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Archived from NCEES page:

May 29, 2013 Update:

Finishing the 2012-13 NCEES School Year
This webinar will address the following end of school year procedures:
  • NCEES lock down dates
  • Summary Rating Form refresher: (Probationary and Career teachers)
  • Review filling out the new Spreadsheet Template
  • Instructions on how to deactivate personnel
  • Instructions on how to pull Export Reports
  • Process for dissemination of McREL data to districts

Registration Web Link:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/319517409


North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Educators

Due to continuing demand, NC Department of Public Instruction, Educator Effectiveness is now offering five (5) additional sessions of the six week, facilitator-led online course. The North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process course has been especially designed for North Carolina educators. This course, provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and will help educators understand their role in the new evaluation process, as well as, deepen their understanding of the six professional teaching standards.

The course is available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The course is completed entirely online. Each session will start and end on specific scheduled dates. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Each session will take approximately 20 hours to complete over a period of six weeks, and educators will earn 2.0 CEUs upon successful completion

These sessions are hosted by LearnNC. Educators can go to [[%25%25track%20%7bhttp:/www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698%7d%25%25|http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698]] to register for a session. (If clicking on the link does not take you to the site, please cut and paste the above URL address into the web browser address window). Registration is now open for the following sessions. There is a limit of 35 participants per session.

Sessions Availability:
  • June 5- July 10
  • June 19- July 24
  • July 3- Aug 7
  • July 17- Aug 21
  • July 31- Sept 4


March 1, 2013 Update:


Change to the NCEES Spreadsheet Template
McREL has identified a redundancy in the new enhancement process that was not caught during development. As you remember, a ZZ privilege was added for Administrators and Principals that provides users to create teacher forms, but excludes the non-evaluated person from appearing on the end-of-year reports. This involved asking districts place a “ZZ” in the privilege column of the spreadsheet template. What we have since realized is by definition, Administrators are already non-evaluated users; thus the ZZ privilege on the Dist Admin tab (only) is not necessary.

Because of this change, a new spreadsheet template is available. Attached are two documents:
  1. Revised spreadsheet template
  2. Updated PowerPoint to provide more guidance on the Non-Evaluated Users and creation of required Groups.

McREL sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and your questions about the issue may be directed to customercare@mcrel.org. Please share this communication with all those who may have a need to know or are responsible for preparing the spreadsheet template.

Webinar Opportunity- Online Evaluation Tool: Professional Development Plan End-of-Year Review–March, 2013:

This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to review the process for completing the end-of-year review of the teacher's Professional Development Plan.
The following topics will be addressed during the webinar:

  • Review of the North Carolina State Board of Education policy on the evaluation process
  • Demonstrate the teacher process for accessing the existing Professional Development Plan, reviewing the plan at end-of-year, and authenticating the plan
  • Demonstrate the principal process for accessing the existing Professional Development Plan, reviewing the plan at end-of-year, and authenticating the plan
  • Review the process for completing the Summary Rating Form
  • Review the process for completing the Teacher Record of Evaluation Activities Report
To register for this webinar please click on one of the following dates:

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/445764353

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/361034712

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 9:oo am to 11:00 am
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/520871385

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/120057320

Standard Eight Ratings Available in Online NCEES on March 15

On March 15, 2013, Standard 8 scores will be available for the 2011-12 school year in the Summary Rating Form. This will be true whether the forms are onsite or offsite. There will be no scores posted yet for the 2012-13 school year. Questions may be directed to customercare@mcrel.org.

February 18, 2013 Update:

Updates to Online NC Educator Evaluation System:

Sixth standard ratings from the 2011-12 school year are now available in Summary Rating Forms for the 2011-12 school year. Teachers can access their ratings on Standards 1 – 6 through either the Teacher Evaluation Dashboard housed in EVAAS or the Summary Rating Form housed in the online tool.

Additionally, the text of the sixth standard in the 2012-13 rubrics has been updated to reflect that the State Board of Education has not yet determined the components and weights of the sixth standard. The Board will make this policy decision in the next few months.

Updates for the 2012-2013 school year:

- The Record of Teacher Activity forms are now automatically created for all teachers and will be visible when they log in.
- The system will only allow one Summary Rating form to be generated for each teacher.
- The system will only allow only one Professional Development Plan form to be generated per teacher.
Most teachers will have one that was generated when the Summary Rating form was signed at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Teachers new to the state will need to use the Preliminary Professional Development Plan portal. If a teacher or administrator tries to generate an additional PDP, a warning message will pop up. If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Johnson at Lynne.Johnson@dpi.nc.gov.

See below for different links to resources and helpful hints. As always, please feel free to contact me for training or if you have questions.

Archived Presentation Resources:


5/16/13 - Superintendent's Council

5/2/13 - Large District Collaboration

4/18/13 - Superintendent's Council

4/12/13 - Moving Toward Global Education

4/11/13 - Large District Collaboration

4/8/13 - Digital Literacy

3/28/13 - Spring Fidelity Check

3/26/13 - NCEES 2B and 3C: What does global awareness look like in the classroom?

3/26/13 - QR Crazy

3/14/13 - Standard 5 - Reflection

3/8/13 - EVAAS Customized

3/7/13 - NCEES Inter-Rater Reliability

2/26/13 - NCEES and EVAAS - What is the connection?

2/21/13 - Guidance Essential Standards

2/4/13 - Developing a 21st Century Lesson Plan

2/1/13 - EVAAS for CTE Directors

1/31/13 - Large District Collaboration

1/28/13 - UNCC First 3

1/22/13 - EVAAS-Advanced Users

1/14/13 - NCEES Inter-Rater Reliability 2

12/17/12 - NCEES Inter-Rater Reliability Training Abbreviated

12/04/12 - EVAAS Training - Teacher Reports (teacher training)

11/20/12 - NCEES for UNCC Faculty

11/19/12 - READY meeting, Region 6

11/14/12 - EVAAS Overview - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

11/9/12 - EVAAS Training - Teacher Reports (administrator training)

11/8/12 - 21st Century Classroom - Session 2

11/7/12 - Socrates Academy - EVAAS overview

11/6/12 - CMS World Language PD - Using Stations to Engage

11/2/12 - CMS Study Abroad Fair

10/22/12 - ITES RESA Session
Click here to visit the ITES wiki. All materials are housed here.

10/19/12 - Poplin Elementary 21st Century Skills
Click here to access resources for this training.

10/16/12 - Fidelity Check
Click here to access resources for this training.

10/12/12 EVAAS
Click here to access resources for this training.

10/2/12 - NCEES - Inter-Rater Reliability
Click here to access resources related to this training.

9/27/12 - UNCC Pre-Service Teachers
Click here to access resources related to this training.

9/25/12 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Administrators - NCEES and 21st Century Skills
Click here to access resources related to this training.

9/21/12 - Instructional Program Committee Job-Alike
Click here to access resources related to this meeting.

9/18/12 - Creating a 21st Century Classroom
Click here to access the presentation from this training.
Resources from this training.

9/14/12 - EVAAS
Click here to access the EVAAS wikispace.

9/6/12 - Stanly County - QR Codes
Click here to access the resources related to today's presentation.

8/31/12 - Union Academy SMART Goals and the PDP
Click here to access the resources related to today's presentation.

8/23/12 - CMS World Language Curriculum Day
Click here to access the resources related to Interactive Learning Stations.

8/17/12 - PLAN/ACT Training
Click here to access the presentation.

8/16/12 - Anson County - NCEES
Click here to access resources used during the Beginning Teacher presentation.
Click here to access resources used during the Administrator Refresher presentation.

8/15/12 - Union County Beginning Teachers - NCEES
Click here to access the presentation.

8/10/12 NCEES Administrator Refresher
Click here to access resources related to this presentation.

8/8/12 & 8/9/12- Gaston County Teaching and Learning Conference - Click on the links below for resources related to my presentations.
Globalization and 21st Century Skills
Teacher Effectiveness and the NCEES

8/7/12 - NCEES New Administrator Training - Full Day
Click here to access resources related to this presentation.

7/26/12 - Union Academy New Administrator training-NCEES
Click here to access resources related to this presentation.
Click here to access the NCDPI NCEES wiki.

7/25/12 - Union County Public Schools
NCEES New administrator training
NCEES Refresher

7/24/12 - Kannapolis City Schools Updates

Click here to find resources related to this presentation.

7/18/12 - CMS Humanities Institute
Click on the link below to see resources from my presentations.
Tech Tools for Engagement and Collaboration
Revised Bloom's Taxonomy - Alignment Matters!



2/13/12 - Qualified Observer Training - Gaston County
Agenda: 02.13.2012 Gaston County - Qualified Observers.pdf
Presentation: 2012.02.13 Gaston County Qualified Observers.pdf
Other Documents:NCPTS.pdf; Teacher Rubric Only.pdf; 2012.2.13 Case Studies for each standard.docx; 2012.02.13 Sample Evidences.docx; Sample_Evidence teacher evaluation.pdf
Poll Everywhere Info: http://pollev.com/ites OR text the session code 360323 to phone number 22333. Then, text the answer you choose to the same number (22333).
Legislation about Mandatory Improvement Plans: GS 115 C 333.docx
Link to NCEES Wiki from NCDPI: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
Comments and Activities completed by participants: Using Data in the Comments Section to Validate Ratings.docx; 2012.02.13 Making the Connection-Cars and the NCEES ratings.docx


2/6/12 - Teacher Effectiveness Vetting/New Accountability Update #2
Presentations: Teacher+Effectiveness.pdf; Accountability Model Update.pdf; Teacher Effectiveness Update.pdf
Other Documents: Communication Plan.docx; Educator Effectiveness Top Ten List.pdf; Jot+Thoughts.docx; Professional+Development+Plan.doc; Teacher+Summary+Sheet+(Sd+2+Developing).pptx; Chalk Talk Protocol.pdf

2/3/12 - World Languages Content Session, Cleveland County
All resources can be found on the World Language Essential Standards wiki: http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/CW+Regions+6+%26+8

1/23/12 - Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools World Language Teachers
Presentation: 1.23.12 Winston Salem Forsyth County World Language Teachers.pdf
Opening Polls - click here to participate in the polls: http://pollev.com/ites
P21 Maps: http://www.p21.org/tools-and-resources/1017-educators#SkillsMaps; P21 World Languages Map.pdf
P21 Framework Definitions: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf
Graphic Organizers:
Google Doc to enter information: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVBZEVYOGpjTXNLd09OdmtGdzNySWc6MQ
Google Doc results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AshkcasMxwJAdGVBZEVYOGpjTXNLd09OdmtGdzNySWc&hl=en_US#gid=0
Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Chart: RBT - Taxonomy Chart.pdf
Delicious stack with all links: http://www.delicious.com/stacks/view/Rplh6d


1/19/12 - SWRESA Superintendent's Council Meeting
Updates: 1.19.12 Superintendent’s Council Meeting.docx
Memo from Dr. Garland - release of Teacher Effectiveness data: Superintendents'+Memo+(January+2012).pdf

1/12/12 - Common Core Training for Mathematics - K-2 make-up session
Link to K-5 presentation resources on DPI math wiki: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Fall+2011+RESA%C2%A0PD
Photos of activities and books from training:

Books referenced: (Click on the picture to go to amazon.com)
Young_Mathematicians_at_Work.jpgUnderstanding_Numbers_-_Place_Value.jpgTeaching_Student-Centered_Mathematics.jpgDeveloping_Number_Concepts.jpg

