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Coordinated Program Review

by Superintendent Brad Jackson

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has notified the Holliston Public Schools that our school district is scheduled for a Coordinated Program Review the week of May 2-5, 2011. 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’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Learner Education. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, a team from the Department will make an onsite visit during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents, and observe instructional spaces. 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 of Education. 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

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 508-429-0654 no later than April 25, 2011, to leave their name and phone number or they may call Joan Brinckerhoff at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 781-338-3715. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. For persons requiring communication in a language other than English, the Department will make needed arrangements.

Bradford L Jackson, Ed.D., Superintendent of Holliston Public Schools, supports periodic technical compliance reviews and is confident this year’s Coordinated Program Review will be useful in planning the continued improvement of educational services for all students.