District/charter schools are reviewed every three years through Tiered Focused Monitoring. This review process emphasizes elements most tied to student outcomes, and alternates the focus of each review on either Group A Universal Standards or Group B Universal Standards.
Group A Universal Standards address:
Group B Universal Standards address:
In addition, the Department has reserved a specific set of criteria, collectively known as Targeted Standards, employed when LEA or school-level risk assessment data indicate that there is a potential issue. Identified Targeted Standards are assessed in addition to the Universal Standards.
Universal Standards and Targeted Standards are aligned with the following regulations:
Tiered Focused Monitoring allows for differentiated monitoring based on a district/charter school's level of need, the Tiers are defined as follows:
LEAs in Tiers 1 and 2 have been determined to have no or low risk:
LEAs in Tiers 3 and 4 have demonstrated greater risk:
The Web-based Monitoring System (WBMS) is a collaborative online portal used throughout the cycle that allows LEAs and PSM to review self-assessment data, reporting documentation, and progress reporting activities.
Depending on the group of Universal Standards under review, the phases of Tiered Focused Monitoring are as follows:
Following the onsite visit, the onsite team will hold an informal exit meeting to summarize its comments for the superintendent or charter school leader and anyone else he or she chooses.
LEAs in Tiers 1 and 2, as part of the reporting process, will develop a Continuous Improvement and Monitoring Plan (CIMP) for any criteria receiving a rating of "Partially Implemented," "Not Implemented," and "Implementation in Progress."
The CIMP outlines an action plan, identifies the success metric, describes the measurement mechanism and provides a completion timeframe to bring those areas into compliance with the controlling statute or regulation. LEAs are expected to incorporate the CIMP actions into their district and school improvement plans, including their professional development plans.
LEAs in Tiers 3 and 4 will receive a written report of findings. The Draft Report will be issued within 45 working days of the onsite visit. The Final Report will be issued within 60 working days of the onsite. Final Reports are not issued from mid-June through mid-August.
LEAs in Tiers 3 and 4 will develop a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for any criteria receiving a rating of "Partially Implemented," "Not Implemented," and "Implementation in Progress." Once the report is issued, PSM works with LEAs to develop an appropriate CAP, providing targeted, ongoing technical assistance to support CAP implementation. Both tiers are required to provide written progress reports.
CAPs 2018-19 to Present
Last Updated: April 14, 2023
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