Presentation on theme: "What is District Wide Accreditation?"— Presentation transcript:
1 What is District Wide Accreditation? AdvancEdLeon County Schools District Wide AccreditationWhat is District Wide Accreditation?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.Ensure Desired ResultsImprove Teaching & LearningFoster a Culture of Improvement
2 What It Means For Schools: AdvancEdWhat It Means For Schools:Schools are no longer individuallyaccredited with SACSSchools participate in a self study withthe school districtSchools evaluate themselves basedon seven (7) Standards and theiraccompanying Indicators.
3 What this Means to the District: AdvancEdWhat this Means to the District:The District evaluates itself and schools based on the seven (7) standards.The District is responsible for insuring accreditation for our system and its schools.As a District, we must demonstrate that we work together, as a system, with a clear focus on student performance and continuous improvement, regardless of our position.
4 AdvancEd Issues & Trends Local Funding - Dependent on Property Tax - Large segment of property is non-taxable- Share resources with local government- State Restrictions millage and use of funds- Constitutional Amendment limits increases in millage rates- Stagnated and depressed property values- Nearly peaked on use of taxing authorityState Funding- State revenue shortfall results in major cuts to education- Decrease in funding but increase in mandates- Job losses and funding cuts to our major local employercuts in state program support to schoolscuts in local program support to schools- Further cuts anticipatedIssues & Trends
5 AdvancEd Issues & Trends 3) Population Shift Migration from south to northUnder populated schools in south of countyOver utilized schools in north of countyEfforts to Attract StudentsMillions invested to provide program and facility equitySchools rezoned to balance student demographicsMagnet programs institutedPublic awareness campaigns implementedStudies indicate busing students far from their neighborhoods might reduce family involvement and student learning, yet cost of maintaining underutilized schools is becoming increasingly difficult to fund in face of diminishing resources.Issues & Trends
6 AdvancEd Strengths & Needs Strengths: The ongoing professional and collegial working relationshipsThe quality of teaching staffOn-going communicationsStrong stakeholder supportPride, ambition, and focus of employeesStrengths & Needs
7 AdvancEd Strengths & Needs Needs: A steady and sufficient revenue source to continue the work of the districtProviding instructional support by expanding the progress monitoring toolsContinuing to increase student performance for identified subgroupsStrengths & Needs
8 AdvancEd Our Self-Evaluation To determine if we meet the high AdvancEd standards:1. The entire district collected evidence for each indicator of a standard.2. Based on the evidence we found, each school and the district administration determined the extent to which we meet each indicator.
9 There are 7 Standards for measurement AdvancEdThere are 7 Standards for measurementVision and PurposeGovernance and LeadershipTeaching and LearningDocumenting and Using ResultsResources and Support SystemsStakeholder Communications and RelationshipsCommitment to Continuous ImprovementStandards
10 AdvancEd Each Standard has a set of indicators: School Indicators STANDARD 1: Vision and PurposeThe district (school) establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the system (school).School Indicators1.1 Establishes a vision and purpose for the school incollaboration with its stakeholders.1.2 Communicates the vision and purpose to buildstakeholder understanding and support.1.3 Identifies goals to advance the vision.1.4 Develops and continuously maintains a profileof the school, its students, and the community.1.5 Ensures that the school’s vision and purpose guide the teaching and learning process and the strategic direction of the school.Vision and PurposeIdentifies . . .CommunicatesEstablishes . . .
11 AdvancEd Each Standard has a set of indicators: District Indicators STANDARD 1: Vision and PurposeThe district (school) establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the district (school).District Indicators1.1 Establishes a vision for the system in collaborationwith its stakeholders.1.2 Communicates the system’s vision and purposeto build stakeholder understanding and support1.3 Identifies system-wide goals to advance the vision.1.4 Develops and continuously maintains a profileof the system, its students, and the community.1.5 Ensures that the system’s vision and purpose guide the teaching and learning process and the strategic direction of schools, departments and services.1.6 Reviews its vision and purpose systematically and revises them when appropriate.Vision and PurposeIdentifies . . .CommunicatesEstablishes . . .
