Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Coordinated Program Review
April 28-30, 2015
March 31, 2015 - Mr. Richard Alcorn, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School was informed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the charter school April 28-30, 2015. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.
The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights and English Learner Education. After reviewing charter school procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the charter school leader and board of trustees, with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the charter school must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their charter school improvement plans and professional development plan. The charter school will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the PVCICS office at 413-582-7040 no later than April 9, 2015 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 413-314-6702. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.
About the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS)
PVCICS is a tuition-free regional public charter school located in Hadley, Massachusetts, which has roughly 400 K-10th grade students from nearly 30 communities in the Pioneer Valley. PVCICS is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme in 11th and 12th grades. PVCICS prepares students for academic and cross-cultural success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with state and federal standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS will be adding grades 11 and 12 in the fall of 2015 and 2016 respectively. PVCICS focuses on graduating students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures. For more information, please see www.pvcics.org .