Below you will find frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LEA Self-Assessment Update by topic.


Receiving and Submitting the LEA Self-Assessment Update or LEA Self-Assessment

Q: How do I obtain the LEA Self-Assessment Update for my LEA (for districts that completed the LEA Self-Assessment during the 16-17 school year)?
A: The LEA Self-Assessment Update will be emailed to directors and coordinators on January 19th, 2018. The email will contain the LEA Self-Assessment Update attached as an Excel file. If you did not receive the LEA Self-Assessment Update for your LEA, please email Matt Hoskins.
Q: How do I obtain the original LEA Self-Assessment and Improvement Plan for my LEA (for new charter schools that opened during the 17-18 school year)?
A: The LEA Self-Assessment and Improvement Plan can be downloaded here.
Q: When is the final plan due for submission?
A: The submission date for the LEA Self-Assessment Update and LEA Self-Assessment are due by April 30th, 2018.

Q: How should we submit?

A: LEA Self Assessment Update: LEAs are asked to submit the LEASA-Update with the following naming convention: LEASAU.2017-18.LEAname, inserting their LEA name. The electronic file should be emailed to Matt Hoskins.

Original LEA Self Assessment and Improvement Plan: new charter schools are asked to submit the LEA Self Assessment and Improvement plan with the following naming convention: LEASA.2017-18.LEAname, inserting their LEA name.
The electronic file should be emailed to Matt Hoskins

After Submission

Q: What happens after LEA Self-Assessment Updates are submitted?
A: NCDPI staff will review and analyze the data to align and provide a tiered professional learning calendar and technical assistance during the 2018-19 school year. The analysis is intended to support infrastructure development and is not evaluative in nature.

LEA Self-Assessment Team

Q: I’m not sure which stakeholders to include. Who should be on my LEA Self-Assessment team?
A: Recommended roles and skills that should be represented on your team can be found in the LEA Self-Assessment & Improvement Process Guidance Manual. This team should be documented in the LEA Self-Assessment Update.

Data for the LEA Self-Assessment

Q: I’m not sure what data sources my team should be using to complete the Self-Assessment. Is there any information about that?
A: If you’re looking for summary or disaggregated data, check out the Accessing EC Data page on the wiki, or take a look at the Data Collection section in the LEA Self-Assessment & Improvement Process Guidance Manual. If you’re working on the practice profile items, there are Data Sources listed for each of the Core Elements in the LEA Self-Assessment & Improvement Process Guidance Manual.

Q: How do I get access to CEDARS?
A: Step-by-step instructions are in the video on the Accessing EC Data page.

Q: The data in CEDARS and CECAS is not as current as I would like. How are we supposed to make good decisions with old data?
A: Data are loaded into CEDARS as expeditiously as possible once finalized. Triangulation of data sources (including local data sources) and analysis of trends will support good decision making. If you need assistance with accessing data and have used the tools available (Accessing EC Data), please contact Kelley Blas.


Practice Profile Items

Q: My LEA doesn’t have 12th graders. How are we supposed to answer Practice Profile item 3.4?
LEAs should mark the item with a “0” and add a note to the Documentation and Comments column “n/a.” Percentages on the summary page will be corrected by hand by NCDPI staff when the completed assessment is received.

Q: My LEA doesn’t have any students on the Extended Content Standards. How are we supposed to answer Practice Profile item 3.3?
LEAs should mark the item with a “0” and add a note to the Documentation and Comments column “n/a.” Percentages on the summary page will be corrected by hand by NCDPI staff when the completed assessment is received.

Practice Profile Summary

Q: The percentage for Core Element 3 on the Summary Page is wrong because my LEA doesn’t have graduating students and/or students on the Extended Content Standards.

A: This problem applies only to LEAs who do not have graduating students and/or do not have students on Extended Content Standards. LEAs who do not have graduates (Practice Profile Item 3.3) and/or students on Extended Content Standards (Practice Profile Item 3.4) will not be able to answer those items, but cell data restrictions prevent them from typing text into the LEA Rating field. LEAs should mark the item with a “0” and add a note to the Documentation and Comments column “n/a.” Percentages on the summary page will be corrected by NCDPI staff.

Other Questions

Q. My question isn’t listed here – what should I do?
A: Contact your Regional Consultant, or email your question to Matt Hoskins.



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