MESSAGES 2014 :: AUGUST 18,2014

AUGUST 18, 2014

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

In response to your request for additional information about the Pension Spiking issue, we are holding a webinar on Friday afternoon with an expert from the NC Treasurer's office to give us all key information on this. The log in and registration details for this webinar are listed in the second item, below.

I know this week is a very busy one as you prepare for the beginning of the traditional calendar school year, and I know that some of you have the added excitement of sending one of your own children off to college for the first time. I hope that transition goes well for your families and that your school districts' first few days go smoothly. It is always an exciting time for everyone, and no matter how many years I am in public education, the start of school is always a special time.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Upcoming Accountability Releases
  2. Webinar on Pension Spiking Scheduled
  3. Early Warning Reporting Systems
  4. NCVPS Registration Open
  5. Cooperative Innovative High School Programs' Applications Reminder
  6. Governor's Teacher Network Update
  7. NC Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet
  8. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

Upcoming Accountability Releases

The Department's Accountability Services' staff will release end-of-grade proficiency, end-of-course proficiency/high school indicators, academic growth and the graduation rate at the State Board's Sept. 4 meeting. Read to Achieve results will be presented to Board members at their Oct. 2 meeting; and School Performance Grades will be released at the Board's Feb. 5, 2015 meeting in compliance with current state law.

Webinar on Pension Spiking Scheduled

Superintendents may want to participate in a webinar on Pension Spiking. The webinar will be held this Friday, Aug. 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. To register, please visit

Early Warning Reporting Systems

Determining when students enter the "at risk zone" can often be challenging. The At Risk Report available in Home Base provides North Carolina schools and districts the capacity to design early warning reports with research-based, locally-selected risk indicators. The report delivers a listing of courses, sections and grades associated with students currently at risk of failing for the current term. This information allows administrators, student support staff and teachers to take a proactive approach prior to the end of term and ensures student accountability. Access to report programming and execution is determined by local district administration. Visit for step-by-step instructions on how to access and execute the At Risk report.

NCVPS Registration Open

NCVPS registration is in full swing. Districts and schools are currently registering about 3,000 students a week. NCVPS Early Calendar classes have already started, and its traditional calendar classes begin on Aug. 26. Registration will remain open through Sept. 9. Credit recovery registration will continue into October. NCVPS staff would like to thank every district and charter school for their tremendous participation! For information on available courses, please visit

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs' Applications Reminder

Applications for new Cooperative Innovative Schools are due Oct. 1. The application is available online at If you have any questions, please contract Rebecca Garland at or 919.807.3305. Please note that Rob Hines who handled cooperative innovative issues and LEA concerns including Career College Promise has left the department for a new career opportunity with the College Foundation.

Governor's Teacher Network Update

Please remember to highlight the Governor's Teacher Network (GTN) candidates selected in your districts and schools as they begin the school year doing this exciting work to improve teaching and learning across the state! With limited funding, 450 teachers were selected to create instructional resources and develop professional development, which will be located in Home Base. Please allow your GTN teachers to share the focus of their work (at the school and district level) so administrators and colleagues are aware and can be updated on project progress. For an overview of the GTN Initiative, please visit Feel free to share this at a staff meeting prior to introducing your teachers and their projects.

NC Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet

The NC Driver Education Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Agenda items include the Driver Education Consultant Report, the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division presentation, the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education Technical Assistance Team, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration State Driver Education Assessment, and the State Board of Education's Driver Education Policy. The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen, please visit and click on the Live Audio Stream link to the upper right.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The Aug. 15 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: Confirmation of Funds for Annual Financial Statement Audits by CPA Firms, 2014-15 Salary Schedules and Salary Calculator, Substitute Teacher Rates, Prior-Year Held Harmless Salaries, Frequently Asked Questions Document – Salary/Longevity Related, Prorated Longevity for Employees Whose 10th Year Anniversary is in 2014, FY 2014 – 13th Month MFR File – Reminder (LEAs), Driver Training Coding, Panic Alarm Grants and School Bus Stop Arm Cameras. To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.