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Policy Initiative on Teachers of Students Who Are Not At Grade Level

  1. Anticipated Outcomes
    To assure academic proficiency among students who are performing below grade level by providing them instruction from high-performing teachers with clear licenses.

  2. Implementation
    It is essential that students who have not achieved grade-level proficiency be taught by capable teachers. Policy language will be developed to assure that, effective with the 2005-06 school year, an elementary or middle school that is the beneficiary of resources for recruitment/retention bonuses, funds to underwrite high quality Personal Education Plans, and the resources associated with the other strategies described herein, shall provide any student who is not performing at grade level instruction in core contents by a high-performing teacher with a clear license. The ABCs of Public Education, the Student Accountability Standards, and the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accountability goals emphasize the importance of students reaching grade-level proficiency. Parents and children themselves obviously have an even deeper interest in academic success. With the academic progress realized in recent years, the remaining students not at grade level present serious and specific learning challenges. However, there is encouraging news—preliminary estimates of the 2003-04 ABCs performance results suggest that the proportion of students in this category will be reduced further. Following summer remediation and additional testing opportunities in the gateway grades (3, 5, and 8), it is estimated that the proportion of North Carolina's elementary and middle schools performing below grade level will be less than 10%. Equipped with the additional resources described in this letter, an LEA should be able to assure that the most vulnerable students in its schools have access to capable teachers.

  3. Projected Additional Costs: None anticipated.

Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina Letter

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.