Initially, NCDPI found it very informative to view statewide Lost Instructional Time results in terms of average negative impacts of the pandemic. For the first time, this whitepaper presents the findings focused on the distribution of effects, which allows education stakeholders to better understand that many students across all groups made and exceeded expected growth during the pandemic year.
Specifically, this whitepaper examines outcomes for economically disadvantaged (ED) students. ED students comprise 54% of our 2017-2018 sample and 46% of our 2020-2021 sample. and schools that received additional support in 2020-2021 as part of North Carolina’s “Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)” and/or “Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)” programs. CSI/TSI eligibility and exit criteria are available here.
The findings from this whitepaper indicate that the following school improvement support efforts provided by NCDPI’s Office of Federal Programs team seem to be working for federally identified low performing schools (see whitepaper Appendix for list of supports).
As we consider next steps for data analysis, leaders from NCDPI’s Office of Federal Programs expressed interest in exploring initial positive findings for the competitive cycle for 2020-2022 cohorts of IPG schools and CSI Exit Status including:
Cohort I 15 out of 22 schools exited CSI status in the Fall of 2022 68% success rate;
Cohort II 9 out of 13 schools exited CSI status in the Fall of 2022 70% success rate;
Overall: IPG Cohort I/II-24 out of 35 schools exited CSI status in the Fall of 2022 68% success rate; and
39 schools exited CSI-LP status in the Fall of 2022
21 schools exited CSI-LG status in the Fall of 2022
Additional analysis of TSI schools could focus on further understanding the implications of the recent shifts in school designation calculations and early indications that some TSI schools are struggling to support their Students with Disabilities populations.
“Deeper analysis of our statewide data to include and understand the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on vulnerable student populations, including those identified as economically disadvantaged, is critical in order to target specific interventions to those schools and students who need it most. The Federal Programs team at NCDPI stands ready to build relationships with local leaders to facilitate the necessary technical assistance to ensure not only compliance but quality programs for students.”
~Dr. LaTricia Townsend, Senior Director of Federal Programs