MESSAGES 2015 :: MARCH 23, 2015

MARCH 23, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Mar. 23, 2015

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Doing the right thing is not always rewarded, as all of us know, and raising North Carolina's proficiency standards was a difficult step to take especially at a time when the first school proficiency grades were scheduled to begin in 2013-14. The following report from Education Next gives North Carolina credit for stepping up and raising standards in mathematics and reading. Our state's standards moved from a C- to an A by this group's measures from 2011 to 2013. This aligns North Carolina nicely with the National Assessment of Educational Progress standards, considered to be quite rigorous. See more about how each state has set its standards at

Also, thanks for attending the Superintendents' Quarterly meeting last week where discussion items included kindergarten assessment, the wireless infrastructure initiative, and the next generation of testing. As a reminder, the handouts for this meeting are available online at under the Quarterly Meetings link to the left.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

March 19, 2015
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House Bill 1060
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March 19 Home Base RttT Update
(pdf, 549kb)

Military Memo
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Military Reporting Sample Letter
(pdf, 96kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Military Student Identifier
  2. NCVPS Summer Registration Opens March 30
  3. Governor's Teacher Network: Teacher Leaders Share Research Across NC

Military Student Identifier

Military Student Identifier, Session Law 2014-15 (HB1060), requires an annual data collection of military-connected students. PowerSchool has new functionality to capture these connections as they are collected in your LEA. Please see the attached sample collection letter and information on the new law. If you have any questions, please contact Doug Taggart at

NCVPS Summer Registration Opens March 30

Registration for NCVPS summer classes opens March 30. Here are the details:

  • Visit to view the NCVPS summer catalog.
  • Allotments for summer enrollments are part of your 2015-16 allotment totals.
  • Districts need to identify summer contacts. NCVPS staff survey districts for school contact information.
  • Summer classes begin June 15 and end Aug. 7.
Please visit the NCVPS Summer 2015 web page at for more details.

Governor's Teacher Network: Teacher Leaders Share Research Across NC

The 425 outstanding North Carolina public school teachers in the Governor's Teacher Network (GTN) are deep in curriculum study, writing and implementing action research at their school sites. These teachers are creating exceptional instructional unit sequences, which will be hosted in Schoolnet. Additionally, GTN teachers are presenting action research projects regionally and nationally. Action research projects will live in the professional development system of Home Base as online modules. Districts are hosting GTN showcases in regional meetings and several teachers are sharing their project work and learnings at the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement in Greensboro March 29-April 2. Teachers also have an exciting opportunity to present their action research findings to educational leaders at NCCAT in Cullowhee for the GTN Research Symposium May 1-3. This is a great opportunity for educators across the state to learn from our teacher leaders in the field, sharing their cutting edge research findings. For more information, contact Angela Jackson,, director of the Governor's Teacher Network.