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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Accountability

Site Visit Protocol

In conducting site visits, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) is carrying out the requirements of the charter school regulations (603 CMR 1.00) which outline the ongoing review of charter schools. The Site Visit Protocol is designed to be a resource for charter school leaders, external site visitors, the Department staff, and contracted vendors who may conduct site visits for the Department. It articulates the types of visits, site visit processes, roles and responsibilities of all parties, and expected outcomes. The Protocol is meant to provide useful information about site visits so stakeholders and visitors can know what to expect and how to prepare.

The Site Visit Protocol was revised in February 2016 to reflect new guidance from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office regarding the Open Meeting Law and board of trustees member participation during site visits.

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Site Visit Protocol (Revised March 2016)
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Classroom Observation Form

Volunteer to be an External Site Visitor

The Department seeks external volunteers with expertise in classroom instruction, school leadership, and/or school governance to serve as external site visitors on charter school accountability visits. If you are interested in applying to be a site visitor, please fill out a brief online survey. See below for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about serving as a site visit volunteer.

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Site Visitor FAQ


Last Updated: April 13, 2016
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