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1 AdvancEd District Wide Accreditation A Beginning Guide for Schools AdvancEd

2 What is District Wide Accreditation? Ensure Desired Results Improve Teaching & Learning Foster a Culture of Improvement A powerful systems approach to improving student performance. District is accredited rather than individual schools. Schools and District work together in harmony. Entire school system focuses on improving student learning. System is designed for continuous self- evaluation and improvement. Leon County Schools District Wide Accreditation AdvancEd

3 Who is AdvancEd? A Coalition of Accrediting Agencies: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) AdvancEd

4 Together They Form: the worlds largest education community representing over 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries serving nearly 15 million students AdvancEd

5 Why District Wide Accreditation? Ensure Desired Results Improve Teaching and Learning Foster a Culture of Improvement Leon County Schools District Wide Accreditation AdvancEd

6 Leon County Schools District Wide Accreditation What are the Benefits? With district wide accreditation, the Leon County School District enjoys: 1)Easier student access to postsecondary resources 2) An emphasis on constant improvement 3)Increased/enhanced recognition nationally and internationally 4) Highly cost effective use of resources AdvancEd

7 What this Means to Schools: Schools are no longer individually accredited with SACS Schools participate in a self study with the school district Schools will evaluate themselves based on seven (7) Standards and their accompanying Indicators. AdvancEd

8 3 Core Tasks 1.Ensure Desired Results 2.Improve Teaching and Learning 3.Foster a Culture of Improvement AdvancEd Organizational Conditions Quality Teachers Effective Leadership Quality Information Policies and Procedures that Foster and Sustain Improvement Resources and Support Systems to Sustain Improvement Effective School Districts

9 There are 7 Standards for measurement 1. Vision and Purpose 2. Governance and Leadership 3. Teaching and Learning 4. Documenting and Using Results 5. Resources and Support Systems 6. Stakeholder Communications and Relationships 7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement AdvancEd

10 Standards The entire school district must meet each Standard. The Standards have Indicators to describe or define them. Indicators School Indicators: Indicators for Schools are different from Indicators for the District. District Indicators: Indicators for the District are different from Indicators for Schools.

11 Standards The entire school district must meet the Standards. Each Standard has Indicators to describe or define it. Indicators School Indicators: Indicators for Schools are different from Indicators for the District. District Indicators: Indicators for the District are different from Indicators for Schools. Schools will evaluate themselves based on School Indicators.

12 Get to know the Standards and their Indicators.

13 Standard Indicators A Standard is a comprehensive statement of quality practices and conditions necessary for school districts to improve student learning. Each Standard has a number of Indicators. Indicators are operational definitions or descriptions of exemplary practices and processes. Together they form a picture of the Standard. Standard Indicators

14 FOR EXAMPLE: STANDARD 1: Vision and Purpose The school establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the school. School Indicators 1.1 Establishes a vision and purpose for the school in collaboration with its stakeholders. 1.2 Communicates the vision and purpose to build stakeholder understanding and support 1.3 Identifies goals to advance the vision. 1.4 Develops and continuously maintains a profile of the school, its students, and the community. 1.5 Ensures that the schools vision and purpose guide the teaching and learning process and the strategic direction of the school. Identifies... Communicates... Establishes... Vision and Purpose

15 FOR EXAMPLE: STANDARD 1: Vision and Purpose The school establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the school. School Indicators 1.1 Establishes a vision and purpose for the school in collaboration with its stakeholders. 1.2 Communicates the vision and purpose to build stakeholder understanding and support 1.3 Identifies goals to advance the vision. 1.4 Develops and continuously maintains a profile of the school, its students, and the community. 1.5 Ensures that the schools vision and purpose guide the teaching and learning process and the strategic direction of the school. Start here. Identifies... Communicates... Establishes...

16 1.1 Establishes a vision and purpose for the school in collaboration with its stakeholders. Does your school have a written vision? Does your school have a written purpose? Did you involve your Stakeholders in its development? Perhaps this is part of your School Improvement Plan. Self Evaluation Step One: Find evidence that your school practices Indicator 1 of Standard 1. List the evidence you find.

17 Step Two: After identifying your evidence, use the provided rubric to determine at what stage your school is in practicing Indicator 1.1. Not Evident: Your school does not have a Vision or Purpose statement. Emerging: You are in the process of adopting a Vision and Purpose in collaboration with your Stakeholders, or you have a written Vision and Purpose but it is not yet used for planning and decision making. Operational: You have a written Vision and Purpose that is used for planning and decision making. Highly Effective: You have a written Vision and Purpose that is fully integrated into all your major plans and decisions.

18 Step Three: Continue this process for all the indicators under each Standard. Dont guess. Find the evidence. List it. Standard 3: Teaching & Learning Indicator 3.9: Monitors school climate and takes appropriate steps to ensure that it is conducive to student learning. Evidence: 1. Climate Survey and Results 2. Minutes of Faculty and SAC Meetings discussing survey 3. regarding morning playground activities 4. Changes made to give teachers duty-free lunch

19 Step Four: When finished, review your answers and assess yourself on the Standard. Use the rubric. Step Five: Look for areas where you might improve. Plan for improvement. Good Luck! You are on your way to continuous improvement.


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