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DESE slams school improvement process

State sees 'no evidence of progress,' locals see 'documentation' issue

February 16, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The school system got "spanked" Tuesday, Feb. 14, as representatives of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education took it to task for not following through the initial goals of its own "accelerated improvement plan."

Several administrators and School Committee members argued they see it largely as an issue of failing to document things the district actually is doing, but DESE Associate Commissioner Eva Mitchell said the plan itself doesn't set "ambitious enough" goals or fast enough timelines, and the department hasn't received evidence even the early stages are being accomplished.

"If there's no evidence of progress and achievement, there is no progress and achievement," she added.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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