Wednesday , 21 February 2018
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NCDPI Seeks Feedback on Common Core State Standards

Common-Core-HdrAccording to the NCDPI website, NC public school parents and community members are invited to go online and give their feedback on the standards for English language arts and mathematics instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The NC Department of Public Instruction has launched an online survey for parents and community members to provide feedback on the standards currently in place for students. The survey is at here, and will remain available until April 30.

Once on the site, survey participants select English language arts or mathematics and also the grade level for which they would like to answer the survey. Participants are encouraged to take the survey more than once to provide feedback on both subject areas and to cover all grades for which they have feedback. Although the survey respondents are anonymous, the survey does ask respondents to indicate their role: parent, community member, business and industry professional, state agency partner or higher education faculty and whether or not they have children in public school in North Carolina.

North Carolina is in the third year of implementation for its current Standard Course of Study and is at the initial stage of reviewing standards in English language arts and mathematics. Standards are typically reviewed for changes approximately every five years in each subject.

“Parents know first hand the impact that standards have on student learning and the importance of having clear, rigorous and reasonable standards.  Community/Business stakeholders care deeply about preparing our students for careers and college,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “We need to hear from parents and the broader community as we move forward with reviews of our content standards to make sure that standards help students reach high goals and prepare for the future.”

In North Carolina, the State Board of Education approves the state’s Standard Course of Study, which provides content standards that describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of a grade level or course. Local teachers and administrators make the final decisions about which curriculum materials, reading assignments and other student assignments are used in local classrooms to assist students in meeting the standards.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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