Friday, March 7, 2008
DOE reviews high school
Assistant Superintendent Diana Rigby spoke to the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on February 26 about a recent routine visit by the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) to review the special education and English Language Learners services at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS). The Coordinated Program Review audit is performed periodically to ensure school programs continue to comply with state regulations.
In February, the DOE group came to review student records and interview staff, administration and parents that are part of the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (SPED PAC). The state will provide feedback from the visit with a draft report, a review and a final report, and the school will have a year to make any changes needed to become fully compliant with state requirements.
Rigby said that past audits had found areas where the school was not in full compliance, but she said the district had greatly improved, “Now there was much more communication with parents, there is a much better atmosphere and the staff is much happier.”
Principal Peter Badalament said that during the exit interview, the auditors praised the CCHS team for “the high level of responsiveness.” Superintendent Brenda Finn commended the team of teachers, guidance counselors and administrators that had worked hard to gather data for this review.
The 2001 DOE report can be seen online at: www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/. ∆
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