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1 Fairmont Catholic Grade School Quality Assurance Review Team School Accreditation

2 © 2008 AdvancED 2 A Picture of AdvancED World ’ s Largest Educational Community 23,000 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

3 © 2008 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

4 © 2008 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

5 © 2008 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

6 © 2008 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:

7 © 2008 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 School’s improvement efforts. 3.Evaluate the effectiveness of the School’s methods for quality assurance. 4.Provide high-quality feedback with clear recommendations and actionable next steps. 5.Make an accreditation recommendation.

8 © 2008 AdvancED 8 Activities of the Quality Assurance Review Team Artifacts/documents review Interviews School visits Observations Professional deliberations

9 © 2008 AdvancED 9 Interviews with Stakeholders During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members interviewed:  4 Administrators & Leadership Team  12 Teachers  4 Support Staff  30 Parents, Board, and Community Members  18 Students TOTAL of 68 stakeholders

10 © 2008 AdvancED 10 Criteria Used to Arrive at the Team’s 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.

11 © 2008 AdvancED 11 Summary of Team’s Findings Commendations  Significant accomplishments in meeting and/or exceeding accreditation standards and requirements Recommendations  Actions that will enhance school effectiveness and improve student learning; recommendations must be addressed within two years of the visit

12 © 2008 AdvancED 12 Commendations The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Fairmont Catholic Grade School for: The school has an overwhelming commitment by all groups of stakeholders to the vision and mission of the school, which truly guides the allocation of stakeholder time and fiscal resources. The school governance and leadership is outstanding. The principal has the trust and respect of all stakeholder groups which enables her to guide the school and empower teachers to take leadership roles. Therefore, faculty and staff are willing to go beyond normal expectations.

13 © 2008 AdvancED Commendations Graduates of Fairmont Catholic Grade School are respectful, hard working, and disciplined students who are prepared for future personal and academic success. Technological resources are abundant and well used by students, faculty, and staff. The school’s employment of teacher aides in grades K-3 is noteworthy and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the classroom.

14 © 2008 AdvancED 14 Recommendations The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Fairmont Catholic Grade School : Continue to develop and implement the work of the Trend Analysis and Application Committee as a means to systematically analyze test scores and modify curriculum and instruction. Analyze formal and informal methods of communications to ensure that parents receive the types of information they need to be current in their understanding of classroom and school level academic, faith development, community outreach, and extracurricular offerings as well as opportunities for them to become involved in the school. Conduct periodic parent surveys to assess areas of school improvement.

15 © 2008 AdvancED 15 Next Steps Written report of findings submitted within 20 days After receipt of the report, the school is expected to:  Review and communicate the findings.  Address the recommendations.  Monitor accreditation standards on ongoing basis.  Monitor strategies for improvement.  Submit the Accreditation Progress Report two years following this review.

16 © 2008 AdvancED 16 Accreditation Recommendation The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Fairmont Catholic Grade School be awarded NCA CASI Accreditation as a quality school. Once reviewed and approved by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the school is granted a 5- year term accreditation.

17 © 2008 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.

18 Advancing Excellence in Education Worldwide AdvancED School Accreditation for Quality Systems


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