1/3/12 - Lincoln County Schools - World Language Workshop
Agenda: 1.3.12 Lincoln County Schools Agenda.docx
Presentation: 1.3.12 Lincoln County Schools Presentation.pdf
Delicious Stack: http://www.delicious.com/stacks/view/E3HX7G
Examples from Effective Instructional Techniques:
Post Lesson/Activity on Linoit here: http://linoit.com/users/jessicacgarner/canvases/Lincoln%20County%20WL%20Workshop%20
LinguaFolio Info: LinguaFolio Info.pdf
Course Proficiency Outcomes Handout: Course Proficiency Outcomes.pdf
Link to World Language Wiki: http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
Closure/Evaluation: http://tinyurl.com/lincoln1-3-12


12/15/11 - Evaluation with Fidelity - A Refresher for NC Teacher Evaluators - UNCC
Presentation: PRESENTATION.pdf
Agenda: AGENDA.docx
Essential Questions for Framing the Understanding of the NCPTS.docx
Coaching Resources:
Poll Everywhere link: http://pollev.com/ites
Google Doc link: http://tinyurl.com/teacherbehaviors
Marzano's Question Stems from Long Hill Elementary School: http://www.lhes.ccs.k12.nc.us/Marzano's/marzano.htm


12/12/11 - Phase III: Principal Training on the Common Core and Essential Standards - IT Focus
All materials can be found on the Information Technology Wiki. Click here to find this!
Here are some websites to use to generate QR codes:
If you use a Mac in your building, you can use the camera to scan QR codes with the QR Journal app found on the App Store for Mac. It's free!
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Using QR Codes in the Classroom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW032sKtj8
Using QR Codes to Bookmark Websites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSA3YsBy_pU&feature=related

12/8/11 - NC Educator Evaluation System and the New NC Standard Course of Study
Presentation: 12.8.11 Stanly County - NC Educator Evaluation System and the New SCOS.pdf
Agenda: 12.8.11 Stanly County - NCSCOS and the NCEES.docx
NCEES Wiki: http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
Resources used or mentioned during presentation:


11/28/11 - Phase II - Principal Training on the Common Core and Essential Standards - Charlotte Location
Presentation: 11.28.11 Phase II-Principal Training on CC and ES.pdf
Agenda: 11.28.2011 Phase II Agenda.docx
Handouts used during table talks:
Other Handouts:
Resources to use with Teachers:
Assessment Information:
Videos:
Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Success

Dan Meyer - Math Class Needs a Makeover

The English Language Arts Standards Key Changes and Their Evidence


11/21/11 SMART Goals and the PDP - Gaston County
Presentation: 11.21.11 Gaston County.pdf
Agenda: 11.21.11 Gaston County Schools Agenda.docx
Resources: SMART Goals Examples.pdf; SMART Goal Handout.doc; SMART Goals and the PDP - Graphic Organizer.docx; SMART Goal Setting Worksheet.pdf

11/14/11 Math Common Core Training - RESA partnership training at UNCC
K-5 Resources: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Fall+2011+RESA%C2%A0PD
6-12 Resources: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Fall+2011+RESA+6-12+PD
Inside Mathematics Website (video clips aligned with mathematical practices): http://www.insidemathematics.org/

11/7/11 New Accountability Model and Educator Effectiveness Focus Group - UNCC
Presentation on New Accountability Model: Accountability Model Presentation (11-7-11).pdf
Presentation on Educator Effectiveness: Focus Group Presentation.pdf
Link to NCDPI Accountability Website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/

11/3/11 SMART Goals and the PDP - Kannapolis City Schools
Presentation: 11.3.11 Kannapolis City Beginning Teachers.pdf
Agenda: 11.3.11 Kannapolis City Schools Agenda.docx
Resources: SMART Goal Handout.doc; SMART Goals and the PDP - Graphic Organizer.docx; SMART Goals Examples.pdf; SMART Goal Setting Worksheet.pdf

11/1/11 21st Century Skills and Globalization - Cleveland County
Presentation: 11.1.11 Cleveland County Schools Presentation.pdf
Agenda: 11.1.11 Cleveland County Schools Agenda.docx
Resources: All resources can be found on the 21st century skills page of this wiki.

10/24/11 Fall 2011 Fidelity Check - UNCC
All of the resources for the Fall 2011 Fidelity Check are housed on the Fidelity Check Wikispace. http://fidelitycheck.ncdpi.wikispaces.net.
Here is the video that we saw during the section on Analyzing Resources and Needs:


10/21/11 SMART Goals and the PDP - Gaston County
Presentation: 10.21.11 SMART Goals and the PDP.pdf
Agenda: 10.21.11 Gaston County Schools Agenda.docx
Resources: Table Talk Discussion Guide.docx; SMART Goals and the PDP - Graphic Organizer.docx; SMART Goals Examples.pdf; SMART Goal Handout
Jigsaw materials:
Poll Everywhere link: http://pollev.com/ites
Evaluation: http://tinyurl.com/SMART-PlusDelta
Books referenced:
  • O'Neill, J., & Conzemius, A. (2006). The power of smart goals, using goals to improve student learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2008).Revisiting professional learning communities at work, new insights for improving schools. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

10/18/11 Principal's Training on the Common Core and Essential Standards - Union County Location
Presentation: Principals' Phase II Training FINAL Presentation.pdf
Agenda: 10.18.2011 Phase II Agenda.docx
Handouts used during table talks:
Other resources:
Assessment Information:

10/14/11 FLANC 2011 Conference - Power Point and Motivation in the Classroom
Presentation: Power Point and motivation in the classroom.pdf
Embedding videos into PPT:

Resources: Marzano - Classroom Instruction That Works; Jeopardy.ppt; Rich Game.ppt
Poll Everywhere
Wordle; Tagxedo
Tiny URL
Online-Stopwatch
  • Directions for how to embed this in a Power Point presentation

Slide Share

Slide Rocket


9/27/11 Gaston County Schools - NCEES for New Administrators
Agenda: 9.27.11 Gaston County.docx
Presentation: 9.27.11 New principal training - Gaston County.pdf
Handout: PROCESS OVERVIEW FOR NCEES -rev 9.14.11.pdf
Standards: NCPTS.pdf
Card Sort Activity: Standards and Elements Card Match .pdf

9/26/11 Cleveland County Schools - SMART Goals and the PDP
Agenda:9.26.11 Cleveland County Schools Agenda.docx
Presentation: 9.26.11 - Using SMART Goals to Improve Achievement - Cleveland County.pptx
Handouts: SMART Goal Handout.doc; Table Talk Discussion Guide.docx; SMART Goals and the PDP - Graphic Organizer.docx
Books Referenced:
O'Neill, J., & Conzemius, A. (2006). The power of smart goals, using goals to improve student learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
DuFour, R., DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2008).Revisiting professional learning communities at work, new insights for improving schools. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

9/20/11 Lake Norman Charter School - Overview of Common Core/Essential Standards
Agenda: Lake Norman Charter School 9.20.11 rev 1.docx
Presentation: 9.20.11 Lake Norman Charter - CC ES Overview.pptx
Jigsaw Article for Common Core: Fewer, Clearer, Higher
Jigsaw Excerpt for Essential Standards was taken from:
  • Anderson, L. W., Krathwohl, D. R., Airasian, P. W., Cruikshank, K. A., Mayer, R. E., Pintrich, P. R., ... Wittrock, M. C. (Eds.). (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of Bloom's taxonomy of educational objectives (Abridged ed.). New York, NY: Longman.
Instructional Support Tools: NCDPI ACRE Website
Crosswalk Activity Comparison Chart: Crosswalk Comparison Chart.docx
Essential Standards Unpacking Document Scavenger Hunt: http://tinyurl.com/ES-ScavengerHunt
Common Core Unpacking Document Scavenger Hunt: http://tinyurl.com/CC-ScavengerHunt
SMART Goals Handout (for reference): SMART Goal Handout.doc
Plus/Delta Evaluation: http://tinyurl.com/CCES-PlusDelta
Additional Resources:
Completed Google Forms:

9/16/11 Lincoln County - NCEES for new administrators
Agenda: 9.16.11 Lincoln County.docx
Presentation: 9.16.11 New principal training - Lincoln County.pptx
Activity: Standards and Elements Card Match .pdf
Handout: NCPTS.pdf
Link to McRel: https://mxweb.media-x.com/home/ncval/

9/15/11 Union County - NCEES for new teachers
Agenda: 9.16.11 Union County new teachers.docx
Process overview page is located on the Educator Evaluation System Resources page
Handout: NCPTS.doc
Activity: Standards and Elements Card Match .pdf
Presentation:9.15.11 - New Teacher Training on NCPTS and NCEES - Union County.pptx

Archived Update Information from Front Page:


June 21, 2013 Update:

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June 17, 2013 Update:

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June 13, 2013 Update:

New Common Core website on NC public schools site
The NC Department of Public Instruction has launched a new site to answer questions about and provide resources for the Common Core State Standards. Visit that site at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/core-explained/.

June 11, 2013 Updates


First-of-Its-Kind Online Course Offered for Common Core Math
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Mathematics Learning Trajectories for the Common Core” Will Help Educators Interpret and Implement the Common Core Math Standards
Course Registration: http://www.mooc-ed.org
Registration is now open for the first in a series of free MOOCs for Educators (MOOC-Ed), entitled “Mathematics Learning Trajectories for the Common Core.” This professional development series focuses on learning trajectories as a framework for interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M).

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June 5, 2013 Update

EVAAS FAQ Posted!

There is a new EVAAS FAQ document posted on the EVAAS page of this wiki that includes 37 questions and answers.

ClassScape Access in 2013-14
As a follow-up to the memo sent out on April 25, information on access to ClassScape for 2013-14 has been distributed to LEAs through the Test Coordinators. Please contact your LEA Test Coordinator for more information about how access to ClassScape will work beginning on July 1 (for both current users and new users).

As a reminder, the same items that are in ClassScape will be in the classroom and benchmark assessment tools within Home Base (plus there will be additional items included in Home Base from other sources). Home Base training will begin for LEAs and schools in late June 2013. Please note that while ClassScape is available for use at the start of the 2013-14 school year, it will not be the platform for delivery of classroom and benchmark assessments once Home Base is fully operational (this means that at some point in the 2013-14 school year, Home Base will be the only option for delivery of the classroom and benchmark assessments/items that were previously in the ClassScape assessment system).

For more information, please contact Kayla Siler, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov.

May 30, 2013 Udpates

Smarter Balanced Releases Online Practice Tests
Examples provide early look at next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core
OLYMPIA, Wash. — May 29, 2013 — Teachers, parents, and students across the country can now access online practice tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The **Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium** (Smarter Balanced) today released sets of example test questions for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Practice Tests will help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year.
“The release of online Practice Tests reflects the tremendous progress of the state-led effort to develop next-generation assessments,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., executive director of Smarter Balanced. “Available nearly two years before the first administration of the summative assessment, these examples offer schools and districts another resource for professional development and outreach.”
The Practice Tests provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured in the summative assessment beginning in 2014-15, including selected-response items, constructed-response items, technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks—extended activities that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems. The Practice Tests are freely available on the Smarter Balanced website: **http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/**.
“The Practice Tests allow teachers and students to experience the higher level of rigor associated with Common Core tests and gain familiarity with the online test delivery system,” said Deborah Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the California Department of Education and Smarter Balanced Executive Committee Co-Chair. “Member states are making these example test questions available as part of our commitment to a balanced assessment system that provides high-quality information to improve teaching and learning.”
The Practice Tests do not include all the features of the operational assessments. For example, students and teachers will not receive reports or scores from the Practice Tests. Although Smarter Balanced assessments will be computer adaptive, the Practice Tests follow a fixed-form model. By fall 2013, Smarter Balanced will make enhancements to the Practice Tests, including the addition of performance tasks in mathematics, new accommodations for students with disabilities, and scoring rubrics.
The release of the Practice Tests follows the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test, the first large-scale tryout of items and performance tasks. The Pilot Test allowed the Consortium to gather information about the performance of assessment items and the test delivery system under real-world conditions. More than 5,000 schools in 21 Smarter Balanced Governing States were recruited to participate in the Pilot Test from February 20 – May 24, 2013. Development of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System will continue after the release of the Practice Tests and through summer 2014 in collaboration with member states and educators.
Smarter Balanced is committed to a transparent process for developing next-generation assessments. In October 2012, Smarter Balanced released a set of sample assessment items and performance tasks. The Consortium has also published: content specifications that translate the standards into assessment claims and targets; item and task specifications that specify how individual questions are to be written; and the preliminary test blueprints that describe the content of the test and how it will be assessed. These materials are available online at:**http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/**.
For more information, contact Eddie T. Arnold, APR, at **Eddie.Arnold@SmarterBalanced.org** or (202) 330-6232.
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About Smarter Balanced

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together states to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven process to help all students thrive in a knowledge-driven global economy. The Consortium’s projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, comprising 99 percent of activity resources, with the remaining support provided through generous contributions of charitable foundations. Membership is open to any interested U.S. state. For more information, please visit **www.smarterbalanced.org**.


