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
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 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.