COMPONENTS AND COST
Home Base includes certain tools that the NCDPI is requiring all school districts to use. Required tools are PowerSchool, the student information system that is replacing NC WISE; Test Nav for summative assessment (in 2014-15); and the new tool from Truenorthlogic for educator evaluation. These tools will be provided free of charge to districts.
In addition to the required tools, Home Base includes many optional tools. The optional package includes Schoolnet instructional and assessment tools plus OpenClass, which is a basic and freely available Learning Management System (LMS) that offers tools for classroom collaboration. Initial content for the core instructional improvement system includes:
- NCDPI, LEA and licensed instructional content (e.g. instructional exercises, videos, lesson plans and unit plans) as well as Open Education Resources (OER) that have been vetted to ensure alignment to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
- NCDPI, LEA and licensed assessment items to deliver benchmark and classroom assessments in Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies.
JULY 2014 DEADLINE: The NCDPI will be asking LEAs for a decision to opt-in by July 15, 2014, for the 2014-15 year at an opt-in cost of $4 per student, which is a significant savings thanks to statewide buying power.
Components and Costs
List of required and opt-in Home Base components and any associated costs