State Board of Education
Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH
Meeting Notes for the March 27, 2009 Retreat.
Call To Order
The Retreat of the State Board of Education was convened at 9:30 a.m. at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. John E. Lyons, Jr., presided. Deputy Commissioner Heath was the facilitator.
Members present: John E. Lyons, Jr., Fredrick J. Bramante, Jr., Helen G. Honorow, Daphne Kenyon, Stephen R. L'Heureux, Tom Raffio, and William Walker.
Also in attendance were Lyonel B. Tracy, Commissioner of Education, Mary S. Heath, Deputy Commissioner of Education, Kathleen Murphy, Director, Division of Instruction, Judith Fillion, Director, Division of Program Support, and Paul Leather, Director, Division of Adult Learning.
Priority #1: Eliminating the Dropout Rate to 0% by 2012.
Priority #2: Partnering to Build Capacity for Communication and outreach
Transitioning Toward the New Commissioner
Steps to assist in the transition from Commissioner Tracy to the new Commissioner of Education
- Commissioner Tracy will be available to meet with the new Commissioner and is willing to assist with transition.
- Concern for expertise regarding big issues that include ARRA funds and use of funds.
- Concern that the new commissioner will try to establish a new vision. Groups of two State Board members will meet with the new commissioner to discuss Board priorities and culture of the State Board meetings.
- Board can focus on: (a) expectation that the Board is leading a meaningful transition with a "unity of purpose;" and (b) a plan so that the Board will support the culture and allow the freedom to teachers, schools, and superintendents, to personalize the education of each child.
- Discussion items for Board members to have with the new commissioner will include:
- Using ARRA to support high school redesign/ current issues.
- Market the product using graduate students.
- What does a 21st Century school look like?
- What vision a new Commissioner brings and how will the priorities be maintained?
- Have a full plan with information details to move "our" vision forward ensuring every child is an engaged and successful learner.
- Personalized education with an engaged community - NH (as a state) knows the agenda
- No dropouts by 2012.
- Teacher training for teachers as facilitators of learning - "standards for teacher training".
- New standards for preservice teacher training.
Action Steps Listed
Work Expectations to be Accomplished at the Retreat
Kathleen Murphy said the Department is clear with the Board's vision
AD HOC Committee Recommendation
Daphne Kenyon, Chair of this Committee, reported that the Committee was charged by Chairman Lyons to address two goals: 1) eliminating high school dropouts, and 2)) communication, outreach, and partnering to build capacity. Recommendations regarding high school dropouts.
- Department publicly report high school dropout rates broken down by demographic group.
- Report on i4see data which focuses on the state's growing ability to track all students in the state.
- Presentation on the current and future role of the GED program in addressing the problem of high school dropouts.
Recommendations Regarding Communication
Action Steps Listed - Confirmation Of Priorities
Critically assessed our priorities - are they still our priorities - "yes" the priorities from 2007 or new priorities established by year - assess how far we've come - concrete next steps.
Governor's priorities - dropout rate - SB 18 - analyze data that is meaningful to guide decisions - Follow The Child - a personalized education for every student Dropout by ethnic - demographic - difficult conversations by school communities - issues - barriers - challenges - SB 18 goes into effect July 1, 2009.
Action Steps Timeline
Judy Fillion reported on the list of schools for Delay in Full Compliance.
There are serious safety issues
- Hear from Ed Murdough
- Hear from AG
- Post list on Web site
- Timeline Immediate
- Continuum of life/safety issues
- Frank discussion about school approval
- Concerns about schools conditionally approved
Tom Raffio discussed the Baldrige plan. Chairman Lyons said that this could be created through the Board level. Tom said there is a regional conference in Cambridge.
New Hampshire Department of Education Budget and Its Implication
The Department's Budget Presentation to the House Finance Committee was distributed to Board members.
Tough Choices or Tough Times
Commissioner Tracy spoke on this topic. There will be International Benchmarks and a draft Board Examination Review system. They will use the "Running Start" model. New Hampshire will apply for $5 billion. It is a good opportunity for us. In New Hampshire, the high schools want to be involved.
State Board exams - student transition through high school - community college relationship - students taking CC courses - how does TCTT connect with FTC/personalized - reducing the dropout rate - teacher preparation - how does it fit?
Dropout Rate Discussion
Paul discussed the Analysis of 2007-2008 Dropout Data Report. April 10 is the Governor's Summit - targeted high schools in particular for the summit - America's Promise - reported on Stevens High School Visit - change in truancy law will make a big difference - Board will have a big responsibility. State Scholars Program - completing courses academic based Tough Choices or Tough Times competency based - SB 180 Accountability for adequacy - input for opportunity to adequate education - performance piec
Joint Education Council Update
Chairman Lyons updated the Board on this Council. It will not be called the "Joint Education Council." Committee members are afraid the momentum that Commissioner Tracy has started in NH might be stopped with the new Commissioner. A small subcommittee was created to come up with a vision statement. They will draft a mission statement to come up with a new name, and see what other states are doing. Chairman Lyons will call another meeting soon.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.