Public input needed on state education plan Oct. 24
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff has schedule a state public school meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Tuscola High School. The meeting will serve as a public comment session to receive feedback from educators, parents, students and other stakeholders on the state’s K-12 Education Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Public input will help guide the development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind.
ESSA continues to focus on accountability and student-level assessments for all students in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8; science assessments at least once in the elementary grades and at least once in the middle grades; college and career readiness in the high school grades; and accountability for all student groups.
States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.
The purpose of this second round of sessions is to provide opportunities for the public to make comments on the rough draft of the state’s plan, which will be posted on NCDPI’s ESSA website at www.dpi.state.nc.us/succeeds/.
Note that the state plan is a draft and does not contain answers to the many questions that must be answered before a final plan can be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in March 2017.
There are many placeholders throughout the draft document where additional information will be placed in the state plan after those decisions are made based on feedback that NCDPI receives over the next few months.