• North Carolina Honors Portfolio 

     
     "Beginning in 2004, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved a framework for developing and implementing Honors Level Courses in our state. The initial goal was to provide a consistent  framework to guide teachers, principals, and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) as they develop and  evaluate courses that address rigor, relevance, and relationships at an honors level. In 2012, NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) began the process for revising the 2004 Honors Course Implementation Guide and Rubric in order to more effectively address new standards and instructional best practices. SBE approved the new Honors Level Course Rubric in June 2012. This rubric will be the foundation for courses developed at the honors level and will ensure fidelity across the state. The new Honors Level Course Rubric (2012) shall be used in the development process of honors courses at the LEA level as well as guide the state level Honors Level Course Portfolio Review Process." Click here to see the entire NC Honors Implementation GuideNC Implementation Guide
     
     
    What does this mean for our high school teachers? For each honors course taught, an electronic portfolio must be maintained, submitted for approval at the district level, and possibly submitted to DPI during the audit process. The portfolio illustrates the rationale for the curriculum, instructional resources, and assessment used in their classroom that indicates a level of rigor necessary for advanced learners. For those courses that are "inherently honors," a portfolio does not need to be maintained. This includes Fine Arts and World Languages as well as a few other academic course. Click here to see the list of courses to be reviewed: Honors Courses for Review
     
    During the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, there were several opportunities to attend a Hot Topic session on the Honors Portfolio. Click here for to view the power point presentation that was shared during the Hot Topic: Honors Portfolio
     
    Over the summer of 2013, a team of ELA, SS, Math, & Science teachers worked on items for the Honors Portfolio, including writing rationales, unit plans, and lesson plans that our teachers can use for this process. The unit and lesson plans are uploaded on their respective webpages. However, in attempt to help our teachers with creating their portfolios, there are several examples here:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    In late August, DPI created the portfolio template to be used and can be found here: Portfolio Template
     
    For more information regarding the Honors Portfolio, see the NC DPI Wiki:  
     
    Ways to show curriculum extensions by using existing ABSS Scope and Sequences, by simply adding activities for honors' students:
     
     
     
     
     
    Other course scope and sequence documents can be found under the COURSE pages, along with Unit Plans, lesson plan ideas, etc.