Opt In to Home Base

home base users in circleDistricts and charter schools can opt-in and take advantage of the full suite of Home Base applications and its many new features for the 2020-21 school year starting May 15, 2020!  We are delaying the date from April 15 to May 15 to better accommodate our PSUs during these uncertain times.

The cost to districts and charters will remain the same as last year - $1/Allotted ADM.  Deadline for opting in is June 15, 2020.

Opt-in Decision Tool 

Districts can acquire Canvas for an additional cost of $3.92 per user through the state negotiated convenience contract. To obtain Canvas, please contact Christina Clayton.

Additional tools, Learning.com and Imagine Math, have been added to the Home Base suite.  Check out what these tools can do for your schools by clicking on their links. For additional information please see the FAQs below.

Home Base Pricing Memo

Home Base Opt-in Status

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is the cost to access the full suite of Home Base tools?

1.  What is the cost to access the full suite of Home Base tools?

The cost to PSUs will remain the same as last year - $1/ADM which gives you access to Schoolnet and NCEES.

2.  What resources are available for this price?

2.  What resources are available for this price?

NCEES Unified Talent Perform Enterprise and Professional Learning

  • Effective educator evaluation instruments and professional development plans in the Perform Enterprise component of NCEES available to PSUs include:
    • Rubrics based on NC teacher and administrator standards 
    • Observations that inform teacher/staff growth
    • End of year evaluation ratings
    • Free access to NCDPI self-paced Canvas and Moodle modules aligned to staff standards & elements, and focus areas
    • Staff dashboards to track CEUs earned through DPI and local PD course modules, and varied PD learning opportunities
    • Transfer Credit Manager – manages approvals for CEUs earned outside of the district to show on staff transcripts
  • PSUs are given access to NCEES Professional Learning PD office component for $1/ADM (this fee also includes access to Schoolnet). The PD office provides the ability to:
    • Create and manage local professional learning opportunities and track CEUs

    • Share local PD/CEU opportunities with other PSUs for regional or shared events


Schoolnet
 

  • New features for 2020-21 Schoolnet include: Assessment item banks and the ability to create local item banks, streamlined assessment item and passage search, and integration with #GoOpenNC (Spring 2020)​​​​​​
  • Additional assessment features like text to speech, multiple standards alignment, and Gap Match technology-enhanced items 
  • Formative assessment items for many secondary Career and Technical Education courses
  • Robust reporting features, including benchmark reporting dashboard, standard performance reports, and an updated teacher dashboard with one-click access to pre-formatted reports
  • PSUs are given access to Schoolnet for the same low price as last year - $1/ADM (this fee also includes access to NCEES Unified Talent)


 Canvas
(available with state-negotiated convenience pricing) 

  • Robust learning management system with LTI connections available for many popular learning tools such as Flipgrid, Khan Academy, Nearpod, and Quizlet

  • Supports personalized digital learning with mastery paths to quickly customize learner experiences based on content mastery 

  • Access to more than 55 fully developed courses on the NC Canvas Commons including NCVPS and DLC’s for Teachers content 

  • Districts and charter schools can acquire Canvas for an additional cost of $3.92 per user through the state-negotiated convenience contract

Learning.com (available with state negotiated convenience pricing) 

  • EasyTech - a complete online digital literacy curriculum that provides an engaging way to teach essential digital literacy skills through interactive lessons, application exercises, discussions, and quizzes 
  • Inquiry - a supplemental curriculum that takes a project-based approach to integrating digital literacy into instruction with ready-to-go, technology-infused projects for all core subjects  
  • Digital Literacy Assessment - assessments that provide real-time data to quickly determine students’ grasp of digital literacy concepts 
  • Training - workshops and a vast array of on-demand resources such as webinars, downloadable recordings, and online content designed to address schools' and districts' unique instructional goals 
  • Pricing: $7.50 per user or $3,200 per building license (whichever is most cost effective)

Imagine Math (available with state negotiated convenience pricing) 

  • Rigorous, standards-aligned digital supplemental math program that personalizes learning or each student

  • Availability of certified, bilingual math teachers for fostering optimal learning conditions while ensuring that students get the help they need, including evenings and weekends  