May 29, 2013 Updates


Finishing the 2012-13 NCEES School Year
This webinar will address the following end of school year procedures:
  • NCEES lock down dates
  • Summary Rating Form refresher: (Probationary and Career teachers)
  • Review filling out the new Spreadsheet Template
  • Instructions on how to deactivate personnel
  • Instructions on how to pull Export Reports
  • Process for dissemination of McREL data to districts

Registration Web Link:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/319517409

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May 28, 2013 Updates

Educator Effectiveness Model Website Features Many Resource Updates
A number of documents have been updated throughout the Educator Effectiveness Model website. You can find material on the specific web pages listed below.

The following documents are available under EVAAS Resources at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/evaas/resources/. Scroll down to the section entitled “Notification to Educators” to locate the specific documents.
-Principal/Assistant Principal Notification on Release of Administrator Evaluation Dashboard
-Teacher Notification on Release of Teacher Evaluation Dashboard

Under “Other Resources,” look for the following updated material.
-Guidance on Teacher Level Access to Student Projections

Look at the Resources page at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/resources/ to locate the updated material referenced below.
-Under “Communications,” the Key Points on EVAAS has been updated. Scroll down to the material under “Superintendent Memo from 2012” to find the Key Points.
-Under “Statewide Meeting for District and Charter School Planning Teams,” the Optional Local Planning template has been updated.
-Locate “Quick Resources for Teachers” at the bottom of the page to view the updated document Educator Effectiveness Update for Teachers of ELL Students.

Review the Measures of Student Learning page at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/measures/to find the following updated resources.
-Scroll down the page to “Scoring Rubrics” where the updated version of the General Rubric document is available.
-Under “Best Practices,” the Best Practices for Scoring Performance Tasks resources has been updated.

Instructional Videos Now Available on Home Base Website
A series of Home Base instructional videos have been added to the Home Base website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/videos/. The videos cover topics such as searching for instructional materials, creating classroom assessments and using the Principal Tools.

Summer Tuition Awards Available for Special Education Teachers
Limited summer tuition awards are available for special education teachers working toward meeting provisional license requirements. Under this tuition program, employed bachelor-level special education teachers with a provisional license may receive the actual cost of tuition for one approved summer course up to $140 per semester hour with a final grade of a "B" or higher. These costs are paid by the Exceptional Children division on a reimbursement basis. If the tuition is above the $140 per semester hour rate, it will be the responsibility of the recipient to pay the difference. These awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis while federal grant funds are available. Copies of this application packet are available to download at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/finance-grants/tuition-reimbursement/.

Video for Virtual READY Outreach Meetings Now Online
The video for the 2013 READY regional outreach virtual meeting has been posted to the READY website, and is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/resources/. This meeting focused on the changes to Testing and Accountability and covered the new assessments, the General Assembly’s A-F Accountability model and more.


North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process: Facilitated Course for Educators

Due to continuing demand, NC Department of Public Instruction, Educator Effectiveness is now offering five (5) additional sessions of the six week, facilitator-led online course. The North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process course has been especially designed for North Carolina educators. This course, provides an in-depth look at the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and will help educators understand their role in the new evaluation process, as well as, deepen their understanding of the six professional teaching standards.


The course is available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The course is completed entirely online. Each session will start and end on specific scheduled dates. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Each session will take approximately 20 hours to complete over a period of six weeks, and educators will earn 2.0 CEUs upon successful completion

These sessions are hosted by LearnNC. Educators can go to [[%25%25track%20%7bhttp:/www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698%7d%25%25|http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7698]] to register for a session. (If clicking on the link does not take you to the site, please cut and paste the above URL address into the web browser address window). Registration is now open for the following sessions. There is a limit of 35 participants per session.


Sessions Availability:
June 5- July 10

June 19- July 24

July 3- Aug 7

July 17- Aug 21

July 31- Sept 4


May 22, 2013 Updates

Facilitated Team Time Twitter Training for SI 2013 Participants

During the last 30 minutes of Facilitated Team Time at Summer Institutes 2013, each LEA/Charter team will be asked to participate in a collaborative “Tweetup.” This Tweetup event is an opportunity to share PD plans, resources and next steps via Twitter.

Each Summer Institutes Team will have a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction facilitator available to assist with the Tweetup. Since teams will be expected to tweet their responses, some participants may find it helpful to attend one of the two Twitter training webinars provided.

Topics covered during the training will include:
· Access to a self-guided Twitter training website
· Deciphering tweets
· Understanding hashtags
· Participating in a Twitter chat
· Chat etiquette
· Setting up a chat platform
· Closing questions that will be asked during Facilitated Team Time

Registration information is as follows:
Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Registration Web Link:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/412238488
Thursday, June 13, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Registration Web Link:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/454649824

May 14, 2013 Update

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NCDPI Student Leadership Institute
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is pleased to announce its second Student Leadership Institute (SLI) hosted by the K-12 Social Studies Section in collaboration with the Healthy Schools Section. This three-day Institute, for rising fourth through twelfth graders, is designed to prepare students to take active roles in their schools and communities through character and leadership development and service-learning.

NCDPI’s Student Leadership Institute will take place on the beautiful campus of William Peace University from June 23-26, 2013. Staffed by highly qualified professionals, both students and their adult advisers will receive high quality training that will assist them with developing the skills they need to implement a service project when they return to their schools and communities. Access the following link for more information and application: http://ssnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Character+Education .

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May 9, 2013 Update

K-3 Assessment Overview Webinar
In response to legislation passed by NC General Assembly, and to meet requirements of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, NCDPI’s Office of Early Learning is designing a developmentally appropriate, individualized assessment for K-3 children.

This assessment will be formative in nature and aligned with both North Carolina’s Early Learning and Development Standards and the Standard Course of Study. It will build on the best assessments currently being used in the early grades while broadening areas assessed to incorporate the five domains of development and learning included in North Carolina’s definition of school readiness. The K-3 Assessment will provide teachers a more complete picture of the whole child and provide data to inform daily instructional practices and help meet the needs of every child. The Office of Early Learning values stakeholder input and will offer a variety of opportunities for teachers, administrators, families, and community members to be involved.

Semi-monthly webinars have been scheduled to provide more information about the development of the K-3 Assessment, share updates regarding recent activities, and inform participants of upcoming opportunities for involvement. The next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. To register for the May webinar, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/152309888 . Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with participation instructions. Please contact Kathleen Koltz (kathleen.koltz@dpi.nc.gov) for registration support as needed.

All webinars will be recorded and posted on the NCDPI K-3 Assessment wiki: rtt-elc-k3assessment.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/. Please mark your calendar for the July webinar: Thursday, July 25 3:30 - 4:30. Registration for the July webinar will be sent at another date.

May 8, 2013 Update

Public Reports on Educator Effectiveness Released
Click here to see the news release.
Click here to access the database.

Seven C’s of CCSSM: Professional Development for Math I, II, and III
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION SUBMISSION IS 5:00 PM MAY 22, 2013
NC DPI is providing this workshop to LEAs at no cost, however, transportation, meals and lodging expenses will not be covered by NC DPI.
If you have questions regarding this workshop, please contact Maria Pitre-Martin at 919-807-3817 or feedback@dpi.nc.gov.

During the summer of 2013, NC DPI is offering course-specific professional development to support secondary mathematics teachers in implementing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Faculty from Meredith College, UNG-Greensboro, and Appalachian State University along with secondary teacher leaders will provide 2-day institutes in each Region that focus on critical aspects of the standards for each course - Math I, Math II, and Math III - and will model the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Highlights of the professional development include opportunities for participants to focus on
• Learning new content
• Solving tasks in context
• Engaging in conversations
• Communicating mathematical understanding
• Making connections within mathematics and across disciplines
• Building coherence in the curriculum
• Cultivating pedagogical diversity

This professional development is provided free to LEAs. Each participant is requested to bring a hard copy (printed on one side only to allow for additional notes) of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (pages 6-8 in the Common Core) and a copy of the standards for the particular course they are attending.

Please use the link below for registration
https://s.zoomerang.com/s/MeredithPD

May 7, 2013 Update


On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the State Board of Education passed policy changes to the Educator Effectiveness policy. Here are the changes that are in effect for the 2012-2013 school year:



Standard Six:

For the 2012-13 school year, Standard Six will only be based on a teacher's individual value-added score. There will no longer be a 70% teacher-level and 30% school-level value-added mix. Through the administration of End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, Career and Technical Education Post-Assessments, and Common Exams, about 65 – 70% of NC's teachers will have an individual value-added score. For the remaining teachers (for example, K-3, the Arts), the school-wide growth value-added score will determine their Standard Six ratings; however, the data will not count as "year one" of the three-year average for them. Their first year of data will be when they have data on the growth of their own students in their content area.



Standard Eight:

In the 2011-12 school year, principals and assistant principals received Standard Eight ratings based on school-wide growth scores that included the results from End-of-Grade and End-of-Course exams. For the 2012-13 school year, Standard Eight ratings will be based on school-wide growth scores that include the End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, Career and Technical Education Post-Assessments, and Common Exams. This change makes the Standard Eight rating more reflective of the growth across the entire school.

April 29, 2013 -

Roster Verification Resources

Click here to access roster verification resources found on the NC Public Schools website.

CCSS Text Exemplar Documents

Click here to access these resources found on the NC Public Schools website.

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April 19, 2013 - Updates to Superintendents and more

Updates were provided to superintendents at their monthly meeting. Click here to see the updates.

What is Mathematical Modeling? - April 23 @ 3:45 PM
Plan to attend the DPI~AIG professional development webinars focused on “Advanced Content for Teachers of Advanced Learners in Math and Science”. This series is developed in partnership with NC School of Science and Mathematics and the NC Department of Public Instruction.
These professional development sessions are geared towards grades 6-12. The one-hour sessions are archived and posted on NCDPI iTunesU site. The next session led by NCSSM mathematics instructor Maria Hernandez will be Tuesday, April 23. In this session we will define the modeling process and create models to help us solve real-world problems that have multiple solution methods. These problems give students a chance to explore their own ideas, construct their arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Appropriate for Math I, Math II, AFM and Precalculus. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/910584729

April 3, 2013 - State Board meets today and tomorrow


The State Board of Education is holding their monthly meeting this week. Please see the links below for access to materials and agendas.

Interactive Online Agenda
Discussion: Educator Effectiveness Policies for the 2012-2013 School Year
In March 2012, the State Board of Education approved the components of the sixth standard of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation System and the eighth standard of the North Carolina School Executive Evaluation System for school year 2011-12. The sixth and eighth standard ratings for school year 2011-12 are baseline data only; they are not included in the three years of data required for a teacher or school executive to receive an overall status of in need of improvement, effective, or highly effective.

