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  • Summary date: Jul 12 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Amends new GS  115C-158.10 (career development plans) to require career development plans to include available records of completed Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education, and dual-enrollment courses that may lead to college credit in high school, in addition to other listed required content (was, just dual-enrollment courses in addition to other listed required content.) 

    Requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in coordination with the State Board of Education (Board) to study and recommend how to develop individual graduation plans for all students beginning in eighth grade to achieve the goal of success for all students in graduating career and college ready with the support and involvement of both the student’s parents and school personnel. Authorizes DPI to examine other state models, including Louisiana. Lists seven required elements of the study, including identifying resources needed for guidance counselors or other qualified school personnel to assist students with individual graduation plans annually and means for assisting with post-secondary education planning including completing a free application for federal student aid. Requires DPI to report to the specified NCGA committee on the results of the study along with any recommended legislation to implement individual graduation plans and high school remediation programs, and parameters for a pilot program to implement individual graduation plans and high school remediation programs in at least 15 public school units beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, by January 15, 2024.

    Makes organizational changes and conforming changes to the act’s long title.  

  • Summary date: Mar 2 2023 - View Summary

    Enacts new GS 115C-158.10 providing as follows. Require all middle school and high school students enrolled in local school administrative units to complete a career development plan. Encourages charter schools to participate. Specifies that a career development plan must contain at least the following main prongs of assessment: (1) self-assessment of the student's aptitudes, skills, values, personality, and career interests; (2) exploration and identification of pathways for careers aligned with the student's self-assessment that include specified information for each career; (3) alignment of academic courses and extracurricular activities with the student's identified career interests, including specified inventory of courses and recordkeeping; and (4) creation of a career portfolio. Requires the State Board of Education (Board) to develop rules regarding career development plans. Requires local boards of education to: provide parents written notice of the initial career development plan along with instructions on how to access it, ensure that career development plans are easily accessible to students and parents, and provide access to all career development plans through a designated electronic app. 

    Specifies that students will not be promoted from seventh grade until the plan is created, and cannot be promoted from tenth grade until the career development plan is revised.

    Amends GS 115C-218.75 (pertaining to general operating requirements for charter schools) to encourage charter schools to develop career development plans.

    Applies beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.

    Requires the Board to establish a pilot of at least 20 local school administrative units during the 2023-24 school year to develop the plan requirements and professional development necessary for successful statewide implementation of career development plans in the 2024-25 school year. Requires Board to direct the Department of Public Instruction to develop the electronic app for the career development plan as discussed above, with the additional specification that the app integrate with career information available through other state agencies, and to provide that app to local boards of education and participating charter schools by not later than the 2024-25 school year.