Presentation on theme: "World’s Largest Educational Community"— Presentation transcript:
1 Leon County School District Oral Exit Report Quality Assurance Review Team District Accreditation
2 World’s Largest Educational Community A Picture of AdvancEDWorld’s Largest Educational Community23,000 public and private schools30 states and Navajo NationDepartment of Defense Education Activity65 countries15 million students18,000 volunteers3 million plus teachers15 million students18 thousand volunteers3 million plus teachers222
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 improvementSystematic improvement – fostering improvement efforts that are regular and predictable at all levels of the districtSustainable improvement – maintaining improvements over time3
4 Pillars of Accreditation To earn and maintain District Accreditation, districts must:Meet the AdvancED Quality StandardsEngage in Continuous ImprovementDemonstrate Quality Assurance through Internal and External Review______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________44
5 Expectations District Schools Meets the AdvancED Standards for Quality SystemsIdentifies and guides the implementation of a systemic continuous improvement processMonitors its schools through a quality assurance processPrepares and hosts a QAR visit every five yearsSchoolsMeet the AdvancED Standards for Quality SchoolsImplement the district’s continuous improvement processParticipate in the district’s quality assurance process5
6 Purpose & Role of the Quality Assurance Review Team Determine the extent to which the district meets the AdvancED standards.Assess the efficacy of the district’s improvement efforts.Evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s methods for quality assurance.Provide high-quality feedback with clear recommendations and actionable next steps.Make an accreditation recommendation.6
7 Activities of the Quality Assurance Review Team Artifacts/documents reviewInterviewsSchool visitsObservationsProfessional deliberationsArtifact reviewReviewed the Standards Assessment Report, profile data, student performance results, improvement plans, and other documents.InterviewsConducted interviews with a representative sample of district stakeholders.School visitsVisited a representative sample of schools in the district.ObservationsMade observations of how the district and its schools daily demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED Standards.Professional deliberationShared findings and engaged in deliberations as a team regarding the district’s adherence to the AdvancED Standards.7
8 Interviews with Stakeholders During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members interviewed:The Superintendent84 Administrators140 Teachers64 Support Staff103 Parents, community, and business partners88 Students5 Board membersTOTAL of 485 stakeholders8
9 Criteria Used to Arrive at the Team’s 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; andApplied the criteria for accreditation.9
10 Structure of Team’s Findings StrengthsStrong and effective practices, processes, or systems which benefit the school districtCommendationsSignificant accomplishments in meeting and/or exceeding accreditation standards and requirementsChallengesLimitations and/or barriers that may be impacting (or have the potential to impact) the district’s performance and effectivenessRecommendationsActions that will enhance district effectiveness and improve student learning10
11 StrengthsConsistently high student performance in academics (“A” School District);Highly qualified teachers (91.5%);Safe and orderly environment;Communication to stakeholders;District is data-driven;11
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;
13 Strengths cont.Sense of pride embedded throughout the district and community;Quality professional development; andCollaborative working relationships with post-secondary institutions.
14 CommendationsThe 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;14
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;
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;
17 Commendations cont.Encouragement of open communication among stakeholders through varied venues; andRecognition of the need to operate a non-traditional high school (SAIL) for students who need this approach to be successful.
18 Challenges Funding Maintaining, upgrading, and expanding technology Maintaining the high quality of educational programsMaintaining the seven period schedule (high school)Employment of retireesTime to get everything done due to staff wearing many “hats”18
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;
20 Challenges cont.Achieving diversity that is representative of the school community; andMoving from shared, common beliefs to shared, common behavior.
21 RecommendationsThe 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;21
22 Recommendations cont.Formalize system-wide curriculum maps, pacing guides, and formative assessments in core subject areas; andReview the organizational structure of the district in order to effectively manage the many requirements and processes of the system.
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.23
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.24
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; andOur congratulations for your progress toward achieving District Accreditation as a quality system.25
26 …helping schools and school systems improve student learning AdvancED District Accreditationfor Quality Systems…helping schools and school systems improve student learning