In this update:
  • Important Dates
  • Phase II ITES Training
  • PRC 15 Update
  • IIS Update
  • PowerSchool to replace NCWISE
  • MSL –Measures of Student Learning
  • Assessment FAQs

Important Dates: Mark your Calendars!

September- October- Face 2 Face Media/Tech Meetings. Register for a date at

October 1, 2012 - Region 1 Phase II ITES Training- Data Literacy- Perquimans County HS Media Center
October 9, 2012 - Region 1 Erate Training and Technology/Media Directors’ Meeting.
During the Erate training, I will be giving a Media/Tech Update. This meeting will serve as our first Director’s meeting! Please plan to attend either the morning or afternoon session.

October 4-6, 2012 – NCSLMA Conference Benton Convention Center – Winston Salem

November Vendor Luncheon Meetings – Date, Time and Place – TBD

December 3, 2012 – READY Meeting – Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston – 2 Sessions

February 15, 2013- Region 1 Media/Tech Directors’ Meeting- Place - TBD

March 6-8, 2013NCTIES Conference – Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh
March 15, 2013 - Region 1 Phase II ITES Training- TPACK- KE White Center, ECSU
March 25-27, 2013 – CCSA Conference – Koury Convention Center, Greensboro

April 2013 – Phase II ITES Training – Digital Literacy – TBD

May 10, 2013 - Region 1 Media/Tech Directors’ Meeting – Place - TBD

Phase II ITES Training

This training is open to school level administrators and district technology/media personnel. Training dates are in the Important Dates section. The following are the descriptions of each session:

Data Literacy
This session will assist administrators in being able to identify data sources that can assist districts/schools in making data-driven decisions. Data-driven decision-making is defined as the “process of collecting, analyzing, reporting, and using data for school improvement” (Dahlkemper, 2002). We will discuss what factors need to be in place for using data to inform decisions, and example data sources that can be used. Participants will understand the principles of data literacy and will identify ways to build on current data to improve data literacy for their schools. Data collection sources will be shared in the training.

This session provides opportunities for participants to explore TPACK: Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge, (Mishra & Foehler, 2006), an educational framework used to design classroom instruction that connects technology, content knowledge, and pedagogy. The activities and resources shared support the embedding of the Information and Technology Essential Standards (ITES). Participants will have the opportunity to share TPACK experiences, to connect with districts or charter schools and for refining local curriculum. The goal of this session is to share the TPACK framework and offer experience with tools and resources for providing professional development, while assisting the trainer in identifying the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration.

Digital Literacy
The term digital literacy may be interpreted in a variety of ways, but in this session we will focus on two areas: 1) the ability to find, evaluate, and utilize information using online resources and tools, and 2) the ability to use technology to share information in a world that emphasizes collaboration and interactive communication in both the personal sphere and the workplace.

PRC 15 with Fines and Forfeitures Posted

FY 13 PRC 15 revisions 4 and 5 have been posted on the Instructional Technology Division website. Revision 4 includes Fines and Forfeitures.

IIS Update

Highlights from announcements made in a recent weekly update from the State Superintendent's Office.

PowerSchool to Replace NC WISE
Earlier this month, the NCDPI received permission from State Information Technology Services to move forward with sole-sourcing procurement of PowerSchool, a student information system developed by Pearson. This move was made in large part because NC WISE is 14 years old and due for an upgrade to ensure that it works well with current technology and eventually the new Instructional Improvement System currently under development.
PowerSchool brings a number of significant advantages to North Carolina:
  • Offers more local control regarding the modules districts and charters use. These modules include parent and student portals.
  • Designed to give users flexibility of access through mobile devices and includes specialized applications created with mobile devices in mind.
  • Designed with the convenience of users in mind and extensive training will be provided with the software.
The Department's goal is to move from NC WISE to PowerSchool over the next 18 months. The aggressive timeline is reasonable given that Pearson already owns the aal software that currently powers NC WISE. Also, the transition to PowerSchool will not fundamentally change the roles that teachers and others currently have under NC WISE. As such, the transition to PowerSchool should be fairly smooth and require less change management than staff encountered in moving to NC WISE.
The Department remains committed to creating as little disruption to districts and schools as possible while moving to a modern student information system that works with current technology and devices.

MSL Update
I have attached the MSL Timeline. Standard Six ratings are determined using student growth data from all subjects and grades a teacher has taught over three years, it can come from multiple schools or LEAs. Any student who has not been enrolled for 140 days or 70 days on a block schedule is excluded from growth calculations. Year one of the cycle is 2012-13 for teachers who administer EOG or EOC, CTE Post assessments and MSLs. Year one for Arts, World Languages, Healthful Living, extended content standards and k-3 teachers will be 2013-2014. The sixth standard ratings and one page summary sheets will be available in EVAAS in mid-September. EVAAS Accounts for all teachers in 2012-13.

Assessment FAQs