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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  January 22, 2016

Upcoming Events

February 3 - 4, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


February 8 - 9, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools Updates

Special Gathering for Charter School Leaders - Survey Response Needed

NCDPI will hold the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC on March 21-23. This unique professional development opportunity will feature 250 sessions with tracks for K-12 learning standards, K-12 online and blended learning structures, policy, research, accountability, student engagement, State technology resources, Home Base, and more.



The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) will be hosting a full day (morning and afternoon focus sessions) at the CCSA to provide an opportunity for charter school leaders to come together to learn and network. Please help us in designing the agenda for these special charter schools "focus sessions" so that they meet your needs! To this end, we ask that you please respond to these four questions by Thursday, January 28, 2016.




Survey Link:

Other NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates 



End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) Testing Updates




Please see the attached memo, 2015-16 EOG and EOC Testing Administrations, from Dr. Rebecca Garland and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.



Attachment:  EOG & EOC Testing Memo

Advanced Learning Academically Gifted (AIG)  - Interest Survey Deadline Extended



The NCDPI Division of Advanced Learning hosted a webinar designed specifically for charter school audiences on November 30, 2015 who were interested in developing an official AIG program.  The following was covered during the webinar: 


  • Charter Schools and AIG possibilities


  • Introduced the SBE-revised NC AIG Program Standards.


  • The local AIG Plan process as it relates to Charters (including plan and program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation).



Listed below are the materials from the webinar. Contact Stephanie Cyrus at with questions or concerns.




AIG Webinar


AIG Program Standards


AIG Interest Survey - Due January 29, 2016


In Case You Missed It

NC School Report Card: Data Preview Period Extended




We encountered some technical difficulties with the 2014-15 report card data preview.  As a result, the data preview period has been extended from yesterday afternoon until Monday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m.  You may view the site by accessing this link:  The data in the report card are considered preliminary and should not be made public, so we ask that you DO NOT RELEASE THIS URL TO ANYONE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SCHOOLS.  This is a test site and information and data are subject to change.  If you cannot view the SRC in your preferred browser, for the data preview please use Chrome.



How to Submit a Data Question/Issue During Data Preview:


  • Contact the SRC Coordinator for your LEA or Charter School. NCDPI will only accept questions from the SRC Coordinator.




Please note that the NC Department of Public Instruction will not accept requests for corrections from schools that did not meet deadlines for submitting data at the local level or submitted it incorrectly.




  • Please do not wait to submit all of your questions/corrections at the end of the review period. 
  • Submit your questions as you encounter them. 
  • This review is for 2014-15 Report Cards data only. Issues will not be accepted for prior years’ data.


New 2014-15 Data Available During this Data Preview Period:

  • NAEP
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Teacher/Principal Effectiveness
  • College Course Completion
  • Digital Access and Library Media
  • Snapshot (Updated with HQT data)


We appreciate your commitment to the School Report Cards.  Please contact Rebecca Chong at 919-807-3690 or with any questions or concerns.

Gold Ribbon

Distinguished Service Award Nomination Packet



Attached is information to nominate individuals who are distinguished for years of service and statewide impact on improving the education and lives of exceptional children.  Selected individuals from the nominations will be recognized during the March Institute being held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on March 8-9, 2016.



If you have any questions, please contact Sherry H. Thomas at 919 807-3992 or



Attachment:  Distinguished Service Nomination Letter

Home Base User's Group Meeting Notice


Please find the attached invitation to the next Home Base Users' Group meeting.  Please contact Aaron Bissonnette with questions or concerns at



Attachment: Home Base User Group Information

Finance and Business Services Updates



Attached are the Finance Officers' Updates.



Attachment:  Finance Officers' Newsletter

Financial and Business Services Newsletter


NCDPI Web Highlights

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools January 15 Newsletter




Superintendents' Weekly Message



NC Public Schools Partners' Newsletter



Principals' Biweekly Message