Technology Tools for Educator Evaluation and PD Announced

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has partnered with Public Consulting Group/Truenorthlogic to provide online educator evaluation and professional development tools as part of the Home Base technology project. Home Base is a large-scale technology project to provide digital tools and learning resources for local educators, students and parents. Development and implementation of the large Home Base project is underway and will be completed by fall 2014.

The contract with Public Consulting Group/Truenorthlogic completes the three major vendor selections needed to provide all of the elements of this major technology project providing tools to all local school districts, public schools and public charter schools. Public Consulting Group/Truenorthlogic and Pearson are the vendors that received contracts through a competitive bidding process to provide components of Home Base.

Truenorthlogic, a vendor that specializes in human capital management systems to K-12 education agencies, is providing the technology software which will house the educator evaluation model that was implemented in every school district in 2011. The system provided by Truenorthlogic aims to improve the processes already in place by creating a more streamlined and intuitive experience. The Truenorthlogic performance management platform for educator evaluation will be in place for teacher evaluations by July 1, 2013, and for principal evaluations by October 2013, with the professional learning management system coming online in January 2014.

In addition to the educator effectiveness and professional development technology support, NCDPI also is working with Pearson as a vendor on two key components of Home Base: a new student information system that will replace NC WISE, which is no longer supported in the Information Technology industry, and an instructional improvement system comprising instructional materials, student assessments and other materials to help teachers and students in the classrooms.

“We are excited to have this final contract in place and to have the work moving forward to provide teachers, principals, parents and students with better technology tools to support their work and to improve student learning, all in support of North Carolina’s READY initiative,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson.