BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO UNDERGO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DISTRICT REVIEW
Department of Education officials will review and assess Brockton Public Schools programs and services in November as a part of the Accountability System.
The Brockton Public School System is preparing for a District Review visit from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Center for District and School Accountability. District Reviews are conducted routinely to evaluate education programs and services in public school systems in Massachusetts. Brockton is one of 20 school districts and charter schools scheduled to receive visits during the 2013-2014 school year.
The DESE District Review team will visit the Brockton Public Schools from November 18-21, 2013. The review team will see classrooms, collect data on performance, review curriculum and gather feedback from parents and staff. At the end, they will provide the district with a detailed report on their findings.
“I see this as a very positive opportunity for the Brockton Public Schools to gain unbiased insight into our school system, and I look forward to working with the DESE on this important project,” said Superintendent of Schools Kathleen A. Smith, JD. “This review will help us as we develop a five-year district plan. It is always important to assess and analyze strengths and weaknesses, and I believe the District Review team will provide us with valuable insight and recommendations that will help us to improve our schools for the benefit of our students.”
The visiting team of educators will review all aspects of district operations, including curriculum and instruction, system-wide procedures, professional development opportunities and employment practices, financials structures and student support initiatives, among other things. The team will interview district administrators, teachers and parents; conduct observations of instructional sites; and prepare a report for the Superintendent and School Committee.
The final report, which will serve as a tool in the continued development and improvement of programs and services, will be released next spring.
“Assessments by outside agencies are always a positive experience because they provide validation of what we are doing well and suggestions where we need improvement,” Superintendent Smith said. “I see this as an opportunity to showcase our successes and to collect new ideas on how to better serve our students.”