Legislative News from DPI for 11/15/07

From DPI:

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Legislative News
November 15, 2007

The Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School
Graduation met on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the General Assembly.  The Commission consists of 16 members ­ eight each from the North Carolina Senate and the House of Representatives. 

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:hMWCD4L4mAMdMM:http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/img/states/strep_nc__vernonmalone.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:xHrbBwVCQ9BY7M:http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/House/pictures/402.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The Co-chairs of the Commission are Sen. Vernon
Malone and Rep. Earline Parmon.

Some of the purposes stated in the Authorizing Legislation are: (1) to
evaluate initiatives and programs designed to reduce the dropout rate and
increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared to further their postsecondary education or enter the workforce; (2) study the emergence of major middle school and high school reform efforts, including Learn and Earn Programs, the New Schools Initiative, and 21st Century Schools, and the impact they may have on the dropout rate; and (3) determine which interventions and other strategies, such as accelerated learning, tutoring, mentoring, or small class sizes, when employed as a substitute to grade retention or as a subsequent measure to grade retention, are the most effective at enabling these students to remain in school and graduate.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.ncsla.net/photos/fall03/thumbnails/P1010027_JPG.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The Department of Public Instruction’s Dr. Lou Fabrizio, director of
Accountability Services, described the annual dropout rate and the cohort
graduation rate.  Following Dr. Fabrizio’s presentation, legislators had a
lengthy discussion pertaining to the issue of students who leave high school
to attend community colleges. There was concern expressed as to why those
students are counted as dropouts and not as continuing students.

Mr. Robert Logan, NCDPI’s associate state superintendent for Innovation and
School Transformation, reported to the Commission on the state level
programs that focus on dropout prevention.  Representatives from a North
Learn and Earn Program, Early College High School, an LEA and a
21st Century Learning Community Program shared their successes in dropout

The commission expressed appreciation for the information provided by Dr.
Fabrizio and Mr. Logan. The Commission requested some information on the
dropout grants which are being administrated by the Department of Public
Instruction.  That information was provided prior to the adjournment.

The next meeting of the Commission will be January 29, 2008.

from Chris Minard
Legislative Liaison
North Carolina State Board of Education
Department of Public Instruction


E.C. 🙂


One Response

  1. When DPI has to publish 21 pages to explain how to calculate the drop-out rate, you know that there is a problem.

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