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Tiered Focus Press Release

Tiered Focus Monitoring Press Release   During the week of January 15, 2024, the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused
Monitoring Review of Berlin-Boylston Regional School District. The Office of Public School Monitoring
visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and
state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education
include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program
(IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil
rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school
programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The
review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students
with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education
program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review,
the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special
Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of
district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Corey Steinman, Public School Monitoring Chairperson,
at (781) 338- 3742 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation,
such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary
arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide
the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or
charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or
charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to
access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.