What is District Accreditation?

District Accreditation is a significant process that supports system-wide continuous improvement; the focus is on identifying and implementing effective practices throughout the district to improve learning opportunities for all students. District Accreditation requires that we first conduct a self- examination--an internal assessment of the benefits of our current teaching and learning practices and policies; then we allow an outside examination of these district-wide practices and policies to measure the school system's effectiveness. Areas of strength and areas of need are identified as results are compared to quality standards. This is followed by goal setting and action planning for improvement.

AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems serve as the foundation for the process. Accredited school systems are those who adhere to the standards and use them as a tool for ongoing self-assessment and improvement. The five standards address the following areas.

1. Purpose and Direction (Why do we exist?, Why do we do what we do and how will we go about doing it?)

2. Governance and Leadership (Who are the leaders ? Are leaders equipped?)

3. Teaching and Assessing for Learning (How are we addressing the needs of each student)

4. Resources and Support Systems (What are we doing to support the process? Are resources utilized for the intended purpose?)

5. Continuous Improvement (When and how do we determine success? What are next steps?)

To earn and maintain District Accreditation from AdvancED, schools and systems must:

  • adhere to AdvancED standards
  • participate in ongoing self-assessments
  • document results of improvement efforts
  • complete a standards assessment report between six weeks and six months prior to the Quality Assurance Review
  • act on the review team's recommendations
  • submit a progress report every two years following the review
  • host a Quality Assurance Review every five years