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Hoke County LEA Assistance Program (LEAAP) Model Applied In A Similar School District

Step 1: District selected based upon established criteria, including student performance, poverty, and teacher turnover.

Step 2: LEA Assistance Program (LEAAP) assessment team assigned to district. Working with district leaders, an assessment takes place using the process developed by LEAAP teams working in Hoke County, Weldon City, Edgecombe County, Bertie County, Hertford County and Northhampton County.

Step 3: Based on the assessment, strategies from the list described in the Hoke County model will be chosen consistent with the conclusions reached by the LEAAP assessment team and district level leadership. These strategies may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Establishing a recruitment annuity (bonus) for teachers at hard-to-staff schools; this strategy will be implemented based upon funds available for this purpose;
  • Secure administrative training;
  • Establish a lateral entry coordinator for the district;
  • Establish a Project Achieve director;
  • Establish a professional development specialist for the district;
  • Continue financial consultation with district level leadership;
  • Work with district leadership to develop, from their district level plan, a concise, inspiring, and easily understood document identifying the vision, priorities and student performance targets for the district.
  • Assist through additional efforts. These efforts will include providing resources, to the extent funded by the legislature, and guidance to implement high quality, well-designed Personal Education Plans (PEPs) for poor, low-achieving students. The additional efforts may also include a proposed new policy requiring that any child not performing at grade level be taught by a high-performing teacher with a clear license; and
  • Other strategies which may be tailored to the unique needs of the LEA.

Step 4: The strategies chosen will be implemented. Technical assistance and support will be provided by the LEAAP team and the School Improvement Division of the Department of Public Instruction.

Step 5: The strategies implemented will be evaluated on an ongoing basis for their impact upon student proficiency.

Resources: Allotments to implement the strategies will come from the appropriations secured from the General Assembly in response to the State Board of Education expansion request for disadvantaged student supplemental funding. Depending on the size and needs of each LEA, some of the strategies may be implemented on a larger or smaller scale than those described in the Hoke County model. The greater the appropriation, the larger the number of LEAs that can be assisted.

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

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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.

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