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September 24, 2012: NC School Counselor Association Annual Fall Conference


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July 17, 2012: Additional Guidance Support Tools Added to ACRE Webpage

New support tools have been added to the Guidance Essential Standards section on the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) website. The tools include assessment prototypes for Early/Early Emergent, Early Independent, Independent, Progressing and Readiness/Exploratory/Discovery. To review or download the new Guidance support tools, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/.


June 18, 2012: Unpacking Standards for Guidance Now Online

Unpacking Standards for the Guidance Essential Standard Support Tools have been added to the ACRE website. The new material includes standards for Early Independent, Early Emergent/Emergent, Independent, Progressing and Readiness/Exploratory/Discovery. Unpacking standards are documents for educators that define the skills students must master to accomplish specific goals. The documents list the essential standards for each grade level and subject, and provide detailed examples on how to teach a standard. To access the standards, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/#essunpacking.


May 18, 2012: DPI Seeks Contact Information for District-Level Guidance Support Contact Person

The NC Department of Public Instruction is attempting to compile a listserv of the best contact person who supervises the school counselors at the Central Office/District Office level for each school district. There are key pieces of information that school counselors need in order to implement the Guidance Essential Standards, implement the Career and College Promise program and new legislation regarding students of Military families. Therefore, we need a centralized person in each district to ensure consistent distribution. Please send the person’s name, position and all forms of contact (address, phone, email) to Linda Brannan at linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov.


May 15, 2012: June 1 is Deadline to Request Additional NCVPS Enrollments

Superintendents are reminded that you may request additional NCVPS enrollments if the current Financial and Business Services’ allotments will not cover anticipated enrollments. Superintendents or their designees wanting to request additional enrollments should complete the online form (https://docs.google.com/a/ncpublicschools.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEI2eGRKYWxMMmN3enBiSmhPSFhlNVE6MQ) byJune 1. The link to this form also will be available on the NCVPS website (www.ncvps.org) under the Educators tab. NCVPS will communicate to schools that all requests for additional enrollments should be directed to the central office e-Learning Coordinator.

April 18, 2012: Honors Level Course Rubric Revision


Honors Level Course Rubric Revision

The NC Department of Public Instruction is in the process of revising the Honors Level Course Rubric that will serve as the foundation for the revision of the Honors Level Course Implementation Guide. This revision is to assure that the development and implementation of honors level courses is aligned with the new NC Standard Course of Study that includes the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts & Literacy and the NC Essential Standards for other subject areas. We believe that educators will offer ways that this document may be improved and made even more useful.
The document can be found on the NCDPI School Counseling Wikispace, at http://schoolcounseling.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/School+Counseling.

Please take a moment to review this document and offer feedback to us. Please send your feedback to feedback@dpi.nc.gov by Friday, April 27. All input will be used to refine this tool.
MORE INFO: Linda Brannan, linda.brannan@dpi.nc.gov


AP Test Fee Grant Update and NCVPS Registration Update

* AP Test Fee Grant Update - The USED just notified the NCDPI that they have increased the funds available for test fee assistance for low-income students so that all eligible low-income students will receive FULL funding for AP/IB tests. There will no longer be an anticipated $15 test fee/exam, up to three exams, for students. There will no longer be a cap for only three test fees. This is very exciting news for NC students! USED will be asking for new grant submissions from state agencies in the next two weeks; the grant the Department submitted two weeks ago will have to be re-done. DPI will work with district-level AP/IB coordinators to redo the grant documentation and ensure that we have notified all high schools and their students of these changes. Please contact Sneha Shah-Coltrane, firector of Gifted Education and Advanced Programs, at sneha.shahcoltrane@dpi.nc.gov with any questions or comments.


* NCVPS Registration Update - NCVPS registration for the 2012-13 school year (both terms) opened on Friday, March 30. The number of enrollments available to each LEA or charter school will be determined by the NCDPI’s Financial and Business Services using a statistical projection. This projection will not be final until June 1. Staff have shared preliminary enrollment projections with school districts. LEAs and charter schools may request additional enrollments. Superintendents or their designees must complete an online form available athttps://docs.google.com/a/ncpublicschools.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEI2eGRKYWxMMmN3enBiSmhPSFhlNVE6MQ by June 1 to request additional enrollments. In addition, beginning April 19, districts will be able to view their allotment running totals within the NCVPS registration system. More information on how to view this information will be sent out next week with a link for additional information and resources.