12 AdvancEd Each school collected evidence and evaluated themselves on theSchool Indicators.Each district committee collected evidenceand evaluated themselves on theDistrict Indicators.
13 AdvancEd Rubric Meeting the Standards Not Evident Emerging Operational Highly FunctionalRubric
15 AdvancEd Standard 1 Vision and Purpose INDICATORS In fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional1.1Establishes a vision and purpose for the system in collaboration with its stakeholdersxx1.2Communicates the system’s vision and purpose to build stakeholder understanding and support1.3Identifies system-wide goals and measures to advance the vision1.4Develops and continuously maintains a profile of the system, its students, and the community1.5Ensures that the system’s vision and purpose guide the teaching and learning process and the strategic direction of schools, departments, and services1.6Reviews its vision and purpose systematically and revises them when appropriateVision and Purpose
16 AdvancEd Standard 1 Vision and Purpose Overall Assessment Rubric OperationalThe school system has committed to a shared purpose and direction. The system and its schools have clearly defined expectations for student learning aligned with the system’s vision that is supported by system and school personnel and external stakeholders. These expectations serve as the focus for assessing student performance, system and school effectiveness. The vision guides allocations of time and human, material, and fiscal resources.
17 AdvancEd Standard 2 Governance and Leadership INDICATORS In fulfillment of this standard, the system operates under the jurisdiction of a governing authority that:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional2.1Establishes and communicates policies and procedures that provide for the effective operation of the systemxx2.2Recognizes and preserves the executive, administrative, and leadership authority of the administrative head of the system2.3Ensures compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, standards, and regulations2.4Implements policies and procedures that provide for the orientation and training of the governing board2.5Builds public support, secures sufficient resources, and acts as a steward of the system’s resources2.6Maintains access to legal counsel to advise or obtain information about legal requirements and obligations2.7Maintains adequate insurance or equivalent resources to protect its financial stability and administrative operationsIn fulfillment of this standard, the system has leadership that:2.8Provides for systematic analysis and review of student performance and school and system effectiveness2.9Creates and supports collaborative networks of stakeholders to support system programs2.10Provides direction, assistance, and resources to align, support, and enhance all parts of the system in meeting organizational and student performance goals2.11Provides internal and external stakeholders meaningful roles in the decision-making process that promote a culture of participation, responsibility, and ownership2.12Assesses and addresses community expectations and stakeholder satisfaction2.13Implements an evaluation system that provides for the professional growth of all personnelGovernance and Leadership
18 AdvancEd Standard 2 Governance and Leadership Overall Assessment RubricOperationalThe school system has leaders who are advocates for the system’s vision and improvement efforts. The leaders provide direction and systematically allocate resources to implement curricular and co-curricular programs that enable students to achieve expectations for their learning. Leaders encourage collaboration and shared responsibility for system and school improvement among stakeholders. The system’s policies, procedures, and organizational conditions ensure equity of learning opportunities and support for innovation. While these processes and conditions are being implemented, the implementation is not systemic across the system, and the results are varied..
19 AdvancEd Standard 3 Teaching and Learning INDICATORS In fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional3.1Develops, articulates, and coordinates curriculum based on clearly- defined expectations for student learning, including essential knowledge and skillsxx3.2Establishes expectations and supports student engagement in the learning process, including opportunities for students to explore application of higher order thinking skills and investigate new approaches to applying their learning3.3Ensures that system-wide curricular and instructional decisions are based on data and research at all levels3.4Supports instruction that is research-based and reflective of best practice3.5Supports a curriculum that challenges and meets the needs of each student, reflects a commitment to equity, and demonstrates an appreciation of diversity3.6Allocates and protects instructional time to support student learning3.7Maintains articulation among and between all levels of schooling to monitor student performance and ensure readiness for future schooling or employment3.8Supports the implementation of interventions to help students meet expectations for student learning3.9Maintains a system-wide climate that supports student learning3.10Ensures that curriculum is reviewed and revised at regular intervals3.11Coordinates and ensures ready access to instructional technology, information and media services, and materials needed for effective instructionTeaching and Learning
20 AdvancEd Standard 3 Teaching and Learning Overall Assessment Rubric OperationalThe school system implements a curriculum based on clear and measurable expectations for student learning that provides opportunities for all students to acquire requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The system demonstrates evidence of alignment between the curriculum and instructional practices with systematic implementation across the system. Teachers use proven instructional practices that actively engage students in the learning process. Teachers provide frequent opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world situations. Teachers give students regular feedback to improve their performance..