Based on data analysis of 2011-12 sixth and eighth standard ratings and feedback from educators, the Department of Public Instruction recommends the following adjustments to the sixth and eighth standard components for school year 2012-13:
  • Sixth standard based only on individual teacher’s students’ growth. During school year 2011-12, the inclusion of school-wide growth lowered the sixth standard ratings of thousands of high-performing teachers working in low-performing schools. To avoid this unintended consequence and remove policy barriers to the movement of highly effective teachers to low-performing schools, the Department of Public Instruction recommends that the sixth standard for school year 2012-13 is based only on the growth value derived from the students for whose growth a teacher is directly responsible.
  • School-wide growth value used for principals to include all available student growth data. During school year 2011-12, the school-wide growth value used to determine a school executive’s eighth standard rating was based only on results of the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments. School executives have requested that the Career and Technical Education Post-Assessments and Measures of Student Learning be included in the calculation of school-wide growth so that the value is more reflective of student learning across all grades and content areas.
The Department of Public Instruction originally presented this item for discussion at the March 2013 State Board of Education meeting. Given the complexity of this policy area, the State Board of Education will continue discussion at the April 2013 meeting.

Recommendation:
The State Board of Education approves the recommended components for the sixth and eighth standards of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation system and North Carolina School Executive Evaluation System, respectively.

Discussion: Teacher and Other Public School Certified Personnel Salary
North Carolina’s current state salary schedule uses three data points about a teacher to assign a salary: the teacher’s number of years of experience, level of education, and whether or not the teacher has earned National Board certification. Districts may then supplement the State salary schedule through the use of local funds.
The freeze in teacher pay since 2008-2009 has had significant consequences on the level of pay and the structure of pay for North Carolina teachers.
  • The starting salary for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in North Carolina is $30,800 and it remains the same through the 5th year of teaching.
  • It takes a teacher 35 years to reach the top of the salary schedule.
  • Average teacher compensation has decreased $2,500 since 2008-2009. North Carolina is ranked 46th in the nation in average compensation for teachers and 10th out of the 12 southeastern states. (NEA Rankings & Estimates)
  • There is no incentive to teach in the most challenging schools or take on additional responsibilities.
  • There is no state level recruiting tools to fill vacant hard to staff positions.
  • There is no differentiation pay to acknowledge teachers who are highly effective.
Current Legislation
Current legislation (SL2012-142 Section 7A.10) allows LEAs to develop a plan to pay teachers based on:
  • Student achievement
  • Additional academic responsibilities
  • Assignment to a hard to staff school
  • Assignment to a hard to staff subject area
This item presents different concepts for teacher salary structures for the future, each with a varying degree of state versus local control.


Recommendation:
It is recommended that the State Board of Education approve the recommended concept for teacher salaries.
Click here to access the PPT that was shared with this item.


March 31, 2013 - Honors Implementation Training Schedule


Training for the Honors Level Course Rubric and Implementation Process will consist of the following components:
  • An overview webinar on April 16
  • Recorded video presentations for each content area available by mid-April
  • Two general Question & Answer (Q & A) webinars focused on the course rubric and review process on May 2 and May 8
  • Six Q & A webinars each focusing on a specific content area during the month of May
  • Honors Implementation Wikispace - www.honorsimplementation.ncdpi.wikispaces.net

The full training schedule with registration web links is posted on the wiki www.honorsimplementation.ncdpi.wikispaces.net.

MORE INFO: Linda Brannan, Curriculum and Instruction, linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov

March 22, 2013

Click here to access a document outlining updates on Common Exams, upcoming webinars, SMARTer Balanced Assessment Consortium, etc.

March 15, 2013


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March 13, 2013

NCCTM Spring Leadership Seminar -March 22, 2013
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Hopes, Fears and Challenges as We Enter the Brave New World

Location: Koury Convention Center in Greensboro
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Steven Leinwand, currently a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. where he serves as a mathematics expert on a wide range of projects that evaluate programs, develop assessments, and provide technical assistance.
Registration: Fee for NCCTM members is $65.00 (includes lunch); Fee for non-members is $75.00 (includes lunch); Register at http://ncctm.org
Questions? Contact Betty B. Long (longbb@appstate.edu)


March 8, 2013:

Update on Teacher Effectiveness:

On Thursday, March 7, 2013 the State Board of Education discussed proposed changes to the Educator Effectiveness policy. The power point that was presented to the State Board is below.
TCP 3 Proposed policy changes
TCP 3 Power Point
TCP 3 Executive Summary

Posted:

A Guide to Implementing House Bill 950/S.L. 2012-142 Section 7A

March 5, 2013 Update on Common Exams:

Released Constructed Response Items from Fall 2012 Common Exams
The NCDPI has released the following constructed response items from the fall 2012 administrations of the Measures of Student Learning (MSL) Common Exams. These test items may be used by school systems to help acquaint students with constructed response items on the MSLs. These materials must not be used for personal or financial gain.
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Occupational Course of Study
  • Compilation of Constructed Response Items
The released constructed response items are located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/measures/released-items/


March 1, 2013 Update -

Webinar Opportunity- Online Evaluation Tool: Professional Development Plan End-of-Year Review–March, 2013:

This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to review the process for completing the end-of-year review of the teacher's Professional Development Plan.
The following topics will be addressed during the webinar:

  • Review of the North Carolina State Board of Education policy on the evaluation process
  • Demonstrate the teacher process for accessing the existing Professional Development Plan, reviewing the plan at end-of-year, and authenticating the plan
  • Demonstrate the principal process for accessing the existing Professional Development Plan, reviewing the plan at end-of-year, and authenticating the plan
  • Review the process for completing the Summary Rating Form
  • Review the process for completing the Teacher Record of Evaluation Activities Report

To register for this webinar please click on one of the following dates:
Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/445764353

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/361034712

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 9:oo am to 11:00 am
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/520871385

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Registration Web Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/120057320

Spring READY webinars:

In lieu of face-to-face READY meetings this semester, READY Webinars will be held. The idea this time is for Principals to create “local PLC groups” to view the webinars together so perhaps every teacher across the state will be able to “attend” the webinars (this concept is still in development). Because space is limited within the software, I will let you know if you are allowed to register for any one session for each category below or you may be asked to view the recorded webinars at a later date; this information is simply FYI for you at this time. We have offered our Adobe Connect licenses to broaden their accessibility, so that may help. Feel free to share the dates as a save-the-date for your LEAs as appropriate. Registration information will follow and will go out to Principals.

Spring 2013 READY Outreach Webinar Dates

For Home Base/PowerSchool
April 18, 22 and 29
Presenters: Dr. Angela Quick, Wendy Hinson (PowerSchool demo), and Dan Gwaltney (IIS demo)
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm

For Setting the Expectations: Accountability and Assessments:
April 8, 23 and May 5.
Presenters: Dr. Rebecca Garland and Dr. Tammy Howard
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm

Sessions will be recorded. Q&A time will be incorporated for participants.

Educator Effectiveness Website:

We have recently made some changes to the NC Public Schools website. All of the information that you used to find at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/ can now be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/. The educatoreffectiveness@dpi.nc.gov email address remains the same.

Anyone who visits the old http://www.ncpublicschools/org/educatoreffect/ site will be automatically directed to the new site. However, anyone who visits one of the subpages of the older site will receive a 404 error that the page has been removed. Please let folks know that all the information is still posted online; they just need to visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/ and then navigate to their desired page (i.e. EVAAS, Common Exam assessment specifications, etc.)

February 28, 2013 Update:

EVAAS

On February 1, teachers across North Carolina received access to a teacher evaluation dashboard housed in the EVAAS web platform. This report integrates a teacher's ratings on Standards 1 through 5 with the baseline data for Standard 6. Over time, the dashboard will hold the three years of data that will be used with data from Standards 1 through 5 to determine a teacher's overall effectiveness status of in need of improvement, effective, or highly effective.

As a reminder, the sixth standard rating for the 2011-12 school year will NOT be counted toward the overall status. For more information on how to access and interpret the report, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/educatoreffect/resources/2013/01-teacher-evaluation.pdf.

The NC Department of Public Instruction and SAS Institute are also pleased to announce the launch of new learning modules on EVAAS. These eight-to-10 minute videos are available 24/7, and provide a narrated explanation of how to access and interpret different reports. The modules currently available are:

- Teacher Value-Added and Diagnostic Reports for Grades 4 – 8 ELA and Math Teachers
- Teacher Value-Added and Diagnostic Reports for Grades 4 and 8 Science, High School, and Career and Technical Education Teachers
- Teacher Evaluation Dashboard

The modules can be accessed through the Help menu when logged into EVAAS.


February 27, 2013 Update - Twitter chat:
NCed chat is a brand new bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators. NCed Chat will provide an opportunity for North Carolina educators to grow and develop their personal learning network (PLN) by connecting with other NC educators throughout the state . The chat will create a forum for North Carolina educators to come together once every other week in a public Twitter conversation around topics that pertain to their work and connect with other educators with similar interests. The chats will be primarily moderated by school and district level practitioners.

Please share this free and ongoing opportunity to connect with other NC Educators with all educators in your LEA/Charter.

Our first chat will be held from 8 pm – 9 pm on Tuesday, March 26. The topic will be the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning.

Click here to learn more about how to participate: https://smore.com/gg3f

February 21, 2013 Update:

Sharing Best Practices around Common Exams

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is offering an opportunity for local school districts to learn best practices from one another around the development and implementation of Common Exams. Central Office personnel working on Educator Effectiveness (human resources, testing and curriculum and instruction directors and/or appointees) are invited to join Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Services, along with testing directors from three local districts who administered the exams for first semester, for a Sharing Best Practices around Common Exams webinar. Dr. Howard and her colleagues will share best practices and lessons learned from the field among those who have administered the first round.

Below are dates, times and local district presenters, along with registration information:
Thursday, Feb. 28, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Dana Wrights, Director of Accountability Services, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools
Join us for a Webinar on February 28
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/521297872
Thursday, March 7, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Colby Cochran, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Join us for a Webinar on March 7
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/668928065
Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 to 5 pm -- Terry Hilton, Testing Coordinator, Jackson County Schools, and Jake Buchanan, Principal, Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County.
Join us for a Webinar on March 12:
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/382337856

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

February 18, 2013 Update:


Two new resources for Educator Effectiveness:

Myths about Educator Effectiveness Debunked; Measuring Growth One-Pager
These are also available on the Teacher Effectiveness page of this wiki.

Updates to Online NC Educator Evaluation System:

Sixth standard ratings from the 2011-12 school year are now available in Summary Rating Forms for the 2011-12 school year. Teachers can access their ratings on Standards 1 – 6 through either the Teacher Evaluation Dashboard housed in EVAAS or the Summary Rating Form housed in the online tool.

Additionally, the text of the sixth standard in the 2012-13 rubrics has been updated to reflect that the State Board of Education has not yet determined the components and weights of the sixth standard. The Board will make this policy decision in the next few months.


1/27/2013:
Update on Common Exams:
Specification files are now available for the Common Core-aligned high school math exams, Discrete Math (exam will not be administered until 2013-14), elementary and middle school social studies, and elementary and middle school science. We also updated the rest of the specifications documents to be more clear about the amount of time for testing.

The entire set of specifications are available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/measures/specifications/.

1/24/2013:
Updates for Region 6 - 2013.01.24
Attachments:


12/10/12:
Dr. Harrison Honors Teachers in His Latest Blog
In his blog post for Nov. 30, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison discusses the importance of supporting our teachers and recognizing their work with our children. To read this blog post, and earlier entries please visit http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/chairmans-blog/blame-to-gratitude-and-respect.

