MESSAGES 2015 :: JANUARY 26, 2015

JANUARY 26, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

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Over the weekend, I saw a number of news reports from across the state indicating that you have begun the process of explaining the 2013-14 School Performance Grades to your communities. The stories I have read and seen did a good job of relaying your concerns about the limitations of a single grade weighted heavily toward student performance and less heavily toward student growth. Thank you for the work your teams and you are doing to prepare your communities for this first set of grades. I am reminded in thinking about this that while a grade can't possibly reflect all of the things happening in a school likewise, we should remember that a student is more than a single grade as well. We have prepared a background brief and FAQ to help you communicate with your communities. You can access these materials online at under "Highlights."

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Jan. 22, 2015
(doc, 83kb)

HB Update
(pdf, 458kb)

Principal READY Agenda Spring 2015
(pdf, 29kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Support Services Survey Deadline is Wednesday
  2. Legislative Webinar Reminder
  3. NCFE/ASW Waivers
  4. School Performance Grades Communications Materials Online
  5. Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Weldon City Schools
  6. NCVPS and Student Contact Info
  7. Spring Principals READY Meeting Agenda
  8. Raleigh Future Ready Regional Summit
  9. Register Now for Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

Support Services Survey Deadline is Wednesday

The deadline to participate in the Support Services Survey has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 28. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) asked the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to gather information about how the department currently provides support and how NCDPI can better assist with instructional and other services to meet your district's needs. Thank you to those of you who have completed the survey. To those of you who have not, we would appreciate you taking a moment and doing so. It should take no more than 10 minutes. The survey links are as follows:

Legislative Webinar Reminder

As a reminder, the next Legislative Update webinar will be held this Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. To register, please visit Once registered, you will receive an email with participation instructions.

NCFE/ASW Waivers

The State Board of Education has directed the NCDPI to follow standard practice when presenting NCFE/ASW waivers for approval. Standard practice means that waiver requests will be presented for discussion in one month and then action at the following month's Board meeting. Any district planning to submit an NCFE/ASW waiver request for the 2014-15 school year should be advised that March 18 is the deadline to have waiver requests approved at the May State Board of Education meeting. Please contact Tom Tomberlin at

School Performance Grades Communications Materials Online

The School Performance Grades Background Brief and FAQ are now online. You can access the link to these documents under Highlights on the NCDPI home page, Also, a draft letter principals may modify and use to notify parents that their child's school received a D or F letter grade has been posted on TNN. We are getting the letter translated into Spanish and will post this on TNN when it is ready. Principals will not be able to use the translated version as is because the draft letter requires principals to add information before sending to parents.

Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Weldon City Schools

The Weldon City Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system in its continuing pursuit of excellence. Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a North Carolina superintendent license. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The individual chosen will be required to live in the Weldon City School District. The application deadline is March 18. An electronic version of the application is available by going to the N.C. School Board Association's website at and clicking on the appropriate link. Inquiries and requests for applications also can be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, PO Box 97877, Raleigh NC 27624-7877, telephone 919.841.4040, fax 919.841.4020, e-mail All inquiries will be kept confidential.

NCVPS and Student Contact Info

Please be aware that the North Carolina Virtual Public School is not yet integrated into PowerSchool. As such, it is critical for your school e-learning advisors when registering students for online courses to include all student contact information. Our teachers must have phone and email contact information for each enrolled student. If this information is not included, NCVPS teachers would have to contact your schools to retrieve that data. We would appreciate your assistance in informing your e-learning advisors of this critical need.

Spring Principals READY Meeting Agenda

Please find attached the agenda for the Spring Principal READY meetings, which focus on School Executive and Professional Teaching Standards. Interactive sessions will address EVAAS, the NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey and Universal Design for Learning. Your principals may register online at

Raleigh Future Ready Regional Summit

The U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education would like to extend an invitation to local superintendents and their district leadership team to participate in the Raleigh Future Ready Regional Summit. The summit will be held Feb. 11-12 at NC State's Friday Institute in Raleigh. The summit is the next phase of the President's ConnectED Initiative, where senior leaders from across North Carolina will join with leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and nationally recognized experts to work together to develop and extend strategies for transforming learning with the power of digital tools and resources. Space is limited and there is no cost to attend. Also, funding is available to reimburse some or all travel expense for districts with demonstrated need, so register today! For more information on the Future Ready Regional Summit visit

Register Now for Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

Online registration is now open for the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement, "Champions Engaging North Carolina in 21st Century Teaching and Leaning." The conference will be held March 30-April 1 at the Sheraton Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center, Greensboro. Event details, including registration, are available at