116-209.73. (Repealed effective July 1, 2021) Recipient selection; use of grant funds; duration of grants; reporting requirements.

(a) Selection. - After evaluation of grant applications pursuant to G.S. 116-209.72, the nonprofit corporation shall recommend to the Authority the recipients of grants under the Program for each fiscal year.

(b) Use of funds. - Each eligible entity that receives grant funds shall use those funds to carry out the following:

(1) Recruiting and selecting, based on a rigorous evaluation of the competencies of the school leader candidates participating in the program and their potential and desire to become effective school leaders.

(2) Operating a school leader preparation program that provides the opportunity for all candidates to earn a master's degree, if they do not already have one, and subsequent principal licensure by doing the following:

a. Utilizing a research-based content and curriculum, including embedded participant assessments to evaluate candidates before program completion that prepares candidates to do the following:

1. Provide instructional leadership, such as developing teachers' instructional practices and analyzing classroom and school-wide data to support teachers.

2. Manage talent, such as developing a high-performing team.

3. Build a positive school culture, such as building a strong school culture focused on high academic achievement for all students, including gifted and talented students, students with disabilities, and English learners, maintaining active engagement with family and community members, and ensuring student safety.

4. Develop organizational practices, such as aligning staff, budget, and time to the instructional priorities of the school.

b. Providing opportunities for sustained and high-quality job-embedded practice in an authentic setting where candidates are responsible for moving the practice and performance of a subset of teachers or for school-wide performance as principal-in-planning or interim school leaders.

(3) Collecting data on program implementation and program completer outcomes for continuous program improvement.

(c) Duration of Grants. - The nonprofit corporation shall also recommend to the Authority the duration of grants to eligible entities according to the following:

(1) The duration of grants shall be no more than five years in duration.

(1a) The following conditions shall apply during the grant period:

a. The nonprofit shall develop a process with the Authority for early retrieval of grant funds from grant recipients due to noncompliance with grant terms, including participation in third-party evaluation activities.

b. Grantees shall develop requirements for program graduates to serve as school-based administrators in public schools located in North Carolina. Grantees shall facilitate the execution of promissory notes between the Authority and program participants containing the terms for forgivable scholarship loans, including requirements for forgiveness or repayment, consistent with requirements approved by the nonprofit corporation and the provisions of G.S. 116-209.77.

(2) Repealed by Session Laws 2019-60, s. 1(f), effective June 27, 2019.

(d) Reporting Requirements for Grant Recipients. - Recipients of grants under the program shall participate in all evaluation activities required by the nonrofit and submit an annual report to the nonprofit corporation contracting with the Authority with any information requested by the nonprofit corporation. The recipients shall comply with additional report requests made by the nonprofit. Whenever practicable and within a reasonable amount of time, grant recipients shall also make all materials developed as part of the program and with grant funds publically available to contribute to the broader sharing of promising practices. Materials shall not include personally identifiable information regarding individuals involved or associated with the program, including, without limitation, applicants, participants, supervisors, evaluators, faculty, and staff, without their prior written consent. The nonprofit corporation shall work with recipients, local school administrative units, and public schools, as needed, to enable the collection, analysis, and evaluation of at least the following relevant data, within necessary privacy constraints:

(1) Student achievement in eligible schools.

(2) The percentage of program completers who are placed as school leaders within three years in the State.

(3) The percentage of program completers rated proficient or above on school leader evaluation and support systems.

(4) The percentage of program completers that are school leaders who have remained employed in a North Carolina public school for two or more years of initial placement. (2018-5, s. 10A.4(b); 2018-145, s. 2(a); 2019-60, ss. 1(a), (f), (i).)