Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Chapter 71, Section 38Q ½ require the adoption and implementation of a District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP). This plan is intended to guide principals and teachers in ensuring that all possible efforts have been made to meet student needs in general education classrooms and to support teachers in analyzing and accommodating the wide range of student learning styles and needs that exist in any school. In addition to a general district-wide curriculum accommodation plan, this plan has elementary, middle school and high school components.
The MGL also encourages teacher collaboration and parent involvement. Chapter 71, Section 59C (School Councils), requires the involvement of the School Councils in the development, evaluation and continuing revision of the DCAP. MGL, Chapter 71, Section 38Q requires professional development opportunities, parent/community support and professional affiliations that teachers may access to support student learning.
This DCAP was refined through several meetings with district administrators and was presented and discussed with each School Council. The DCAP was presented and discussed with the professional faculty during faculty meetings at the elementary and middle schools. At Marblehead High School, teachers discussed the DCAP at department meetings.
Teachers in the Marblehead School District are continuously monitoring student progress looking for opportunities to make accommodations to facilitate learning and to foster understanding. The district is committed to the concept of early intervention and to addressing learning issues in a timely fashion based on a team approach. The district’s goal in this regard is to meet the need of every child, whether a struggling learner or one who is exceeding grade level expectations.
The Possible Curriculum Accommodations are a list of strategies and other actions from which teachers and collaboration staff may select appropriate accommodations for individual students. The list includes suggestions for accommodating concerns about academic progress as well as strategies and interventions intended to resolve social and behavioral issues.