As one part of its' accountability system, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees local compliance with education requirements through the Program Review system. All reviews cover selected requirements in the following areas:
Methods used in reviewing programs include:
At the end of the onsite visit, the onsite team will hold an informal exit meeting to summarize its preliminary findings for the Collaborative Director and anyone else he or she chooses. Within approximately 45 business days of the onsite visit, the onsite chairperson will forward to the collaborative director a Draft Report containing comments from the Program Review. The collaborative will then have 10 business days to review the report for factual accuracy before the publication of a Final Report. The Final Report will be issued within approximately 60 business days after the conclusion of the onsite visit and posted on the Department's website at Collaborative Program Review Reports webpage.
Please note that a Final Report is generated approximately 60 business days after the conclusion of a Mid-cycle Review and is posted on the Department's website at the Collaborative Mid-Cycle Review Reports page.
The Final Report will include the following:
Content:Ratings. The onsite team gives a rating for each compliance criterion it reviews; those ratings are "Implemented," "Partially Implemented," "Not Implemented," and "Not Applicable."
Findings. The onsite team includes a finding for each criterion that it rates "Partially Implemented," or "Not Implemented," explaining the basis for the rating. It may also include findings for other related criteria.
Response: Where criteria are found "Partially Implemented or "Not Implemented," the collaborative must propose corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with the relevant statutes and regulations. This corrective action plan will be due to the Department within 20 business days after the issuance of the Final Report and is subject to the Department's review and approval. Department staff offer technical assistance on the content and requirements for developing an approvable CAP. The approved CAP will be posted on the Departments website at Collaborative Corrective Action Plans webpage.
Last Updated: February 24, 2021
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