FPS Coordinated Program Review

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Coordinated Program ReviewDates of Visit: Apr 27 – May 1 2009 : 

1 Coordinated Program ReviewDates of Visit: Apr 27 – May 1 2009 Date of Report September 2009

Program Areas : 

2 Program Areas Special Education English Learner Education Civil Rights and Other General Education Requirements Career/Vocational Technical Education

Coordinated Program Review Report : 

3 Coordinated Program Review Report This presentation is an overview of the 97 page report. The entire report will be found on the district website. The district will submit a corrective action plan to address concerns by October 9, 2009. All items of concern are to be remediated by September 2010.

Special Education : 

4 Special Education With the exception of a small number of concerns, this was a positive review of special education compliance in Framingham. All standards were either implemented or partially implemented. The district sped director has been working proactively with the visiting team since last spring and has been working on a draft of a corrective action plan that will address the areas of concern.

Special Education Concerns : 

5 Special Education Concerns A single special educator at the Thayer Campus for over 50 identified students and a lack of a qualified speech/language provider at the campus. Appropriate space and separation of students in one special education classroom. One FHS special education class had an age span over 48 months without a waiver. Some FHS students lacked appropriate transition plans. Notification of student right at age eighteen was not consisten. Two copies of IEPs were not always immediately provided to parents; the 45 day window for scheduling meetings was not always met due to the new software program.

English Learner Education : 

6 English Learner Education With the exception of a small number of concerns, this was a positive review of ELE compliance in Framingham. All standards were either implemented or partially implemented. One area was noted as exemplary: inclusion of parents/guardians of LEP students in matters pertaining to their children’s education. The ELE director has been working proactively with the visiting team since last spring and has been working on a draft of a corrective action plan that will address the areas of concern

ELE Concerns : 

7 ELE Concerns General education staffs have not all completed the required professional development for working with ELL students; not all staff are aware of LEP students in general education classrooms and/or providing explicit support. ELL students need access to honors level classes at the high school.

Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Requirements : 

8 Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Requirements All standards were implemented or partially implemented. Some of the CR concerns address both LEP and sped students. The special education director engaged Marie Lindahl last spring to assist with a corrective action plan.

Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Concerns : 

9 Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Concerns The concerns in the OCR portion of the report address: Equal access to programs, particularly at the high school level. Guidance and counseling personnel and information available to students in a language they and their parents/guardians can understand Some policies/procedures that are in place are not complete or completed.

Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Concerns : 

10 Civil Rights and Other Related General Education Concerns Other items to be addressed include: Non-directed HS study halls are counted as time on learning, and seniors were released more than 12 days earlier than underclassmen. The student handbooks should contain a code of conduct, disciplinary procedures for sped students and possible sped students, and must be reviewed annually with school councils. One special education classroom back room was also used for ESL students, with no access other than through the sped classroom. Notification to students who may have dropped out must be sent two years consecutively, not one.

Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) : 

11 Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) There were two standards not implemented; most standards were partially implemented. The standards apply to programs identified by the district as non-Chapter 74 CVTE programs. The standards are governed by federal (Perkins) legislation, not Massachusetts Chapter 74 legislation.

CVTE Concerns : 

12 CVTE Concerns Standards not implemented: MCAS and/or appropriate academic assessments, as well as career assessment results, are used to tailor instructional and support services and improve programs. Individuals are appropriately admitted to … cvte education programs within the district. (lack of clear admissions criteria)

CVTE concerns : 

13 CVTE concerns Concerns focused around equal access for all students, consistency in admissions to programs, and providing information consistently and in a language understood by students and parents. Not all students had career plans, not all programs had advisors and/or articulation agreements. Inconsistencies were found in integration of academics, rigor, course leveling and in the explicit teaching of employability knowledge and skills management and entrepreneurship technological (computer) skills

CVTE concerns : 

14 CVTE concerns Other concerns include: Lack of PD for CVTE staff Lack of a written shop safety and health plan All safety items have been addressed. Perkins Act Core Indicators not provided to CVTE staff Lack of support for students of under-represented gender. Lack of waiver/licensure for staff member.

Summary : 

15 Summary Special Education and English Learner Education received an overall positive report on compliance and have been working with the DESE team since last spring on areas of concern. With the assistance of a consultant, the corrective action plan for CR has been in development since last spring. It addresses areas of concern and remediation will be completed by September 2010. Addressing the concerns regarding CVTE has already begun and a number of items have already been successfully completed. This work has also been in progress since the site visit.

Public Access : 

16 Public Access The entire report will be available on the district website. This power point will be available on the district website. The corrective action plan will be available as soon as it is accepted by the DESE.

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