GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2017

H 1

HOUSE BILL 826

 

 

Short Title: Modify Low-Performing School Definition.

(Public)

Sponsors:

Representatives Riddell, Saine, Dulin, and Fraley (Primary Sponsors).

For a complete list of sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly web site.

Referred to:

Education - K-12

April 13, 2017

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to modify the definition of low‑PERFORMING school.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑105.37 reads as rewritten:

" 115C‑105.37. Identification of low‑performing schools.

(a) Identification of Low‑Performing Schools. The State Board of Education shall identify low‑performing schools on an annual basis. Low‑performing schools are those that receive a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" as defined by G.S. 115C‑83.15.

(b) Parental Notice of Low‑Performing School Status. Each school that the State Board identifies as low‑performing shall provide written notification to the parents and guardians of students attending that school within 30 days of the identification that includes the following information:

(1) A statement that the State Board of Education has found that the school has "received a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" and has been identified as a low‑performing school as defined by G.S. 115C‑105.37." The statement shall include an explanation of the school performance grades and growth scores.

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SECTION 2. G.S. 115C‑105.39A(c) reads as rewritten:

"(c) Parental Notice of Low‑Performing Local School Administrative Unit Status. Each local school administrative unit that the State Board identifies as low‑performing shall provide written notification to the parents and guardians of all students attending any school in the local school administrative unit within 30 days of the identification that includes the following information:

(1) A statement that the State Board of Education has found that a majority of the schools in the local school administrative unit have "received a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" and have been identified as low‑performing schools as defined by G.S. 115C‑105.37." The statement shall also include an explanation of the school performance grades and school growth scores.

(2) The percentage of schools identified as low‑performing.

(3) Information about the preliminary plan developed under subsection (b) of this section and the availability of the final plan on the local school administrative unit's Web site.

(4) The meeting date for when the preliminary plan will be considered by the local board of education.

(5) A description of any additional steps the local school administrative unit and schools are taking to improve student performance.

(6) For notifications sent to parents and guardians of students attending a school that is identified as low‑performing under G.S. 115C‑105.37, a statement that the State Board of Education has found that the school has "received a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" and has been identified as a low‑performing school as defined by G.S. 115C‑105.37." This notification also shall include the school performance grade and school growth score the school received and an explanation of the school performance grades and school growth scores."

SECTION 3. G.S. 115C‑218.94(a) reads as rewritten:

"(a) Identification of Low‑Performing Charter Schools. The State Board of Education shall identify low‑performing charter schools on an annual basis. Low‑performing charter schools are those that receive a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" as defined by G.S. 115C‑83.15."

SECTION 4. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2017‑2018 school year.