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January 14, 2014

Public invited to take part in review of Whittier Tech

HAVERHILL — The educational programs at Whittier Tech will be reviewed in March by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the public is invited to take part in the process.

Officials at Whittier Regional Technical High School said the evaluation will satisfy federal and state requirements that mandate the periodic examination of programs in all Massachusetts schools.

Part of the assessment, called a Coordinated Program Review, will include DESE staff visiting the school March 3 to 7 to talk with Whittier staff and students, said Whittier Superintendent William DeRosa.

He said the following programs will be reviewed: Civil Rights, Special Education, English Learner Education and Career/Vocational Technical Education.

During its visit, the DESE team will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals, observe instructional spaces and survey parents, DeRosa said.

After collecting all of the necessary data, including a review Whittier’s procedures for these programs, the team will prepare a report with detailed findings on each program for DeRosa and Whittier’s School Committee.

To rate the implementation of each requirement, the DESE report will use a scale ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented.” If requirements are found to be not implemented or only partially implemented, Whittier staff must propose corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations, DeRosa said.

Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate any corrective actions into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from DESE if corrective actions are necessary.

Both the DESE’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 online at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the DESE’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call DeRosa’s office at 978-373-4101, ext. 226, no later than March 1 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call DESE at 781-338-3734. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.

If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, DESE will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

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