District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)
Each year, consistent with regulatory requirements, Medford Public Schools updates the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan. The intent of this process is for school leaders to plan for and provide a general education program that is able to accommodate students’ diverse learning needs and avoid unnecessary referrals to special education.
Chapter 71 Section 38Q1/2
A school district shall adopt and implement a curriculum accommodation plan to assist principals in ensuring that all efforts have been made to meet students’ needs in regular education. The plan shall be designed to assist the regular classroom teacher in analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all children in the regular classroom and in providing appropriate services and support within the regular education program including, but not limited to, direct and systematic instruction in reading and provision of services to address the needs of children whose behavior may interfere with learning. The curriculum accommodation plan shall include provisions encouraging teaching mentoring and collaboration and parental involvement.
Chapter 71 Section 59C amendment
The school council, including the school principals, shall meet regularly and shall assist in the identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school, make recommendations to the principal for the development, implementation and assessment of the curriculum accommodation plan required pursuant to section 38Q1/2, shall assist in the review of the annual school budget, and in the formulation of a school improvement plan, as provided below
The following is the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan, which presents an overview of the efforts of the Medford Public Schools to continually strengthen and improve the general education program for the benefit of all students. Each fall Principals will work in cooperation with school councils to adopt a Building Curriculum Accommodation Plan that builds on the initiatives put forth in the DCAP.
The DCAP is regularly reviewed and revised to reflect district changes.