Tiered Focus Monitoring - Week of February 5
During the week of February 5, 2024, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Medford Public Schools English Learner Education (ELE) Department.
The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state English Learner Education regulations. Areas of review related to ELE include the initial identification of English Learners, student placement in ELE programs, parent/guardian notifications, monitoring of students reclassified as Former English Learners and students who opt out of ELE programs, English Learners students with disabilities, English Language Development curriculum, progress in attaining English language proficiency, programming for students with interruptions in their educations, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, caregiver outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring selected twenty families to complete a survey that focuses on key areas of their student’s English Learner Education. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview members of the district’s District English Learner Advisory Council (DELAC), English learner students, caregivers, district staff and administrators.
The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring selected student records for review. On Monday, February 5, 2024, the chairpersons will conduct onsite visits of classrooms with English Learner students at the Missituk Elementary, McGlynn Elementary, McGlynn Middle and Medford High School.
Parents and other individuals may call Judith Magloire, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3571 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Medford Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report on the DESE website.