As one part of its accountability system, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees local compliance with education requirements through Tiered Focus Monitoring (TFM). All reviews cover selected requirements in the following areas:

Special Education (SE)

  • selected requirements from the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-2004), the federal regulations promulgated under that Act at 34 CFR Part 300, M.G.L. c. 71B (Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972), and the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Special Education regulations (603 CMR 28.00), as amended effective March 1, 2007. Federal requirements selected for the 2009-2010 reviews include, among others, the requirements specified by the federal Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the requirements revised by IDEA-2004 and described in the Department's Special Education Advisories.