ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : LS-10-008

Date Created : 08/28/2009

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
On-campus Standards Review (OSR)

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. 6-15-202

Contact Person:
Frank Wimer

Phone Number:
501-682-4380

E-mail:
Frank.Wimer@arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) shall conduct an On-campus Standards Review (OSR) of each school district no less than one (1) time every four (4) years as mandated by Ark. Code Ann. 6-15-202 (e)(1). ADE may visit any school campus for an OSR at other times as determined necessary by the Commissioner of Education or the State Board of Education.

Monitoring reviews for the 2009-2010 school year will occur between October 2009 and April 2010. Please refer to the attachment indicating the school year in which school districts are scheduled for the four (4) year monitoring. Team leaders from the Standards Assurance Unit (SAU) will contact district superintendents by telephone in advance of the OSR to outline the monitoring review procedures and to confirm date and time. Following contact, the team leader will send the superintendent a packet with details to assist districts and school officials in preparing for the monitoring review.

An OSR Checklist (see attachment) will be used during the monitoring review. For each item on the checklist, support documentation should be prepared by the district for the OSR team. Checklist documentation for review should be organized by item number to facilitate the monitoring review process. An administrative staff member or other licensed district personnel familiar with the process must be available for questions during OSR.

ADE Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts, Standard XVIII, Section 23.03, require the ADE to annually review all reports and investigate suspected deficiencies in meeting standards. Each year ADE shall conduct an OSR of a selected number of school districts and review those schools for compliance with the standards. The ADE shall notify all schools not meeting the Standards for Accreditation of deficiencies by May 15 of each year. In the year of the OSR, the assignment of the annual accreditation status will result from the Cycle 2 data submission and the OSR.

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