10/24/11 Board prepares for state’s plans

Board prepares for state’s plans
School leaders will learn of testing requirements tonight
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 10/24/11     
Reprinted with permission.

  Alamance-Burlington Board of Education members will learn about the state’s instructional plans that go into place in 2012 during a meeting tonight.

   Known as the Common Core/ Essential Standards, the statewide initiative is designed in part to align what students in North Carolina learn with what students learn in other states.

   Written material distributed in advance of the meeting describes the standards as preparing students for college and careers and as “internationally benchmarked.”

   The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school board’s meeting room in the system’s central office at 1712 Vaughn Road, Burlington.

   Other topics on the agenda include:

  • Reviewing school system goals proposed by Superintendent Lillie Cox.

   Those include increasing the percentage of students who perform well on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests; increasing the number of students taking high-level courses; improving student performance on the SAT and ACT college entrance tests; meeting state and federal assessment standards; improving performance among various ethnic, socioeconomic and other student groups; improving graduation rates; and attracting and keeping good teachers and administrators.

  • Formalizing an agreement between the Alamance-Burlington School System and Elon University to create a small high school in which students would complete requirements for a high school diploma while earning as much as two years of college credit. Students attending the school would come from each of the county’s seven middle schools.
  • Receiving information about how high school students performed in Advanced Placement classes taken during the 2010-11 school year. Written information distributed before the meeting shows that systemwide, more students took the courses than during the previous years. Students who score high enough on exams after the classes can earn college credit. More students took the exams and scored a 3 or higher on a five point scale, the minimum level at which a student can qualify for college credit.