State To Review Wilmington’s Special Education, English Language Learners & Civil Rights Programs

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero has been informed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year.

As part of this Coordinator Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of March 19, 2018. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department’s Coordinator Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Language Learners. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators and teachers, observe instructional spaces, and conduct an online survey of parents. After the onsite visit, it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale or ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet Website at http://doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should email the Director of Student Services Ms. Alice Brown-Legrand at alice.brown-legrand@wpsk12.com no later than March 2, 2018. Please include your name and phone number and your desire to be interviewed.

(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington Public Schools. Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau)

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