INFO: Yvette Stewart, Yvette.Stewart@dpi.nc.gov

New Link to IIS Video for Students Online

Please check out a new link to a video that introduces the vision for the Instructional Improvement System as told from a student’s point of view. We heard that some were having trouble viewing it on last week’s link, so it is now on our wesite and can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/resources/

MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Offer Your Input on the Proposed 2012-13 School Accountability Model
NCDPI would like to hear your thoughts regarding the new school accountability model. Please use the following email address, newaccountabilityfeedback@dpi.nc.gov, to send us your feedback. Before doing so, you might want to also visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/redesign/, where you will find a “Key Questions for Feedback” document to use in formulating your thoughts. Any feedback received prior to November 30 can be used to inform the State Board of Education’s (SBE) discussion of the new model in its December meeting. The target date for SBE approval of this model is January 2012.

Next Generation of Assessments: NC Test

As part of the Next Generation of Assessments, North Carolina aims to have all assessments online by the 2014-15 school year. NCTest v2.5 is the web browser-based testing system that will serve as the web application used to deliver online statewide summative assessments for the North Carolina Testing Program for the 2011-12 school year. NCTest v2.5 presents test questions that match or are comparable to the appearance of items on paper forms while keeping the bandwidth footprint very low.

More information is available on our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/eoc/ and in the NCTest brochure at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/nctestbrochure.pdf.

A tutorial is available to familiarize test administrators and students with the functional components of the online assessment system at https://center.ncsu.edu/nctestv3/NCTestSim.html. We strongly encourage all students to complete the tutorial prior to test day. The tutorial is available to the public and features sample tests for each of the various content areas that have online assessments.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/eoc/. Please send any questions to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.

Next Generation of Assessments: Test Specifications

Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science are now available. Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes is included. You can find the new test specifications on our website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/.

MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/. Please send any questions to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.

Measures of Student Learning Design Groups Meet in Chapel Hill

More than 700 teachers came together in Chapel Hill the week of Oct. 24 to discuss meaningful assessment in currently non-tested grades and subjects. Educators met together in content groups ranging from the arts to world languages to science.

Teachers first received training on assessment design, including reliability and validity of measures of student growth. Then they provided feedback on content standards, including recommendations for the best methods for assessment for their standards and qualitative feedback on assessment for their content area. The teachers’ feedback will be used to generate items (including constructed response questions) that the teachers will review when they meet again in the spring.

Student growth is the focus of the new sixth standard of the teacher evaluation system. This will inform teachers' ratings in these new measures of student learning.

MORE INFO: Jennifer Preston, Jennifer.Preston@dpi.nc.gov.