Holyoke public schools received a district review report on Tuesday from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Cent for District and School Accountability.
“We appreciate the hard work of the review team as well as all Holyoke Public School District staff members who participated in the review process,” Dr. Sergio Paez, Superintendent of Holyoke Schools said.
The District Review Report meeting was held in Malden, MA and contained 17 findings and six recommendations.
Positive findings about the district were reported in the following areas:
· Vision, urgency, and alignment of systems toward improving student achievement
· Major steps taken to reorganize leadership, curriculum, and assessments to support this
· Implementation of new educator evaluation system components
· Efforts to create a comprehensive and fully-aligned professional development system
· Student support services and programs
· Positive results in attendance, discipline, drop-out, and graduation rate data from 2013-
· Passing a budget that implemented major reorganization while addressing a major deficit
· Effective planning for and use of capital funds, and maintenance of our schools
“The review report clearly identifies many areas in which we have made major changes and are developing momentum to improve student achievement and outcomes in Holyoke,” Paez said.
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