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New EVAAS and VAM Resources from DPI

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently provided new EVAAS and Value-Added Modeling (VAM) resources to LEAs. The resource 2013 EVAAS Changes document outlines the changes to the EVAAS reporting for the 2012-13 school year.  It highlights new reports that are now available on the web reporting platform, as well as changes to the teacher reports. The second resource ... Read More »

What is Student Engagement?

Schlecty’s book Engaging Students describes students in the classroom into categories including engagement, strategic compliance, ritual compliance, retreatism, and rebellion.  During the administrative walk-thru’s, the administrators will be observing in your classrooms to determine where your students fall within these categories.  Please take the time to read through the categories to determine where your students may be when it comes ... Read More »

Read to Achieve Update

Read to Achieve Update On Monday, December 2, the portfolio passages will be posted on the secure TNN site for the Testing Coordinators to access.  The hard copies for each school will be shipped to the Central Office Testing Coordinator in mid December for distribution to the schools.  Teachers may begin administering passages on January 6, 2014. Q & A ... Read More »

Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency

During a recent webinar, Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency were discussed.  Below you will find some important key notes from the webinar. According to NCTM, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, computational fluency refers to having efficient and accurate methods for computing. Students exhibit computational fluency when they demonstrate flexibility in the computational methods they choose, understand and can ... Read More »

Strategies for Developing Mathematical Understanding

Making Math Accessible for All Students was a topic discussed in a webinar that fits our thinking about mathematics.  One strategy used to make mathematics accessible to students with learning difficulties is the Concrete-Representational-Abstract instructional sequence, also referenced as CRA. This is a research-based strategy with the purpose of ensuring that students truly have a thorough understanding of the math concepts/skills they are learning. When students who have math learning problems ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed for SBAC Alignment Study

The Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), on behalf of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, is conducting a series of Alignment Study workshops throughout March 2014. Currently licensed English Language Arts and Mathematics educators in grades 3–8 and high school who have NOT participated in previous Smarter Balanced item development or review workshops are encouraged to apply. The purpose of these workshops is to study the alignment ... Read More »

Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement Registration Information

Registration is open for the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement at the Koury Center in Greensboro March 3-5, 2014. The program will feature a range of sessions on powerful topics related to the conference theme “Engaging North Carolina in Transforming 21st Century Teaching and Learning.” Conference registration provides admittance to all sessions, a reception and two luncheons. For more information, visit ... Read More »

Newton-Conover 8th Graders Attend STEM Tour

Newton-Conover Middle School eighth-graders along with their principal, teachers, and other staff, attended an Extreme STEM Tour on November 14.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The tour, coordinated by Tracy Hall, Catawba Valley Community College, and the Education Matters initiative, is an opportunity for students to visit businesses and industry that are rich ... Read More »

Century Link Mini-Grants: Teachers and Technology

          Century Link is offering mini-grants designed to help teachers innovatively use technology in their classroom that will increase student achievement.  Century Link will consider grant applications up to $5000.  Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2014.  This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to be creative and obtain technology to use with their students. ... Read More »

State Releases Goal Summary Reports to Districts

One of the most challenging aspects of having new standards and new assessments is understanding how much each standard is weighted on that assessment.  When revising instructional guides and pacing, teachers benefit from allocating the appropriate amount of time to each concept.  To review the breakdown of standards on each state assessment, click here. Read More »