Level 5 Schools and Districts

John Avery Parker Elementary School (New Bedford)

On August 18, 2017, Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson pursuant to M.G.L. c. 69, § 1J(w) and 603 CMR 2.00, determined that the John Avery Parker Elementary School in New Bedford will remain in chronically underperforming status (Level 5), and the turnaround plan will be renewed for three years.

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Parker Renewed Turnaround Plan
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Parker Renewed Turnaround Plan, Spanish Version
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Parker Renewed Turnaround Plan Letter
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Parker Renewed Turnaround Plan Letter, Spanish Version

On January 15, 2017, Commissioner Chester approved Superintendent Durkin's request to modify the John Avery Parker Elementary School's Turnaround Plan.

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Commissioner's Letter to Superintendent Durkin
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Parker Plan Manager Revisions to Turnaround Plan

On January 6, 2017, Commissioner Chester approved Superintendent Durkin's request to modify the John Avery Parker Elementary School's Turnaround Plan.

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Commissioner's Letter to Superintendent Durkin
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Commissioner's Letter to Superintendent Durkin - Spanish
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Parker Turnaround Plan Amendment
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Parker Turnaround Plan Amendment - Spanish

On May 19, 2014, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education heard the appeal made by the New Bedford Educators Association (NBEA) regarding the Parker Turnaround Plan. The Board voted to accept three of NBEA's proposed modifications. Below is the Parker Elementary School Final Level 5 Turnaround Plan, as modified by the Board.

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Parker Final Level 5 Turnaround Plan as Modified by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Updated Parker Financial Information

On May 9, 2014, the New Bedford Educators Association (NBEA) filed an appeal regarding the Parker final Level 5 turnaround plan. On May 14, 2014, Commissioner Chester issued a memo to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), responding to that appeal. The Board will consider the appeal at its meeting on May 19, 2014.

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NBEA Parker Level 5 Appeal Cover Letter
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NBEA Parker Level 5 Appeal
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NBEA Parker Level 5 Appeal Attachments A-E
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NBEA Parker Level 5 Appeal Attachments F-M
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Commissioner Chester�s Memo to BESE
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ESE Memo to the Board from Legal Office

On April 9, 2014, Commissioner Chester issued his final Level 5 Turnaround Plan for Parker Elementary School. Commissioner Chester has also issued a memo identifying which proposed modifications were incorporated into the final plan.

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Final Parker Elementary School Turnaround Plan
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Modifications Memo

The statute (M.G.L. c. 69, § 1J(p),) affords the Superintendent, school committee, and Local Stakeholder Group the opportunity to propose modifications to the preliminary Parker turnaround plan. The following modifications were proposed by April 7, 2014.

  • No modifications were proposed by Superintendent Durkin.
  • No modifications were proposed by the New Bedford School Committee.
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Modifications Proposed by the Parker Local Stakeholder Group
  • In addition to the modifications the Parker Local Stakeholder Group proposed, the LSG also forwarded the NBEA Recommendations for the Parker School Preliminary Plan
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    NBEA Recommendations for the Parker School Preliminary

On March 7, 2014, Commissioner Chester released the preliminary Level 5 turnaround plan for John Avery Parker Elementary School.

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John Avery Parker Elementary School: Preliminary Level 5 turnaround plan March 7, 2014
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John Avery Parker Elementary School: Appendix B Preliminary MAGs March 7, 2014

On January 29, 2014, Commissioner Chester announced that New Bedford Superintendent Pia Durkin will implement the turnaround plan at Parker Elementary School. The Commissioner will provide Superintendent Durkin with additional autonomies to oversee the turnaround work. More information about New Bedford Public Schools can be found on the district's web site: New Bedford Public Schools

Additional documents related to Parker's Level 5 status:

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John Avery Parker Elementary School Local Stakeholder Group Recommendations
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