April 3, 2012: NCVPS Registration Now Open

NCVPS registration for the 2012-13 school year is now open. The number of enrollments available to each LEA or charter school will soon be determined by NCDPI’s Financial and Business Services using a statistical projection. This projection will not be final until June 1. We can however, share preliminary enrollment projections with school districts now. Projections for school districts and charter schools have been emailed to your central office distance learning coordinator. Please note that fall and spring (block) are combined.
LEAs and charter schools may request additional enrollments by completing an online form available athttps://docs.google.com/a/ncpublicschools.gov/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEI2eGRKYWxMMmN3enBiSmhPSFhlNVE6MQ by June 1. The link to this form also will be available on the NCVPS website (www.ncvps.org) under the Educators tab. NCVPS will communicate to schools that all requests for additional enrollments should be directed to the central office e-Learning Coordinator.
Legislation provides an enrollment reserve but, as noted this year, it does not guarantee that needed enrollments will be available for students. Requesting additional enrollments before June 1 is the best way to ensure that your LEA or charter school will be able to enroll students as needed. Additional enrollments will be added to your projection and enrollment balance.
LEAs and charter schools will be able to track their enrollment balance in the NCVPS registration system beginning in May. If you have further questions, please contact Ross White at ross.white@ncpublicschools.gov.

March 27, 2012: ACT/NC Curriculum Match

North Carolina Match.March 2012.pdf

North Carolina Supp.March 2012[1].pdf


March 21, 2012: New FAFSA Tools Helps School Counselors Track Completion Rates


The U.S. Department of Education has released a new tool that will help high school counselors and school leaders by giving them a resource to monitor Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completions and better help students access higher education. School officials can now track FAFSA submission and completion statistics at individual high schools on the FAFSA Completion website at http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/datacenter/fafsahs.html . Access to this information will help counselors ensure that students are filling out the FAFSA and therefore are able to determine their eligibility for federal student aid – a key factor in families’ college decisions. Through the FAFSA Completion Tool, which will be updated every two weeks, school officials can determine their school-wide FAFSA completion rate by comparing the number provided by the FAFSA Completion Tool with the number of seniors in their high school.


Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors


High school seniors may want to participate in CompareCards.com $1,000 Student Scholarship Essay Contest. To participate, students must be graduating high school seniors, or freshman or sophomores in college and between the ages of 16 and 21. Eligible contestants may enter by submitting a 500 to 1,000 word essay answering one of these important financial questions:

1. What is the positive impact that debt can have on a student? Is there a positive impact?

2. If you are awarded this scholarship, what will you do as a student do to be financially responsible in college?

The winner will be selected based on who has written the essay that is most compelling and beneficial for other students to read. Essays must be sumitted to Chris Mettler at chris@comparecards.com with student’s name, birth date and "CompareCards.com Scholarship" included in the email title. Please mention your current high school in the body of the email. The deadline for submission is May 29 and the contest winner will be announced June 1. Contest details are available online at www.comparecards.com/about/credit-cards-scholarship .


February 28, 2012: Guidance and Counseling Resources Added to Essential Standards Support Page



Information includes material for Career & College Promise program, frequently asked questions regarding the Career & College Promise program and links to professional associations and organizations. Please visithttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/support-tools/ to view the new section.

January 20, 2012: Wake County Public Schools Creates CCSS/NCES Documents for Parents


(Disclaimer! -- In Science, this document says "Strands" but should be "Domains."

December 10, 2011: Career and College Promise Website Launched


The Career & College Promise website highlights a new program launched through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and a number of independent colleges and universities. The goal of the program is to help eligible high school students earn college credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families. To learn more the program including eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ccpromise/.

December 7, 2011: Career and College Promise Overview


December 6, 2011: Career and College Promise - Moving "Ready" Students through the Educational System


North Carolina Essential Standards

Guidance (approved by the SBE September 2011)


Guidance Standards: North Carolina Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (NCRBT)
Preamble and Introduction
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/preamble-intro.pdf

EARLY EMERGENT/EMERGENT (EEE)
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/early-emergent.pdf
EARLY INDEPENDENT (EI)
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/early-independent.pdf
PROGRESSING (P)
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/progressing.pdf
INDEPENDENT (I)
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/independent.pdf
READINESS/EXPLORATORY/DISCOVERY (RED)
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/guidance/readiness-discovery.pdf

Evaluation - Current timeline is as follows:

2011-12 - Development by McREL
Spring 2012 - Field testing in NC
2012-13 - Pilot and validation studies
2013-14 Implementation (pending NCSBE approval)

December 5, 2011: The Forum

The Public School Forum of NC is a not for profit policy think tank which is a partnership of business leaders, education leaders, and government leaders in North Carolina. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Forum has evolved into an organization that has made a significant contribution to schools across North Carolina.

Check out their Friday message each week: www.ncforum.org

November 18, 2011

TNN Updates from 11/15

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November 18, 2011

Link to ACT / PLAN / WorkKeys Webinars

http://www.act.org/aap/northcarolina/

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