BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT COORDINATED PROGRAM REVIEW SUGGESTIONS
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials evaluated Brockton Public Schools programs and services last spring and school officials are now implementing the reviewers' suggestions.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Coordinated Program Review of five key programs of compliance in the Brockton Public Schools has been received and officials are now working to implement a number of new requirements and restructure some programs to better serve the needs of students.
"The Brockton Public Schools provides a high quality education for more than 16,000 students in 24 school buildings each day. Our staff is motivated and professional, and as a system we are dedicated to finding the best possible methodologies to ensure that every student succeeds. Independent reviews are an excellent way to gauge what is working well and what needs improvement in any business or organization," said Superintendent Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D. "The review panel provides some very complimentary responses to our schools, staff and programs, and panelists provided us with constructive feedback on where we have room for improvement."
A visiting team of state educators reviewed the district's Special Education, Civil Rights compliance, English Learner Education and Career/Vocational Technical Education programs and services during the month of March. The team also reviewed the Brockton Public Schools facility compliance for ADA standards and tests of proportionality.
The visits, held in six year cycles, are part of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Accountability System. Brockton's last CPR review was held during the 2003-2004 school year.
The Coordinated Review process included a review of school district program procedures, a study of individual student records across all grade levels and onsite visits by a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Team. The team interviewed district administrators, teachers and parents; conducted observations of instructional sites; and prepared a final report for the Superintendent and School Committee.
The reviewers found that the Brockton Public Schools provide high quality early childhood programs and professional development for staff; work well with students with behavioral issues; offers a wide array of continuum of alternative services; offers Special Education in a least-restrictive environment and has a district commitment to high student achievement, among other things.
The Brockton Public Schools were evaluated on 142 compliance criteria. The reviewers found that a majority of the standards have been implemented.
- The Special Education Department collects insight on each student's individual needs and strengths from a wide variety of sources, including parent feedback, assessment tests, professional evaluations, etc. to ensure that each student is placed in the least restrictive environment.
- Recognition of students' civil rights is a focus of the district, and all school personnel receive in-service training annually to review civil rights responsibilities, including the prevention of discrimination and harassment on the basis of students' race, color, sex, religion, national origin and sexual orientation and the appropriate methods for responding to it in the school setting.
- Brockton Public Schools provides equal access to all programs – academic, athletic and enrichment – to all native speakers and English Language learners.
- The district provides students of all backgrounds with support in pursuing higher education, guidance in choosing career pathways and training, and assistance in accessing trade and apprenticeship programs.
"Brockton is a district that is known for finding new and innovative ways to meet the needs of students," Superintendent Malone said. "The CPR review provided us with a detailed summary of our strengths and a listing of what areas we can grow and improve. We will use the reviewers' suggestions as a tool in the continued development and improvement of our programs and services."