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[Imagine School at North Port] Oral Exit Report Quality Assurance Review Team School Accreditation
© 2010 AdvancED 2 A Picture of AdvancED World s Largest Educational Community 27,000 public and private schools 30 states and Navajo Nation Department of Defense Education Activity 65 countries 15 million students 18,000 volunteers 3 million plus teachers
© 2010 AdvancED A Picture of AdvancED Dedicated to Advancing Excellence in Education through: 3 Accreditation Standards, continuous improvement, quality assurance NCA CASI and SACS CASI are the accreditation divisions of AdvancED Professional Services Professional development, technical assistance, conferences, consulting Research and Innovation Publications, resources, tools, evaluation
© 2010 AdvancED 4 School Accreditation A national protocol for schools committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement Builds the capacity of the school to increase and sustain student learning Stimulates and supports improvement and effectiveness throughout the school
© 2010 AdvancED 5 School Accreditation Ensures all people, processes, departments in the school work in concert Strengthens efforts to meet accountability requirements Encourages growth beyond compliance to achieve excellence Promotes continuous not episodic improvement
© 2010 AdvancED 6 Pillars of Accreditation 1.Meet the AdvancED Quality Standards 2.Engage in Continuous Improvement 3.Demonstrate Quality Assurance through Internal and External Review To earn and maintain accreditation, schools must:
© 2010 AdvancED 7 Purpose & Role of the Quality Assurance Review Team 1.Determine the extent to which the school meets the AdvancED standards. 2.Assess the efficacy of the schools improvement efforts. 3.Evaluate the effectiveness of the schools methods for quality assurance. 4.Provide high-quality feedback with clear required actions and next steps. 5.Make an accreditation recommendation.
© 2010 AdvancED 8 Activities of the Quality Assurance Review Team Artifacts/documents review Interviews School visits Observations Professional deliberations
© 2010 AdvancED 9 Interviews with Stakeholders During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members interviewed: 4 Administrators & Leadership Team 17 Teachers 5 Support Staff 6 Parents and Community Members 2 Other (District Contact, Imagine Contact) 26 Students TOTAL of 60 stakeholders
© 2010 AdvancED 10 Criteria Used to Arrive at the Teams Findings When reviewing evidence to arrive at its findings, the team: Sought a school-wide perspective; Pursued evidence that could be corroborated through multiple sources; Examined the context and capacity of the school in relation to its vision, mission, and beliefs; and Applied the criteria for accreditation.
© 2010 AdvancED 11 Summary of Teams Findings Commendations Significant accomplishments in meeting and/or exceeding accreditation standards and requirements Required actions Actions that will enhance school effectiveness and improve student learning; required actions must be addressed by the school as part of its continuing accreditation activities
© 2010 AdvancED 12 Commendations The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Imagination School of North Port for: Family culture and its positive effects on all stakeholders Effective foundation for the development of student performance and achievement Embedded collaboration and empowerment of stakeholders. Seamless communication between the Sarasota district office, Imagine Schools LLC, and Imagine School at North Port. Faculty efforts on curriculum development. Articulation practices, professional support and feedback focused on student improvement.
© 2010 AdvancED 13 Commendations The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Imagination School of North Port for: Data driven focus on student performance. Teaming that assists in outlining differentiated instruction. A professional development culture through effective resource allocation. Safe and engaging school environment created by a high quality and professional staff. Open communication among all stakeholders Trusting relationships with all stakeholders Commitment to the practice of school evaluations to ensure the cycle of continuous improvement
© 2010 AdvancED 14 Opportunity for Improvement Prioritize, articulate, communicate and ultimately implement goals for increasing student performance. Strengthen the established professional learning communities to incorporate a continuous cycle of data analysis to modify and differentiate classroom instruction. A plan for the expansion of a full multi-media center based on best practices. Focus articulation beyond elementary to middle student transition to include high school. Generate a well defined curriculum map in each content area that is aligned to state standards and student needs. Develop a formative assessment plan to assess and monitor individual student growth and outline how to communicate growth to students as well as stakeholders. Expand access to technology tools to enhance differentiated instruction.
© 2010 AdvancED 15 Next Steps Written report of findings submitted within 30 days After receipt of the report, the school is expected to: Review and communicate the findings. Address the required actions. Monitor accreditation standards on an ongoing basis. Monitor strategies for improvement. Submit an Accreditation Progress Report detailing progress toward the required actions.
© 2010 AdvancED 16 Accreditation Recommendation The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Imagination School of North Port be awarded NCA CASI/SACS CASI Accreditation as a quality school. Once reviewed and approved by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the school is granted a 5- year term accreditation.
© 2010 AdvancED 17 Final Thoughts On behalf of the Quality Assurance Team, I extend: Our appreciation for your hospitality, support, and professionalism; Our respect and acknowledgement of the dedicated staff; and Our congratulations for completing the Quality Assurance Review process.
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