BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned the Texas Education Agency will conduct an on-site visit to BISD on October 28-November 1 as part of an investigation into complaints of systemic cheating on tests and other matters.
KFDM has obtained a letter the TEA sent to the district, indicating it's looking into special education and other areas.
According to the letter, the TEA team will talk with the Special Education Director, visit the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Detention Center, visit Amelia Elementary School, Vincent Middle School, the Paul Brown Alternative Center, Ozen High School, West Brook High School, Central High School and the Juvenile Alternative Education Academy.
Click here to read the entire Texas Education Agency letter to BISD
From Texas Education Agency:
Dear Dr. Chargois:
The purpose of this letter is to provide written notification to the Beaumont Independent School District of an on-site visit from the Texas Education Agency that will occur October 28- November 1, 2013. Selection of local education agencies (LEAs) for on-site program effectiveness reviews is based on a review of Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) results, residential facility (RF) tracker data analysis, and longitudinal student performance and program effectiveness data. On-site monitoring is designed to examine the origins of continuing low performance and program effectiveness concerns, and identify systemic concerns that may be impacting student performance.
The Beaumont ISD was selected for an on-site review due to the identification of substantial, imminent, or ongoing risks across programs, as reflected in current and/or longitudinal LEA data. For 2013-2014, the Beaumont ISD is staged for interventions at a stage 2 for special education and stage 4 for RF monitoring.
Additionally, while conducting the review, the team will investigate allegations received in complaints from parents and staff. The investigation will center on the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Alternative Program. As part of its ongoing investigation, members of the special investigation team will also conduct investigative activities pertaining to the matters outlined in the June 14, 2013 notice.
The TEA on-site team will conduct interviews and focus group discussions with LEA staff and stakeholders, review records, conduct additional field work regarding the development and implementation of the improvement and corrective action plans associated with these interventions, and will review data related to plan implementation. The LEA may be required to submit additional information to assist in preparation for the on-site activities.
The on-site team will arrive on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. and will depart on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The On-site Investigations Procedures Manual, which is found on the TEA Program Monitoring and Interventions website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/pmi provides additional information about the on-site process.
Susan Marek from the TEA Division of Program Monitoring and Interventions will serve as the chairperson for the on-site review. Dr. Marek has been in contact with you to schedule the visit and confirm details of the investigation, and she will continue to work with you to develop a detailed itinerary of the visit. If you have questions regarding this correspondence, please contact Susan Marek at (512) 463-5226 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have additional questions regarding these interventions, please contact Judy Struve at email@example.com. We appreciate your assistance in the implementation of the on-site review and your ongoing support of all students.
Sincerely, Michael Greenwalt, Ed.D. Director, Program Monitoring and Interventions
cc: Susan Barefield, Special Education Contact, Beaumont ISO
Danny Lovett, Executive Director, Region 5 Education Service Center (ESC)
Cindy Fussell, Special Education Contact, Region 5 ESC
Monica Mahfouz, Performance-Based Monitoring Contact, Region 5 ESC
Sally Partridge, Accreditation and School Improvement, TEA
Emi Johnson, Special Investigations, TEA
Gene Lenz, Federal and State Education Policy, TEA