DESE to Review KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School

October 10, 2017

Caleb Dolan of the KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School was informed by the 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 KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School during the week of November 13, 2017. 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, English Language Learner, and Civil Rights. 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

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 district and 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 here.

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 charter school
office at 617-942-1667 no later than October 30, 2017 to leave their name and phone number,
or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 781-338-3745. 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.


BY THOMAS GRILLO | September 18, 2017 Lynn Daily Item

LYNN — Principal Sunny Liang flew nearly 8,000 miles from Zhejiang province in China to learn best practices from some of the Bay State’s schools.

Her first stop was Kipp Academy where she watched Joohee Baik at work. The kindergarten instructor used “The Three Bears,” the tale about friendly bears who return home to find a mischievous girl asleep in their bed, to teach words through pictures.

Liang was among two dozen Chinese educators in Lynn Monday to tour Kipp’s K-12 classrooms. They plan to spend the week in Massachusetts visiting a number of schools.

Baik asked her pupils if they knew or could read the name of the classic book. When none of the children responded, she promoted them with questions: “What do you see on the cover?” “Bears,” said one boy.

“How many?” she asked.

“Three,” said the boy.

It was the kind of instruction Liang had never seen.

“In China, all learning is done by memorization,” she said. “We need to have children problem solve and that’s where critical thinking comes in. But most teachers and administrators don’t even know what critical thinking is. But here it is, it’s real and I can now see how it’s done.”

Read more here.