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Stoughton Schools to Undergo Accountability Visit from the State

The Stoughton Public Schools will be visited by a team from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during the week of January 28, 2013 as part of a routine accountability review.

The following is a press release from the Stoughton Public Schools (learn more about the Accountability process here):

The Stoughton Public Schools will be visited by a team from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during the week of January 28, 2013.  

According to the Department, the purpose of this visit is to document steps that the school district has taken to improve student learning since its previous visit.
School district officials have reported a number of innovations that they have made during the past few years.  

State official Eva Mitchell, manager of the Center for District and School Accountability said that the hope is that the review team members will represent an independent assessment of just how effective the changes have been in improving education for the students of the Stoughton Public Schools.  

Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi, Ed.D. stated that over the last four years the Stoughton Public School District has invested in comprehensive ELA and Math programs for all five elementary schools to insure consistency across the district, and created two district level Curriculum Supervisor positions to spearhead the shift to the Common Core Curriculum and facilitate the move to the new Educator Evaluation System.

The District has also outfitted all of its classrooms with SMART Boards and its buildings with WIFI to ensure that all students have the ability work with the most current technology and that the District is in a position to shift to a one-to-one computer platform for all students in a thoughtful, comprehensive, and cost effective way.  

The District will continue to keep its class sizes reasonable, as the community has prioritized this.

The District has also been effective in sustaining its percentage of graduates who go on to post secondary education at about 94%.

Mitchell said “The report will list several findings and recommendations that the district might put in place to further improve the rate at which good things are happening."

The Center for District and School Accountability is the office of the Department that is responsible for conducting some 40 district reviews annually.  It has the authority to require changes in district policy in some cases of underperforming schools, and works with the states District and School Assistance Centers to provide state help in carrying out those changes.  

All of the findings and recommendations are made public shortly after the visit and are published on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education web site.

Pat January 24, 2013 at 07:13 PM
The above press release from the Superintendent states  “The District has also been effective in sustaining its percentage of graduates who go on to post secondary education at about 94%.”  I am a little confused by this statement. I would hope the superintendent or school committee will direct us the actual link at DESE that contains this information. I have inquired about this claim before and have been told that 94% is the percentage of students that intend to go onto post secondary education, not those that actually do.  I have tried finding the above data on the DESE website and have not been able to locate it.  According to the information I have found, the percentage of students attending higher education to be at 79.6%*.  The percentage planning on going is 92%**.  I have also inquired about the graduation rate and had not received an answer. The DESE states 4-Year Graduation Rate is 82.7%**.    The link to this information on DESE is http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/nsc/gradsattendingcollege_dist.aspx?orgcode=02850000&fycode=2011&orgtypecode=5& It would be useful if the superintendent would provide us with the supporting data for the numbers that are being reported. It would be remarkable to find out that there has been this kind of improvement.  *(latest DESE is 2009-10),  **(latest DESE 2010-11)

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