New Website Showcases Home Base System
A website that to highlight the Home Base system was recently launched and is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/. Home Base is a statewide, instructional improvement (IIS) and student information system (SIS) for teachers, students, parents and administrators. The Home Base website provides access to a number of resources to help stakeholders learn more about the system and how it can be used to improve instruction.

Educator Effectiveness Website Features New Page and Resources
The Educator Effectiveness website was recently updated with a new page and new resources.

- A new page devoted to sample items for multiple-choice and performance tasks for middle school and high school Common Exams is now online. In addition, sample rubrics for middle school and high school performance tasks are also available. To view the task and rubrics please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/measures/sample-items/.

- A math formula sheet for Advanced Functions and Modeling (AFM) and Pre-Calculus was added to the section for Materials for High School Measures of Student Learning on the Measures of Student Learning/Common Exams page. The sheet is available to review athttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/measures/.

The Common Exams are given in subjects that are not part of the state’s end-of-grade and end-of-course testing program. The Common Exams are tools for school districts and charter schools to use as one part of the evaluation process for teachers.

Race to the Top Updates Highlight Latest Program News
Check out the latest news regarding Race to the Top (RttT) programs and resources by reading the updates athttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/updates/2012/. The Nov. 28 issue features information for teachers about accessing the assessment specifications for high school common exams, news about Leadership Academy members presenting at the University Council for Education Leadership conference, and more. The Dec. 5 edition highlights stories about the new Home Base website and consortium, Phase II online modules for professional development, registration information for the Speak Up 2012 Survey and the revamped English Language Arts newsletter. If you know individuals who would like to receive the updates, please send their email addresses to Michael Yarbrough, RttT communications specialist, at michael.yarbrough@dpi.nc.gov.

10/23/2012:

New Information about Measures of Student Learning/Common Exams

There are some new MSL resources that will be going up on the web soon. These are attached for your use. They will also be posted on the Region 6 PD website under the Teacher Effectiveness section. http://region6pd.ncdpi.wikispaces.net
  1. High School Math Sheet - outlines the new flexibility that districts have, as well as the creation of new high school math MSLs for the spring.
  2. High School Math Chart – contains pretty much the same information as #1, just organized in a table.
  3. Full Samples – self-explanatory! Some sample MC and performance tasks for high school science, social studies, ELA, and math. There are also middle school science and social studies examples.
  4. Generic Rubric Description – each performance task will have its own rubric, but this document outlines the general structures of the rubrics.





UNC Charlotte Distinguished Speaker Series

UNC Charlotte is beginning a distinguished speaker series. This is open to the community as well as educators in the area. The first speaker is State Board of Education chairman, Dr. Bill Harrison. He will discuss “A Vision for Public Education in North Carolina” on October 24, 2012 from 5:00 pm until 7:15 pm. Registration is required. Click on the link below to register. http://education.uncc.edu/oeo/speakerseries

Principal Evaluation Process Manual

The Principal Evaluation Process Manual is updated on the Educator Effectiveness DPI page. The Teacher Evaluation Process Manual should be updated soon. To access this document, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/ncees/instruments/. A chart showing all of the updates is attached.




Smarter Balanced Sample Items and Performance Tasks
The Smarter Balanced sample items and performance tasks were released Oct. 9. In less than a week, more than 45,000 people have visited the website. Public interest has been high, as indicated by numerous articles, blog posts, and a high volume of social media activity. The sample assessment items and performance tasks can be viewed on the Smarter Balanced website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/sample-items-and-performance-tasks/. Help-desk support will be provided through Friday, Nov. 2, between the hours of 7 a.m. 8 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.



Arts Education, Healthful Living and World Language Assessment Examples
Arts Education, Healthful Living and World Language Assessment Examples were developed as part of North Carolina's Race to the Top plan to support standards implementation. These examples are not intended to be used as standardized statewide tests, but to serve as examples of some ways that standards (or parts of the standards) might be assessed in the classroom, by individual teachers. The examples are intended to help illustrate ways that the standards could be assessed, but are not required or mandated for statewide student or teacher accountability, and they are not Common Exams (formerly known as Measures of Student Learning). Teachers are encouraged to implement assessments in ways that make sense to their teaching situations and that best fit the needs of their students. The examples that have been reviewed and approved, along with a description of the development process, are accessible from the following web pages:
http://ances.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/AEs+for+Arts+Education
http://hlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/AEs+for+Healthful+Living
http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/AEs+for+World+Languages

Additional examples are being refined and are expected to be available by mid-December 2012.




Common Exams Webinar for School Administrators Available for Viewing
On October 10, the Department of Public Instruction and NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association held a webinar on educator effectiveness, with a focus on the Common Exams. While more than 700 school administrators tuned in to the webinar, we know that many of you were not able to join us.
To ensure that you receive pertinent info on this topic, we have archived the recorded webinar online. To view it, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/142460961. You will be prompted to complete a form as if you were registering for the live webinar. This action will provide you with access to the recorded version.



Resources for Extended Content Standards
The NCDPI has received requests regarding resources around the Extended Content Standards for Exceptional Children's programs. The Standards can be found at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/extended/
Support Tools can be found here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/extended-tools/. This site is updated often as support tools are developed and should be referred to frequently.
Additional information, including training information around the extended content standards is here: http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/disability-resources/significant-cognitive-disabilities/nc-extended-content-standards

A group email list for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities features notifications about professional development and other pertinent information regarding the standards. To be added to this list, please contact Claire Greer at claire.greer@dpi.nc.gov.

The website for the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness features a Literacy component. While this site is largely intended for students with duel sensory loss (vision and hearing), it also pertains to those students with significant cognitivedisabilities: http://www.hknc.org/Literacy.htm

An online Livebinder for information on the Extended Content Standards will soon be released. We will provide you with more information on this as it becomes available.



Online Evaluation Tool Webinar: Observations
The Online Evaluation Tool: Observations webinar will be offered two more times this month. This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to review the process of completing the annual evaluation cycle for teacher with a focus on using the online evaluation tools to complete the observation rubric.
The following topics will be addressed during the webinar:
  • Review the North Carolina State Board of Education policy on the Evaluation Process
  • Review Step 3 in the annual evaluation cycle
  • Present strategies for managing observations
  • Demonstrate copying an existing observation to inform the Rubric for Evaluating NC Teachers to complete a new observation
  • Demonstrate accessing, notating and authenticating the observation rubric in the online evaluation tool
  • Share resources, strategies, and best practices for coaching teachers for peak performance
Please select a date and time that works best in your schedule to join us for this informative webinar.

Online Evaluation Tool: Observations
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 to 11 am
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/946291544

Online Evaluation Tool: Observations
Wednesday, Oct. 24: 2 to 4 pm
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/670621216



2012-13 READY NCEXTEND2 Online Assessments
For the 2012-13 school year, all NCEXTEND2 assessments will be delivered in an online format. This includes the NCEXTEND2 assessments for Biology, English II, Algebra I/Integrated I, Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics, and Grades 5 and 8 Science. Five years ago, the NCDPI conducted a feasibility study for both the end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments for online delivery of the NCEXTEND2 assessments. Teachers also suggested features that would ensure an optimal testing environment for the students.

During the spring 2011 item tryouts, the NCEXTEND2 assessments were administeredcompletely online. The successes observed and lessons learned with the administration of the NCEXTEND2 assessments helped move NC forward in the transition to online assessments.
Note: Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) have the option of administering NCEXTEND2 assessments in the online or paper-and pencil format. Online testing, however, is strongly encouraged.
MORE INFO: Kayla Siler, Policy Analyst, kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov or http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/



DPI is pleased to announce many online learning opportunities for all educators.


Online Evaluation Tool: Observations
This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to review the process of completing the annual evaluation cycle for teachers with a focus on using the online evaluation tool to complete the observation rubric.

The following topics will be addressed during the webinar:
  • Review the North Carolina State Board of Education policy on the Evaluation Process
  • Present strategies for managing observations
  • Share resources, strategies, and best practices for coaching teachers for peak performance
Please register here - http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars

The Phase II Online Modules

The Department of Public Instruction has developed nine new online modules as a means of providing professional development that is flexible and can be used by districts and charter school teams in ways that best suit their needs. For additional information about the modules, enrollment information, and strategies for implementation, please see the Phase II Online Module Implementation Guide at http://rt3nc.org/pubs/implementation_guide_2012.pdf

Six modules are available through the NC Education site at https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/course/category.php?id=33281. To enroll, educators will need to create an NC Education account.

Connecting with Our 21st Century Learners

10 hours / 1.0 CEU
Today's students will face challenges our generation has yet to imagine. This module focuses on ensuring that every student is ready to meet those challenges. The 21st Century Skills Framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills helps to guide this discussion. Participants observe and analyze model lessons to identify 21st century skills and methods of teaching them, design a lesson incorporating 21st century skills and tools, and collaborate with colleagues to critique lessons developed by other participants.

North Carolina School Executive Standards and Evaluation Process

10 hours / 1.0 CEU
The North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation Process is based on the North Carolina School Executive Standards. These standards have been developed as a guide for principals and assistant principals as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as leaders throughout their careers. The standards serve as an important tool for principals and assistant principals as they consider their growth and development as executives leading schools in the 21st century. The main responsibility of principals and assistant principals is to create aligned systems of leadership throughout the school and its community.

Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom

5 hours / 0.5 CEU
This module is for preschool through grade 5 teachers. The module will serve as a tool to assist teachers to develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in young students and extend that knowledge to foster long-term connectivity and academic achievement for all students, decrease the dropout rates, and ultimately increase North Carolina's graduation rates.

Introduction to Data Literacy

4 hours / 0.4 CEU
This module provides an introduction to data literacy. Both teacher and principal perspectives are included. It includes information on types of data, strategies for analyzing and understanding data, and processes for determining how these can influence instructional practices. In order to design effective instruction and learning environments, educators need to determine what learners know, and effectively use evidence collected. This module aims to provide learning experiences that develop or enhance abilities to find, evaluate, and use data to inform instruction.

Digital Literacies in the K–12 Classroom

12 hours / 1.2 CEU
Students need continual guidance in building digital literacy, and teachers need continually to reflect on how best to provide that guidance—and to refine their own skills. Just as basic literacy—reading and writing—must be a part of teaching and learning in every content area, so must digital literacy. This module offers a sound and thorough grounding in digital literacy as it pertains to the classroom—or of digital literacies, as the title of the module says, for there are many ways of thinking about digital literacy.

Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

3 hours / 0.3 CEU
This introductory module defines literacy in the disciplines. Learners will receive an overview of the connections between the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. They will then have guided practice examining, discussing, and creating learning activities for their students that integrate the North Carolina Essential Standards and the Common Core Literacy Standards for disciplines in grades 6–12.



AIG Professional Development for Math and Science

NCDPI’s Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Programs announces professional development webinars focused on “Advanced Content for Teachers of Advanced Learners in Math and Science.” This series is developed in partnership with NC School of Science and Mathematics. These one‐hour webinar sessions are open to all interested personnel. Registration is required. This professional development is geared largely toward teachers in grades 6‐12. Sessions will be archived and posted on NCDPI’s iTunesU site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/itunesu/. Topics range from Recursion to Biomimicry to Integrating “E” in STEM. Please see attached flier for more information and registration links. The series will run from October 2012 to April 2013. Attend one or all sessions.




Validation Studies for New Evaluation Rubrics
Evaluation rubric validation studies will begin this year for school psychologists, counselors, social workers, library media coordinators and instructional technology facilitators. All NC districts are invited to participate. Due to the large size of some of our districts, it may not be necessary for all staff in the representative areas to participate in the pilot. We would like to have some participants from every district in all five studies. Research and Evaluation Associates will facilitate the validation studies led by Dr. Jean Williams. If your district wishes to participate in the validation studies, please email jean@centurylink.net. Dr. Williams will contact each district within two weeks to confirm participation in the studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Jean Williams, jean@centurylink.net (Research and Evaluation Associates) or Dr. Lynne Johnson, lynne.johnson@dpi.nc.gov (Director, Educator Recruitment and Development).



