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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14

NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

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PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON HIGH SCHOOL ACCREDITATION FRAMEWORK AND
READ TO ACHIEVE PROGRAM

State Board of Education staff have scheduled two public hearings to receive feedback on the High School Accreditation Framework and the NC General Assembly's Read to Achieve Program.

The High School Accreditation Framework public hearing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 1-3 p.m., in the 7th Floor State Board Lounge, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Session Law 2011-306 gave the State Board of Education the authority to accredit North Carolina high schools upon the request of a local board of education. The public may comment on the proposed framework for high school accreditation, which includes the school's performance composite and other indicators such as the cohort graduation rate and post-secondary readiness measures.

The NC General Assembly's Read to Achieve Program public hearing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, also from 1-3 p.m., in the 7th Floor State Board Lounge of the Education Building. At this hearing, the public may comment on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's notification of local school districts and charter schools regarding their requirement to implement the Read to Achieve Program and the Read to Achieve test as the alternative assessment to the third grade end-of-grade reading test.

The Report to the General Assembly on High School Accreditation is online at eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=11094&MID=767. The public hearing notice with the proposed rule change is available at stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/rules-apa (click on Public Hearings to the left then the appropriate link under High School Accreditation).

The North Carolina Read to Achieve: A Guide to Implementing House Bill 950/S.L. 2012-142 Section 7A is online at eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=12267&MID=804. The public hearing notice with the proposed rule change is available at stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/rules-apa (click on Public Hearings to the left then the appropriate link under NC General Assembly's Read to Achieve).

Comments regarding these two rule changes also may be submitted to the attention of Lou Martin, State Board of Education, 6302 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6302; by e-mail, Lou.Martin@dpi.nc.gov; or by fax, 919.807.3198. The deadline to submit comments for both is 5 p.m., Nov. 15.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 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 Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.