Superintendent of Reading Public Schools, John F. Doherty was recently informed by the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Coordinated Program Review (CPR).
As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of February 10th – 14th. 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 their visit.
The review will address the following programs: Special Education, English Language Learner Education, and Civil Rights. 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, teachers and parents, and observe instructional sites. After the onsite visit, the department will prepare a report for the Superintendent and School Committee with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of 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 partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate 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 website at http://www.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 call the Superintendent’s office at (781) 944-5800 no later than January 17th to leave their name and phone number or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338 – 3700.
A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.
The Reading Public School District is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public.