READY Website Features FAQs for Accountability, Assessments and NCEES
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new Accountability model, the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System and new assessments to be used in 2012-13, have been compiled into three FAQ documents and added to the READY website. To view any of the documents please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/faq/.



Social Studies Website Features New Content and Links to New Standards
The Social Studies curriculum website was recently updated and now features links to the Essential Standards materials, updated resources and more. To see what’s new in Social Studies for North Carolina’s public school students, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/socialstudies/.



OCS Standards and Resources Updated on the ACRE Website
New material was recently added to the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) website.

  • Courses for Occupational Preparation I-IV have been added to the Adopted Standards for the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) and are now available to review. These courses prepare students for future career applications. To view the latest addition to the Future Ready Occupational Course of Study, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/new-standards/.

  • Unpacking Standards and Crosswalks for the Future Ready Occupational Course of Study are now available on the ACRE website athttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/. The Unpacking Standards include material related to OCS Introduction to Mathematics and OCS Algebra I. The crosswalks compare changes between the new and old standards for OCS Algebra I, Biology, English I and II.



New Page and Resources Available on the Teacher Effectiveness Website
Resources highlighting Measures of Student Learning/Common Exams, updates for teachers and the top five frequently asked questions for the month have been added to the Teacher Effectiveness website.





State Board of Education Vision of Public Education in North Carolina: A Great Public Education System for a Great State
Adapted from the report submitted by Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=9214&MID=670



HB 837 – CPR Requirement
At their October meeting, the State Board released a document that outlines the CPR requirement for students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The document can be accessed at: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=8901&MID=670. NC DPI is working to have a checkbox in new PowerSchool that says that students have completed this.



CTE Revisions brought for discussion:
8 New Courses:
  • Virtual Enterprises International
  • SharePoint
  • Public Safety II
  • Emergency Medical Technology I and II
  • Adobe Visual Design
  • Adobe Digital Design
  • Introduction to Trade and Industrial Education (ITIE)

2 Courses Removed:
  • Offset Press
  • Finishing and Binding
Additional information can be found at: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=10399&MID=670
jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov, or Emily Doyle, NCPAPA, edoyle@ncasa.net.


9/13/2012:
EVAAS Updates
  • Several users have received a message about missing enrollment data when accessing the student projection reports and Academic Preparedness reports released on August 23. The enrollment data used for the projection reports was pulled on August 8. NCDPI pulled enrollment data again on August 30 to be used in the upcoming release of teacher reports. This enrollment data will be incorporated into the projection reports as soon as possible.

  • As district EVAAS administrators, you are responsible for providing access to the system to central office employees. Your district should decide on the appropriate level of access for staff members depending on their roles. Human resource directors or their designees must have access to EVAAS (and teacher-level reports) given its role in the educator evaluation system. It's important to note that while accounts can be created at any time, access to teacher reports can only be granted after they are released.

  • Teachers with data in EVAAS will receive accounts at the end of September. Some districts already provide teachers with access to EVAAS. In these situations, new accounts will not be generated for the teachers. Rather, educators will receive an email reminding them that they do have access to EVAAS, as well as how to retrieve their user name and password if they have forgotten either of them.

Other districts have not provided access to EVAAS to teachers. In these situations. SAS and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to create as many accounts as possible by pulling teacher email addresses from the NC Educator Evaluation System and matching teachers to their data in EVAAS through the Unique ID. This process will significantly decrease the amount of manual account creation that will need to take place.


8/30/2012:
How can you use project-based learning (PBL) to meet the Common Core?
Attend this free 45-minute webinar to learn how the alignment of PBL and Common Core promotes critical thinking skills and communication and how technology-rich environments foster that connection. You'll also see practical examples of projects for a variety of grade levels and content areas.
Visit this link for more information and to register: http://app.compasslearning.biz/e/es.aspx?s=1551&e=15714&elq=2d5f9cd73bc940d89fe8fcdc053aeec3

Educator Effectiveness Website Live
The new Educator Effectiveness Website is now available for teachers, principals and administrators to access information regarding educator effectiveness data, state board policies governing educator effectiveness, the new Measures of Student Learning, the new educator evaluation system and much more. You can access the site at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/educatoreffect/.

Online Evaluation Tool Webinar Series: Getting Started
The Professional Development team is offering webinars on strategies for getting started in the online tool. We will also review some of the upgrades for the 2012‐13 school year. The following areas will be reviewed during the webinar:
1. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete Teacher Self‐Assessment
2. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete a Professional Development Plan and explain the changes.
3. Model the use of the Record of Teacher Activity Report
4. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete the Principal/Assistant Principal Self‐Assessment
5. Demonstrate using the online tool to complete goal setting for Principal/Assistant Principal
6. Review Online Tool Updates
These webinars will be offered through September. Please select a date and time that works best in your schedule to join us for this informative webinar. Registration information is available at
http://ncees.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Upcoming+Webinars. The webinars are open to district contacts for the online tool, principals, and teachers. Please feel free to share this information.

Finding NCDPI Wikispaces
NCDPI has heard your concerns regarding finding wikispaces in a fast and convenient way. Soon there will be a central location for all NCDPI Wikispaces pages for your convenience. Please visit
http://wikicentral.ncdpi.wikispaces.net to find any resource page you may be looking for. We are continuously updating this space with the most recent information, so please “pardon our progress” while the site remains under construction.

Student Achievement Partners Modules on the Common Core State Standards
Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by three of the contributing authors to the Common Core that develops tools for effective standards implementation, released four professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. The four modules cover: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy and Instructional Leadership in the context of the Common Core.
http://www.achievethecore.org/steal‐these‐tools/professional‐development‐modules

Common Core Resources from America Achieves the Core.
America Achieves the Core has a number of SS, ELA, and Math lessons that illustrate the Common Core shifts. Users have to set up an account to view the lessons but it is free. http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/

NC Common Core Mathematics K‐8 Week by Week Essentials and Strategies Coming Soon
NCDPI has begun the process of selecting high cognitively demanding tasks from the K‐8 Week by Week Essentials and Strategies to create a new support document that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. With the support of North Carolina educators and other public school partners, we anticipate the release of this new document in late fall. Updates regarding this new document will be posted on the K‐8 NCDPI Math Listserves and NCDPI Math Wiki: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/

42nd Annual State Mathematics Conference
Thursday and Friday, October 25 & 26, 2012, Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC
COMMON CORE: The Journey Begins
Keynote Speakers
  • Peg Smith “Task, Tools, and Talk: A Framework for Enacting the CCSS Mathematical Practices”
  • Patrick Vennebush “Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks”
  • Laura Candler “Crafting the Perfect Common Core Math Lesson”
  • Erin Krupa “Implementing the High School Integrated Math in the CCSS Era”
Featured Speakers
  • Dr. June Atkinson “The State Superintendent’s Message to NC Teachers”
  • Tom McDougal “Filling the Gap in Teacher Professional Development”
  • Joan Holub “Creating Zero the Hero”
  • Jere Confrey and her colleagues at the Friday Institute will present a series of sessions on learning trajectories
DPI Presentations
  • Grades K-8 and High School
  • Major Work of the Grade – DPI Mathematics Consultants
The Major Work of the Grade has been identified for North Carolina based on information provided by NC educators, NC DPI, and SBAC. Come to your grade level session to learn about the Major Work and the supporting/additional clusters for your grade. The power of the eraser will be discussed. Go to our webpage www.NCCTM.org for information regarding sessions, workshops, accommodations, registration instructions, registration fees and other information.
Pre-registration deadline is October 19, 2012 online and October 12, 2012 by mail. Make sure your membership is current.
Note: Effective July 1, 2012, NCCTM changed to a fixed membership year running from July 1 to June 30.

Reading, Math Foundations Crosswalks Linking to the Common Core State Standards
The course goals and competencies of the North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP) Reading Foundations Training (RFT) and the Foundations of Mathematics Training are aligned to the concepts and skills of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These crosswalks reflect a comparison between these state initiatives. It is designed as a resource to inform educators about how the Reading Foundations and Foundations of Mathematics courses align with the CCSS. To view these crosswalks, please visit:
http://www.ncsip.org/mathematics/resources‐and‐materials.php
http://www.ncsip.org/reading/documents/RFandCommonCoreCrosswalk.pdf
MORE INFO: Paula Crawford, paula.crawford@dpi.nc.gov

Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers- The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year, $175,000 award available to outstanding science or mathematics teachers in the North Carolina public schools. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science or mathematics content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. This five-year award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. The Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers program is a partnership between the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The SBE is providing additional salary support to secure 12-month contracts for award winning teachers. Teachers may self-nominate, but should read the guidelines for more details. Sept. 18 is the application deadline. For more information, please visit www.bwfund.org/pages/379/CASM

Math Materials Available Online
K-5 Unpacking Documents:
All K-5 Unpacking Documents have been updated with the latest information provided by the CCSS Writing Team. These may be accessed on the Mathematics Wiki: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/
K-2 Assessment:
Two K-2 Assessment Instructional Videos have been added to assist with implementation of the K-2 Formative Instructional and Assessment Tasks for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. In addition, all assessment tasks are also provided as compiled Word Documents for your convenience. You may access these resources on the K-2 Assessment Wiki: http://commoncoretasks.wikispaces.com/
K-2 Mid-Year Benchmark Assessments:
NCDPI is currently developing the K-2 Mid-Year Benchmark Assessment and will release these assessments to district leaders by late Fall.

Possible Scenarios for Compacting the CCSS‐M in Middle School
Possible scenarios for compacting the CCSS‐M in middle school are now available at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Middle+School+Mathematics
Two models are available: A 3:2 model which begins compacting in the 7th grade and a 4:3 model which begins compacting in the sixth grade. With each model is a 6 ‐ 8 overview of the standards (this document was previously posted; however, revisions have been made), a possible grouping of standards by units for each grade level, and a document with all grade levels together.

Quick Reference Guides for the NC Standard Course of Study
The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study, available in sets for K‐5 or 6‐8, serve as resources for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple disciplines. IS175, 2012, $25 (K‐5) IS176, 2012, $15 (6‐8). Order at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/publications/ Free PDF download at: http://aplus.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Reference+Guides

2012 PD Modules Released
The following new modules are now available at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc/.
  • Connecting with Our 21st Century Learners
  • Introduction to Data Literacy
  • Digital Literacies in the K¿12 Classroom
  • North Carolina School Executive Standards and Evaluation Process
  • Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Please click this link for a document with additional details: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D6031773_67382407_35607
Three additional modules, listed below, are available in different locations.
  • The North Carolina Educator Evaluation System: Online Tutorials for Administrators
  • The North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards Facilitated Course
  • NC FALCON: Student Ownership Module
For more detailed module information, see the document linked above.

