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Leon County School District Oral Exit Report Quality Assurance Review Team District Accreditation
© 2008 AdvancED 2 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
© 2008 AdvancED 3 3 District Accreditation (Systems Approach) District Accreditation applies a systems approach to improvement. It examines how all elements of the school system work in concert for the benefit of student learning. It looks for examples of systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement. Systemic improvement – using and aligning the interdependent functions within and across the district to produce improvement Systematic improvement – fostering improvement efforts that are regular and predictable at all levels of the district Sustainable improvement – maintaining improvements over time
© 2008 AdvancED 4 4 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 District Accreditation, districts must:
© 2008 AdvancED 5 5 Expectations District Meets the AdvancED Standards for Quality Systems Identifies and guides the implementation of a systemic continuous improvement process Monitors its schools through a quality assurance process Prepares and hosts a QAR visit every five years Schools Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools Implement the districts continuous improvement process Participate in the districts quality assurance process
© 2008 AdvancED 6 6 Purpose & Role of the Quality Assurance Review Team 1.Determine the extent to which the district meets the AdvancED standards. 2.Assess the efficacy of the districts improvement efforts. 3.Evaluate the effectiveness of the districts methods for quality assurance. 4.Provide high-quality feedback with clear recommendations and actionable next steps. 5.Make an accreditation recommendation.
© 2008 AdvancED 7 7 Activities of the Quality Assurance Review Team Artifacts/documents review Interviews School visits Observations Professional deliberations
© 2008 AdvancED 8 8 Interviews with Stakeholders During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members interviewed: The Superintendent 84 Administrators 140 Teachers 64 Support Staff 103 Parents, community, and business partners 88 Students 5 Board members TOTAL of 485 stakeholders
© 2008 AdvancED 9 9 Criteria Used to Arrive at the Teams Findings When reviewing evidence to arrive at its findings, the team: Sought a district perspective; Pursued evidence that could be corroborated through multiple sources; Examined the context and capacity of the district in relation to its vision, mission, and beliefs; and Applied the criteria for accreditation.
© 2008 AdvancED 10 Structure of Teams Findings Strengths Strong and effective practices, processes, or systems which benefit the school district Commendations Significant accomplishments in meeting and/or exceeding accreditation standards and requirements Challenges Limitations and/or barriers that may be impacting (or have the potential to impact) the districts performance and effectiveness Recommendations Actions that will enhance district effectiveness and improve student learning
© 2008 AdvancED 11 Strengths Consistently high student performance in academics (A School District); Highly qualified teachers (91.5%); Safe and orderly environment; Communication to stakeholders; District is data-driven;
© 2008 AdvancED 12 Strengths cont. Accessibility and openness of the superintendent; Relationships of board/administration/community; Committed and dedicated teachers and staff; The large number of volunteers and business partners who support and assist the schools and school district;
© 2008 AdvancED 13 Strengths cont. Sense of pride embedded throughout the district and community; Quality professional development; and Collaborative working relationships with post-secondary institutions.
© 2008 AdvancED 14 Commendations The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Leon County School District for: The provision of a safe and orderly environment throughout the district which helps ensure a climate conducive to learning; A superintendent who is highly visible throughout the schools and community and who provides numerous opportunities to dialogue with stakeholders;
© 2008 AdvancED 15 Commendations cont. The provision of high quality systemic professional development at the district and school level; Utilization of a wide variety of methods to communicate information about student performance, the school, and school system;
© 2008 AdvancED 16 Commendations cont. A comprehensive system for data collection and analysis which includes the sharing of results with administrators and individual school faculties; School and system decisions are based on what is best for children;
© 2008 AdvancED 17 Commendations cont. Encouragement of open communication among stakeholders through varied venues; and Recognition of the need to operate a non-traditional high school (SAIL) for students who need this approach to be successful.
© 2008 AdvancED 18 Funding Maintaining, upgrading, and expanding technology Maintaining the high quality of educational programs Maintaining the seven period schedule (high school) Employment of retirees Time to get everything done due to staff wearing many hats Challenges
© 2008 AdvancED 19 Challenges cont. Identifying clear and compelling evidence of what works and what does not work; Responding to the perceptions of differences between the north and south regions; Closing the achievement gap among subgroups;
© 2008 AdvancED 20 Challenges cont. Achieving diversity that is representative of the school community; and Moving from shared, common beliefs to shared, common behavior.
© 2008 AdvancED 21 Recommendations The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Leon County School District : Identify, implement, and monitor additional strategies to close the achievement gap while maintaining high expectations for all students; Develop a comprehensive District Strategic Plan which includes all annual performance goals to be utilized as the foundation for school improvement plans. The Strategic Plan should be reviewed and revised on an annual basis;
© 2008 AdvancED 22 Recommendations cont. Formalize system-wide curriculum maps, pacing guides, and formative assessments in core subject areas; and Review the organizational structure of the district in order to effectively manage the many requirements and processes of the system.
© 2008 AdvancED 23 Next Steps Written report of findings submitted within 30 days After receipt of the report, the district 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.
© 2008 AdvancED 24 Accreditation Recommendation The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that the Leon County School District be awarded District Accreditation as a quality school system. Once reviewed and approved by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the district and all its schools are granted a 5-year term accreditation.
© 2008 AdvancED 25 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 quality of the school district; and Our congratulations for your progress toward achieving District Accreditation as a quality system.
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