MESSAGES 2015 :: MAY 18, 2015

MAY 18, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, May 18, 2015

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It was good to have the majority of you participate in Friday's Legislative webinar where Legislative Director Rachel Beaulieu presented the highlights of the House budget. While the state's budget is still a work in progress, the details presented so far offer hope that lawmakers will address some of our most critical needs. It is important to continue paying close attention as negotiations unfold with the Senate and as we move toward a final budget. We will keep you informed as we learn more about potential salary changes and other items that have yet to be revealed. We encourage you to stay in contact with your lawmakers about priorities to improve public schools.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

May 14, 2015
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HB Update
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May 14, 2015 NCDPI Web Highlights
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In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. Changes Coming to mClass:Reading 3D Written Response
  2. Required Kindergarten Entry Assessment begins in 2015-16
  3. Tracking and Reporting the Global Languages Endorsement
  4. Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet
  5. Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools
  6. Finance Officers' Newsletter Online
  7. Summer Opportunities 2015: Facilitated Online Courses

Changes Coming to mClass:Reading 3D Written Response

As a result of collaborative conversations held with teachers statewide and the state's periodic review process, DPI staff have made adjustments to refine the alignment of the mClass:Reading 3Dā„¢ Written Response to Text with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. These materials include continued alignment to our state standards, updated questions anchored in the standards, refined scoring rubrics, and enhanced exemplars for teachers to use as a guide. Announcements will be sent to central office contacts and elementary principals this week including instructions on the disposal of the current written response materials. The new materials, including a video introducing teachers to these materials, will be available to all schools by mid-June for implementation in the 2015-16 school year. Questions may be directed to Carolyn Guthrie at

Required Kindergarten Entry Assessment begins in 2015-16

In the first 60 days of the upcoming 2015-16 school year, the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) process will be implemented by all school districts for the first time. KEA implementation fulfills the mandate of the state legislature that the State Board of Education ensure every kindergartner be assessed at school entry in the 2015-16 school year utilizing a state-wide process.

In this initial deployment year, the KEA is comprised of two constructs: Object Counting and Book Orientation & Print Awareness. Districts also should be aware that additional constructs in the developmental domains of Approaches to Learning, Emotional and Social Development, Health and Physical Development, Cognitive Development, and Language Development and Communication have been completed. These also will be available for use in 2015-16. Kindergarten teachers have the option to explore and learn more about them in the coming school year.

Communication to kindergarten teachers, principals and district administrators providing detailed information including key how-to's on accessing the KEA digital platform, timelines, and answers to frequently asked questions will be sent from the Office of Early Learning beginning this week.

Further information and key documentation on the KEA and these additional constructs can be found on the K-3 Formative Assessment Process Live Binder at

Tracking and Reporting the Global Languages Endorsement

The 2014-15 interim solution for tracking and reporting the High School Diploma Global Languages Endorsement (GLE) has been completed and is available in Power School at

Driver Education Advisory Committee to Meet

The Driver Education Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, May 19, from 11 a.m. ā€“ 2 p.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, Raleigh. Agenda items include a review of the NC Driver Education Assessment and Driver Education Strategic Plan. The full agenda is attached. The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend. To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at

Superintendent Vacancy Announced: Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District 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 Roanoke Rapids Graded School District. The application deadline is July 8. 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.

Finance Officers' Newsletter Online

The May 15 edition of the Finance Officers' newsletter is online and contains the following items: PRC 160 ā€“ RttT Wireless Infrastructure and April 2015 Monthly Financial Reports ā€“ MFR (LEAs). To read more, please go to the NCDPI's Financial and Business Services Web site at and click on Resources, then Newsletters.

Summer Opportunities 2015: Facilitated Online Courses

As a reminder, a list of facilitated online courses offered this summer is noted below. Registration opens June 1. Courses start June 22. For a full description of the courses and associated CEUs visit

  • Digital Literacies in the Classroom (seven weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 1 (five weeks) 0.5 CEU
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 2 (seven weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Introduction to Data Literacy (five weeks) 1 CEU
  • Data Literacy in Action (six weeks) 1.5 CEU
  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (four weeks) 1 CEU
  • Universal Design for Learning: Part 2 (four weeks) 1 CEU
  • Connecting with our 21st Century Learners (five weeks) 1 CEU
  • North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (six weeks) 2 CEUs
  • Building and sustaining PD (six weeks) 1 CEU
  • Responsibilities of the 21st Century Educator (seven weeks) 1 CEU

These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Registration is limited to 35 participants per course. To register, follow the instructions below to log into Home Base to self-register for a course.

Contact Geetanjali Soni at if you have any questions.