Additionally, the 2012-13 implementation guide is available at http://rt3nc.org/pubs/implementation_guide_2012.pdf

This implementation guide can also be found on the NC education (TOPS) website at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc/
For a complete listing of the available training visit
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/profdev/webinars/

Webinar Update: Arts Education - Course Coding Changes Impact, Honors Policy, Student Placement
This webinar is intended for public school counselors and other educators interested in learning more about the impact of course coding changes, honors policy, and student placement in relationship to students’ participation in arts education programs. Linda Brannan, School Counseling Consultant, and
Christie Lynch Ebert, Arts Education Consultant, will lead this session. Please plan to attend to have your questions answered and find out what you can do to support student learning in the arts! Participants are encouraged to log in and check all connections 15 minutes prior to the start time for the broadcast. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future reference if your schedule does not allow you to attend the live meeting.
Registration Web Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/183294615

EVAAS Reporting for EOG and EOC now available
The 2012 EVAAS reporting for EOG and EOC is now available for districts and schools. You will find value-added results, diagnostic reports as well as student projections. Additionally, enrollment information that is current as of August 8th in NCWISE has also been incorporated into the EVAAS site and is being used to power the Academic Preparedness reports. Make sure to check out the drop in online sessions hosted by Dr. Sandy Horn which are listed on the login page (https://ncdpi.sas.com) under Schedule of Virtual Professional Development.
Please note, in compliance with State policy, passwords expire every 90 days, so you may be prompted to reset your password upon your first login. To access the reports go to https://ncdpi.sas.com. Log in with your username and password.

NC Test Demo
The following is the link to the NCTest Demo site: http://go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo . This site includes examples of test items for various subject areas.
Common Core Top 10 Insider Secrets
2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown-Wessling, shares 10 of her big “ah-ha” moments of working with the Common Core. Get the white paper here: https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2012/08/07/common-core-insider-secrets/?utm_source=Alpha+List&utm_campaign=de43da1f8b-Back_To_School_August_15_2012&utm_medium=email

ASCD Launches EduCore™ Tool
ASCD introduces the new, free EduCore™ digital tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.
· Mathematics resources, developed by the Shell Centre, include classroom-ready videos and more than 20 problem-solving and content-development formative assessment lessons. These middle and high school Classroom Challenges are on subjects such as solving linear equations in two variables and applying angle theorems. Useful plans, student materials, PowerPoint slides, and other materials round out the mathematics resources.
· Literacy resources, created by the Literacy Design Collaborative, consist of three templates for argumentation, informational, and narrative teaching that educators in all disciplines can use. Each template offers middle and high school teachers fill-in-the-blank shells in which they can insert the texts students must read, writing students must produce, and content students must address. To support students' engagement and growth, the EduCore tool empowers content-area teachers to create their own tasks. Related resources include videos that instruct educators on how to create their own templates and Microsoft Word templates teachers can use to develop their own modules.
Through a simple registration process, educators can access additional EduCore features, such as the ability to save searches, organize tools, and annotate resources. In the coming months, ASCD will add more mathematics formative assessment lessons and sample literacy modules.
A webinar is scheduled on Wednesday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time to provide an overview of the EduCore tool. Click on the underlined words to register.

Curriculum & Instruction and Standard Course of Study Merge into One Site
The K-12 Curriculum & Instruction and NC Standard Course of Study websites have been merged into one website – K-12 Curriculum & Instruction/ NC Standard Course of Study. The new site features a number of elements from both websites, making it easier for users to navigate to curriculum sites such as Science and Social Studies while providing easy access to resources relating to the Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards. In addition, a new page entitled Curriculum Links provides access to other important resources related to curriculum and instruction. To view the website, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/.

Updated Graduation Project Manual on the Web
A revised version of the North Carolina Graduation Project (NCGP) Manual is available on the North Carolina Graduation Requirements website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements/resources/. The manual provides guidance to high schools and local school systems regarding the North Carolina Graduation Project. The manual is designed to equip high schools with necessary information to meet the expectations for North Carolina’s school accountability program as they relate to the NCGP.

Legislation Changes in Education
If you are interested in learning more about legislation affecting NC schools, visit this link: http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/


8/14/12 - State Board of Education approves mCLASS state-wide - Please read the memo below to learn more about the State Board's decision to expand mCLASS Reading 3D statewide.


8/6/12 - Target Release Dates for EVAAS Data - District/School web reports available 8/23/12. Teacher web reports available 9/11/12.

8/2/12 - Additional Evaluation Rubrics Presented to the State Board of Education -
The following rubrics were presented to the State Board this summer and simulation studies are currently in progress.
Proposed Rubrics:
§ School Social Workers (approved by the SBE in early August)
§ School Counselors
§ School Psychologists
§ Instructional Technology Facilitators
§ School Library Media Coordinators

After September approval, validation studies will begin under the leadership of Dr. Jean Williams. All LEAs may be involved in these studies. Data will be collected by a consultant group in Atlanta and reports will be prepared by Jean and her group. Once the reports are complete, an outside evaluator will review and the validated instruments will be taken to the Board for formal use in 2013-14. Training and using these instruments for the validation studies will begin this semester.

Central Office Rubric: will be changed next month to include lead teachers, coordinators, and other staff working with adults, but not responsible for student instruction.

8/2/12 - Design of Report Cards for IHEs presented to GETC (Governor's Education Transformation Commission) - This presentation was given to the GETC to explain the report cards that will soon be used for teacher education programs at IHEs in North Carolina.




Notable Quote on making professional learning about student learning:
Dr. Dennis Sparks from Learning Forward, formerly the National Staff Development Council:
“What we’re advocating is that you start with the student learning, get real specific about that, then determine the kind of teaching practices, and curriculum, and assessment that would lead to that outcome. And then just keep working your way back to the kind of professional learning that would get you there.”
“When I talk about professional learning I want people to be thinking about ‘What’s the learning that I’m going for that’s going to improve the quality of my practice for the benefit of students?’ So the focus is on the outcome, the learning rather than the process.”
Updates for 7/6/2012:
Guidance Support Tools now available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#tools

2012 Summer Institutes Off to Great Start – Certificate Info
The 2012 Summer Institutes got off to a great start at Enka High School in Buncombe County on June 21 and 22, with more than 400 participants who were fully engaged and excited about preparing for implementation in August.
If you attended the 2012 Summer Institutes you should have received a brief message and link to the post-Institute survey by email at the end of Day 2, or you may have accessed the survey through the QR codes posted around the school. In case you happened NOT to have received an email, the link to the survey is available on the NC Education site. This link allows you to submit feedback on your overall experience and gives you access to your Certificate of Completion.
You may take the final survey and download your Certificate of Completion by logging on to NC Education at http://center.ncsu.edu/nc and completing Step 5 in the 2012 Summer Institutes course. Please complete the post-Institute survey within 10 days of your attendance at the Summer Institute. Attendance is taken at every location and your initials are necessary on both days to access the certificate. Thanks for your feedback.

Future-Ready Core Course of Study Changes and Clarifications
There are a number of changes to the Future-Ready Mathematics Graduation Requirements for the 2012-13 school year. The document’s first page provides an overview of these changes.
Of particular note is clarification of the lab requirement for MAT courses (#6) and the mathematics credit for CTE courses for students in the substitution pathway (#11). The chart may be found at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Policy+Information.

K-2 Mathematics Assessment
In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, the NC Department of Public Instruction provides Local Education Agencies with state-developed assessments to be implemented for kindergarten, first and second grades. These assessments include documented, ongoing individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. Local Education Agencies may use these assessment instruments as presented, or use adaptations of these instruments, or they may adopt unique assessments.

The newly revised K-2 Mathematics Formative Assessment Tasks and the K-2 Mathematics Administration Manual are available at http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/. A mid-year benchmark assessment and end-of-year summative assessment will be provided to district directors this fall.

MORE INFO: Barbara Bissell, at Barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov, or Amy Scrinzi, amy.scrinzi@dpi.nc.gov.

ACT/PLAN Instructional Support Workshops
The ACT Instructional Support Workshops (ISWs) are being offered throughout North Carolina in coordination with ACT, NCDPI and the State RESAs. The workshops will be conducted by ACT staff.
Target audiences include ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers, curriculum specialists and school/district level administrators. The focus of these programs is to provide best practices for the use of data from PLAN and ACT assessments to improve student success through teaching and learning tied to ACT's College and Career Readiness Standards. Topics/activities include:
  • How to best use data from the student and school-based PLAN and ACT reports to improve classroom instruction;
  • Understanding the structure and content of each assessment in PLAN and the ACT with hands-on activities; and,
  • Review of resources from ACT to use in developing instructional strategies.

In Region 6, we will hold these 2 sessions of the training on August 6th and 17th. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the training lasts until 1:00 pm. A registration link will be sent to district curriculum leaders and RttT leaders by early next week.

North Carolina RtI Model Moves to Three-Tier
As announced earlier this year, North Carolina’s Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI) Model will transition from that of a four-tier model to a three-tier model. Training begins this summer and will place a stronger emphasis on using data within a problem-solving model to make improved instructional decisions within the foundational core curricula at Tier I. RtI in North Carolina emphasizes a school improvement model that streamlines initiatives and ensures that students are college and career ready.
MORE INFO: Visit the RtI display at the 2012 Summer Institutes, or contact Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, maria.pitremartin@dpi.nc.gov. For information on upcoming training, please contact Angie Parrish, angie.parrish@dpi.nc.gov.

Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Update
A pilot of the IIS is scheduled to begin in 2013 with phased rollout during the 2013-14 school year. As a project of Race to the Top, the IIS is slated to be fully deployed by the end of the grant period in August 2014.
The IIS is an exciting and innovative move for our state to a “one-stop-shop” solution for improving instruction.
MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/improvement/, or send questions/comments to IIS_READY@dpi.nc.gov, or contact Dr. Sarah McManus at sarah.mcmanus@dpi.nc.gov.

IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC)
To prepare for the Instructional Improvement System, LEAs/charter schools are working together in the IIS Resource Consortium (IIS RC) to gather local resources (e.g., unit plans, assessment items) that can be shared statewide through the IIS. The Consortium comprises members from all eight educational regions, representing small, medium and large LEAs/charter schools. It is focused on resources from the following areas: instruction/learning, assessment, professional development and talent management/educator evaluation. The LEA chair of the consortium is Jason Atkinson of Hoke County Schools. The LEA leads are James Overman of Wake County for Instruction/Learning, Todd Wirt of Mooresville Graded School District for Assessment and Jan Richardson of Charlotte-MecklenburgSchools for Talent Management/Educator Evaluation. The lead for Professional Development will soon be named. The Consortium presently has an additional 25 LEA/charter school members.
The IIS RC is currently in its formative stage and is addressing procedures for the group to identify and share resources across the state. Recently, the Consortium has been considering the process of how initial data will be gathered in order to inventory the resources available that might be included in the IIS.

NCEES Update
The Department of Public Instruction is extending the completion of all educator evaluations until July 9, 2012. The online NC Educator Evaluation System will lock down on this day to prepare for the opening of the 2012 – 2013 school year, which occurs in mid-July for year-round schools. Because of the need to prepare for the new school year, the system cannot remain open past July 9.

This extension will only be in effect for the 2011 – 2012 school year. The Department understands that the annual evaluation requirement for teachers is new this year, and extends the deadline to assist districts with meeting the new requirement.

To ensure that districts meet the annual requirement for all teachers, please take the following steps:
  1. Deactivate any personnel who no longer work in the district. Please also deactivate any teacher who will not receive a summary rating form, such as a teacher on maternity leave.
  2. Please ensure that the summary rating form has been signed. Only signed forms are considered complete. Forms with ratings selected that have not been signed are not counted in the final data.

There is a report in the tool that shows you the completed summary rating forms for your district or charter school. The screenshots that show you how to access this report can be accessed by using this link: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D6031773_9319420_720434.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following staff members:

Eliz Colbert: eliz.colbert@dpi.nc.gov; (919) 807-4037
Robert Sox: robert.sox@dpi.nc.gov; (919) 807-3278
Kim Simmons: kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov; (828) 406-9237
Jennifer Preston: jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov; (919) 807-4187

Free Webinar Opportunity
Revealing How Education Leaders Can Work Together on Common-Standards Implementation

Principals have a pivotal role to play in turning the common standards into good curriculum and instruction in their schools. They must learn about the new standards so they can oversee and guide teaching and help teachers assemble the right mix of instructional materials. They must know how to monitor teaching and learning and coordinate many other aspects of school life that will be affected by the common core. Join our guests to learn what resources are available to guide principals and district leaders as they embrace this important role.