  • Assessments aligned to the Quantile Framework provide educators with a reliable measure of student readiness to learn specific concepts 

  • Reporting functionality allows educators to make data-driven insights to drive instruction 

  • Pricing: $8,450 per site license with Premier Plus Support or $32.50 per user (whichever is most cost effective) 

             

    #GoOpenNC Open Educational Resources and Collaborative Space (included at no additional cost) 

  • #GoOpenNC is a collaborative space for K-12 educators across the state to find standards-aligned educational resources and share open education resources  
  • Open author tool supports educators in creating openly licensed educational resources (lesson plans, curricular units, activities, textbooks, and full courses) that meet accessibility guidelines and are aligned to North Carolina Standard Course of Study standards 
  • Custom groups allow educators to organize and collaborate on resources for specific education topics by grade level, subject area, or location (School or LEA specific groups)
  • Content hubs allow educators to easily find collections of resources specific to their needs, including Global Education, STEM, Project Based Learning, Tools 4 NC Teachers, and School Library Media 

 

  PowerSchool (included at no additional cost) 

  • Standard object report enhancements, consecutive absence alert, summer school enrollments and mass enroll capabilities for summer school, end of summer school process, a state reporting help feature, and enterprise reporting enhancements  
  • PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook) with a cleaner interface and features like: 
    • no more Java dependencies 
    • mobile-responsive design 
    • ability to import scores 
    • fully integrated standards-based grading 
    • built-in progress reporting 
    • professional judgment indicator that helps teachers understand which grades to focus on to determine if the final grade accurately reflects the student’s level of understanding
    •  ability to copy over assignments from PT Gradebook
    •  Section Readiness Report

 All price quotes are good for the 2020-21 school year.  Prices are based on state appropriated funding and are subject to change in subsequent years.

 

3. Where do I go to sign up for the full suite of Home Base tools?

3. Where do I go to sign up for the full suite of Home Base tools?

Only district finance officers and charter school principals should request access through the online opt-in tool for their district/school.  Access is requested through the Home Base Opt-in tool using your NCID credentials.

4. What is the deadline for signing-up?

4. What is the deadline for signing-up?

All responses must be submitted by June 15, 2020.

5. How do I find out if my district or charter school has already signed up?

5. How do I find out if my district or charter school has already signed up?

The running list of districts and charters that have signed-up is located here. This list will be updated regularly during the sign-up period (ending June 15).

6. How do I pay for access?

6. How do I pay for access?

Once you have signed up, an invoice will be automatically generated and emailed to the finance officer for districts and principals for charters. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction TIN# 561492826 .  Please add “Home Base 2020-2021” in the memo line and mail the invoice and check to: 
NC Department of Public Instruction 
Cash Management and Collections 
6336 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC 27699-6336

7. When is my payment due?

7. When is my payment due?

Payment is due August 31, 2020, or two weeks after receiving initial allotments (whichever is later). Payments do not need to be made prior to the start of next fiscal year (July 1, 2020).

8. How do I sign up for Canvas to get the convenience contract pricing?

8. How do I sign up for Canvas to get the convenience contract pricing?

Please contact Christina Clayton

9. Why am I being invoiced for an amount different than my projected ADM?

9. Why am I being invoiced for an amount different than my projected ADM?

The contract for content uses the allotted ADM figure (not the projected ADM) as a basis for its costs since it is a stable number known well in advance. Your cost for the next school year will still be the allotted ADM figure even if there are more or fewer actual users of the system.

10. If I am being given access to courses in NCVPS through Canvas, why am I paying NCVPS?

10. If I am being given access to courses in NCVPS through Canvas, why am I paying NCVPS?

You are paying NCVPS to have a course with a teacher to work with the student and modify the learning based on student needs. The courses that NCVPS shares for free contain all the digital content to develop a local version of the course with a district teacher. Most schools that use the free NCVPS shared courses do so to create blended learning opportunities for students to supplement the traditional face-to-face classroom.

11. What is the most recent analytics of Schoolnet usage?

11. What is the most recent analytics of Schoolnet usage?

Schoolnet has been embraced as a tool for creating millions of assessments that are shared across the state. Below is the current usage statistics for assessments in Schoolnet from July 2019 - March 2020 and comparisons to last year's numbers.