Andover schools have received passing grades from the state in the areas of special education, civil rights and English language learning.

Officials from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education visited Andover schools recently to review several programs and found the district to be in compliance with all criteria reviewed, local school officials said.

State education officials noted that "no corrective action is required at this time," according to a release from the Andover School Department.

All Massachusetts school districts and charter schools participate in the public school monitoring process every six years to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations in three categories: special education, civil rights and English language learning, Andover school officials said.

Each district and charter school also receives a mid-cycle review after three years.

The district is required to submit extensive documentation to the state before an onsite visit and review, school officials said.

In December 2019, state representatives visited Andover schools. After the review of documentation and the visit, state education officials concluded the district was found to be in compliance with all criteria reviewed and that no corrective action on the part the district is required at this time, school officials said.

In 2014, Andover schools began significant work to address the state's findings of multiple issues needing corrective action in special education, civil rights and English language learning, local school officials said.

"I am extremely pleased with DESE’s findings," said Andover Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman. "The 2019 report is a result of the hard work and efforts of Dr. Sara Stetson, assistant superintendent of student services, Sandra Trach, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, and World Language Program Coordinator, Jorge Allen."

Stetson said that this year, Andover schools achieved a perfect report in the 33 areas reviewed by the state, in addition to the federal requirements.

"I am very proud of the work our department coordinators, educational team facilitators, teachers, and specialists put into a deep review of their practices and the development of new processes and procedures," Stetson said. 

"The professionalism with which they took on this work has been commendable," she said. "I look forward to leading the work on Andover's next set of compliance reviews."




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