Guests:

Tracey Lamb, principal, Fulton County High School, Hickman, Ky.

Steve Gering, chief leadership officer, Chicago Public Schools
This webinar will be moderated by Catherine Gewertz, assistant editor, Education Week

"Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from The Wallace Foundation"

Register now for this free live webinar.


Posted 1/24/12:
FREE Charlotte Holocaust Workshop: Your teachers are welcome to attend the Holocaust workshop in Charlotte on March 22. Download the registration form here: Registration Form for Charlotte Holocaust Workshop.doc. Please have them fill it out and email it to Linda Scher, Director, Holocaust Education Workshops, North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, North Carolina, Email: Brisket234@aol.com, Telephone: 919-781-2349. All can register on the same form. The workshop is from 8:30 to 4:00 and lunch is on your own. The workshop is free and sub pay is provided for all middle and high school public school teachers. The workshop provides .6 CEU credits.

PLAN Training Update – I have secured additional space at UNCC for the PLAN training. This allows each district to send 7 additional people. If you would like to register additional folks, please go to the registration link and register the second “team” of people. I will send out confirmation emails on or around February 2nd to all on the list as well as the person that registers the team. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about this.

Student Services Consultant at DPI – Several of you have asked who has been hired as the Student Services consultant for DPI. Linda Brannan has just come on board with Curriculum and Instruction and will be handling the guidance piece. Her email is linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov. She was just hired, so she doesn’t have a phone in her office yet.

Wireless 3D Training Opportunity for Principals - Please pass the following session opportunity on to the Reading 3D principals in your district. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wireless Generation are working together to provide administrator trainings your area. We have arranged “Taking Action with Data” sessions for elementary principals who are participating in the Governor’s “Ready, Set, Go” Reading 3D initiative. This training will bring administrators a deeper understanding for how 3D data is designed to inform classroom intervention instruction as well as the kinds of data-driven conversations to which administrators now have access. As school leaders always looking forward, this data session will help in planning for school-wide decisions that will impact even next school year including effectiveness of instruction and instructional resources, professional learning, and staffing needs, for example. The timeliness of this session for administrators will prove to be invaluable in creating a data-driven impact for the future. It is designed for principals who are familiar with basic Reading 3D data navigation and are interested in delving deeper into school-specific information. It is necessary to register to attend so that we can provide sufficient materials at each site. Follow the link below to register for the session most convenient for you: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dHVuQVp1MENmckVRazhpalN5aEJ1a1E6MQ#gid=0 Registration is limited to 30 participants so please be firm as you sign up to attend. We look forward to working with you. (Karla Casteen, Senior Education Consultant, Wireless Generation) If you have questions about this training, please contact Karla Casteen at karla.casteen@gmail.com. Thank you!

Siemens STEM Academy Offers Teachers Free Professional Development Opportunities for Summer 2012 - URL: http://siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showSTEMApplication&landing=1 The Siemens STEM Academy announces two professional development opportunities for middle and high school educators (those who teach a STEM subject in grades 6-12). These experiences are designed to bolster STEM learning and help participants develop skills that can be used in the classroom. See below for descriptions about these two all-expenses-paid programs:
(a) Siemens STEM Institute (July 29 - August 3, 2012) Do you want to learn new digital tools and technologies that can boost learning in the classroom? Do you want to engage with top STEM leaders and scientists and experience behind-the-scenes access of national STEM institutions? The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 middle and high school educators to attend a week at Discovery's world headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. Participating teachers will learn about hands-on STEM integration in the classroom, take field trips to leading institutions to observe real-world STEM applications at leading STEM institutions, and network and engage with STEM leaders and peers from across the nation.
(b) Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Have you ever wanted to be part of a scientific research team? Have you ever wanted to bring the excitement of authentic research into the classroom? STARs gives middle and high school STEM educators the opportunity to spend two weeks engaging with top scientists and researchers on short-term mentored research projects at one of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories. Twenty educators will be work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee (June 17-29, 2012), while another twenty will be work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington (July 8-20, 2012).
Visit http://siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showSTEMApplication&landing=1 for more information about these free professional development experiences. The deadline to apply is February 9. Please direct any questions to siemensstemacademy@discovery.com.

Posted 1/12/12:
NCCTM Spring Leadership Seminar-Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: This seminar will be held at the Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport on March 23, 2012 from 9:30am – 3:15pm. Registration fee is $60 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is March 16, 2012. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Cathy Seeley will focus on content in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) as well as assessment as it relates to the CCSSM. Those who attend will have a clearer understanding of how the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics will affect their teaching, their assessments, and their students. To register, go to www.ncctm.org and click on March 23 Spring Leadership Seminar under the calendar on the left side of the screen, then follow the directions.

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 net book 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. For more information, contact Kayla Siler, Kayla.Siler@dpi.nc.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. For more information, contact Tammy Howard, Tammy.Howard@dpi.nc.gov.


Posted 1/6/12:
Math Workshop for Beginning or Prospective Teachers
Please see the attached flyer for a workshop being held on February 18th for beginning math teachers. It only costs $10 if you register early! This will assist teachers with the new Common Core State Standards for Math. Mathematics-Using Tasks and Talk to Teach the CCSS-M.pdf

Educator Effectiveness Updates
NC DPI will be releasing monthly updates on the state’s educator effectiveness policies and progress. I will be posting these on my website under Teacher Effectiveness, as well as sending them to you in an update. I have attached the November issue. A late edition of the December update should be out in the next week or so. I have also attached an evaluation comparison chart (you may have seen it previously) as well as an Educator Effectiveness Top Ten List. These items are also posted on my wiki.


Posted 12/21/11:
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/.



Posted 12/14/11:
*What will Next Generation Assessments be Like? - Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in all North Carolina public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math and Science. 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 at 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 the new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf .

*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

Posted 12/13/11:
School of the Year – World Language
Application for the School of the year 2011.docx, nuevo-triptico10-11-2011-english.pdf
This message is being shared at the request of José Luis Palacios, Education Advisor to the Carolinas from the Office of Education of the Embassy of Spain. Please forward as needed.
Award for Academic Excellence: SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2011

This competition is organized by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the USA and is sponsored by the Santander Bank Shareholders in the USA in collaboration with Santillana, Anaya, the Cervantes Institute and the Comillas Foundation. The award is given to schools in the USA that show excellence in language education programs, especially CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) programs in English and Spanish. It is the second year that this competition is taking place and we encourage schools to participate.

For further information, visit http://www.educacion.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/escuela_a-o.html
José Luis Palacios Varga, Education Advisor. Embassy of Spain
Department of Public Instruction, 301 N, Wilmington Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-2825
E-mail jluis.palacios@educacion.es
Telephone 919 807 3913, Fax 919 807 3823



Posted 12/8/11:

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. IIS Webinar Flyer(1).pdf
MORE INFO: Eric Moore, Eric.Moore@dpi.nc.gov


Posted 12/6/11:
* NC to Help Develop Next Generation Science Standards - North Carolina recently became one of 26 states that will be working to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new standards will clearly define the science content and practices all students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. Other partners in this state-led effort are the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. Much like North Carolina’s work with the development of the Common Core State Standards, the 26 state partners involved with this effort will guide the standards writing process, gather and deliver feedback from state-level committees and come together to address common issues and challenges. Upon completion, each state can choose whether or not to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. A specific timeline for development, adoption and implementation of the new standards has not been set so teachers will still be expected to implement the Essential Standards in Science starting with the 2012-13 school year. For more information, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/ . We will keep you posted as this process evolves.

* CEU Literacy Component - Literacy applies to all educators including Student Service Personnel and is not meant to limit or restrict the renewal credit process.Students who are College and Career Ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language (located in the ELA Common Core State Standards, CCSS, page 7) defines and offers a portrait of a literate graduate. It is critical to note that although the description is taken from the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, they are applicable and taught to every student at every grade level, and all teachers and student service personnel share in the development of literate graduates. Skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language undergird and are prerequisites for all forms of 21st century literacy, including:
· Informational Literacy
· Media Literacy
· Information, Media, and Technology Literacy
· VisualLiteracy
· Civic Literacy
· Financial, Economic, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
· HealthLiteracy, and
· Environmental Literacy
If you have any questions, please email Eliz Colbert, eliz.colbert@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.


Posted 12/2/11:
*Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Module Released - The RBT module has now been released and can be accessed by visiting http://center.ncsu.edu/nc. You will log in with the username and password that you use to access all of the other modules, including NC FALCON. The approximate time to complete the module is 90 minutes, but offline activities may take longer to complete. 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.

*Special Information about 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

* PLAN Webinar and PowerPoint Online - Superintendents and appropriate central office staff who were unable to participate in the PLAN webinar held Nov. 9 and 10 or, who would just like to hear it again, can now access the PowerPoint and recorded webinar online at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability . Also available on this site are the North Carolina State Testing ACT & PLAN Implementation webinar (and PowerPoint slides) that was held Oct. 3. If you have any questions on PLAN or ACT implementation, please contact Tracey Greggs at Tracey.Greggs@dpi.nc.gov or 919/807-3836.

* “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. The 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 from State Superintendent June Atkinson is online at www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/point/2011/20111110

* 2012 Summer Institute Locations and Dates- The NCDPI is gearing up for the second year of Summer Institutes for each local Professional Development Leadership team. Please mark your calendars and begin thinking about summer planning in preparation for your teams to attend. This is a collaborative effort on the part of the agency and all leadership teams are expected to be in attendance as we implement our professional development plans. Information on Data Literacy, the NC Standard Course of Study, Instructional Technology Standards, and alignment with the NC Educator Evaluation System will be featured at these trainings. Registration information will launch in February but we wanted to publicize the following dates and locations early for planning purposes.

- Summer Institute 1: June 21-22, Enka High School (Buncombe County)

- Summer Institute 2: July 10-11, Maiden High School (Catawba County)

- Summer Institute 3: July 12-13, West Stokes High School (Stokes County)

- Summer Institute 4: July 17-18, Croatan High School (Carteret County)

- Summer Institute 5: July 19-20, JH Rose High School (Pitt County)

- Summer Institute 6: July 24-25, SanLee Middle School (Lee County)


Abbreviated Evaluation Option**
The online Teacher Evaluation Tool is being updated to allow for the abbreviated evaluation option. An announcement has been placed on the McREL landing page to communicate this pending change.
In the absence of available forms in the online tool, principals have been advised to proceed with abbreviated observations in the following manner:
  • Utilize the Teacher Observation Rubric
  • Rate only standards 1 and 4
  • Mark all other standards “not looked for”
Once the abbreviated form is fully functional online, principals will select the abbreviated option, and the rubric will be truncated to show only standards 1 and 4. The programmers are aware that abbreviated observations are currently being captured on full observation rubrics; so data will be transferred to the abbreviated form automatically, once the principal identifies the form as abbreviated.
There will be an announcement to alert educators when forms associated with the abbreviated evaluation process are fully functional. In the meantime, please proceed as noted above.

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: NCTest

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.


Next Generation of Assessments: Time Line for North Carolina
North Carolina is on track to achieve full online administration of assessments by 2014-15. The following time line outlines the steps that will take place each year to make this happen:
  • 2011‐12: Stand‐alone field testing of new assessments (Math, Science, ELA)
  • 2012‐13: Summative assessments aligned to CCSS (for ELA and Mathematics) and NC Essential Standards (for Science) will be administered operationally
  • 2014‐15: Expected assessments operational from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (shared between states) in ELA/Math 3‐8 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in 9 & 10) http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/.
MORE INFO: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/. And please send any questions to acre-feedback@dpi.nc.gov.