21 AdvancEd Standard 4 Documenting and Using Results INDICATORS In fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional4.1Establishes and implements a comprehensive assessment system, aligned with the system’s expectations for student learning, that yields information which is reliable, valid, and bias freexx4.2Ensures that student assessment data are used to make decisions for continuous improvement of teaching and learning4.3Conducts a systematic analysis of instructional and organizational effectiveness, including support systems, and uses the results to improve student and system performance4.4Provides a system of communication which uses a variety of methods to report student performance and system effectiveness to all stakeholders4.5Uses comparison and trend data from comparable school systems to evaluate student performance and system effectiveness4.6Demonstrates verifiable growth in student performance that is supported by multiple sources of evidence4.7Maintains a secure, accurate, and complete student record system in accordance with state and federal regulationsDocumenting and Using Results
22 AdvancEd Standard 4 Documenting and Using Results Overall Assessment RubricOperationalThe school system uses a comprehensive assessment system based on clearly defined performance measures that yield valid and reliable results. The assessment system is used to assess student performance on expectations for student learning, evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction, and determine interventions to improve student performance. The assessment system yields timely and accurate information that is meaningful and useful to system/school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders in understanding student performance, school and system effectiveness, and the results of improvement efforts..
23 AdvancEd Standard 5 Resource and Support Systems xx INDICATORS In fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly FunctionalHuman Resources5.1Establishes and implements processes to recruit, employ, retain, and mentor qualified professional and support staff to fulfill assigned roles and responsibilitiesxx5.2Establishes and implements a process to assign professional and support staff based on system needs and staff qualifications as may be required by federal and state law and regulations (i.e., professional preparation, ability, knowledge, and experience)5.3Establishes and implements a process to design, evaluate, and improve professional development and ensures participation by all faculty and staff5.4Ensures that staff are sufficient in number to meet the vision and purpose of the school system and to meet federal and state law and regulations, if applicableFinancial Resources5.5Engages in long-range budgetary planning and annually budgets sufficient resources to support its educational programs and to implement its plans for improvement5.6Ensures that all financial transactions are safeguarded through proper budgetary procedures and audited accounting measuresPhysical Resources5.7Maintains sites, facilities, services, and equipment to provide a safe, orderly, and healthy environment5.8Establishes and implements written security and crisis management plans with appropriate training for stakeholders5.9Implements processes and plans for maintaining and improving sites, facilities, and equipment5.10Provides technology infrastructure and equipment that is up-to-date and sufficient to accomplish the system’s goalsSupport Systems5.11Provides and coordinates support services that meet the health, counseling, nutrition, safety, co-curricular, transportation, and special learning needs of all students5.12Provides student support services coordinated with the school, home, and communityResource and Support Systems
24 AdvancEd Standard 5 Resource and Support Systems Overall Assessment RubricOperationalThe school system has human, material, and fiscal resources to implement a curriculum that enables students to achieve expectations for student learning, to meet special needs, and to comply with applicable regulations. The system employs and allocates staff members who are well qualified for their assignments. The system provides ongoing learning opportunities for all staff to improve their effectiveness, including both professional and support staff. The system ensures compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations..
25 AdvancEd Standard 6 Stakeholder Communications and Relationships INDICATORSIn fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional6.1Fosters collaboration with community stakeholders to support student learningxx6.2Uses system-wide strategies to listen to and communicate with stakeholders6.3Solicits the knowledge and skills of stakeholders to enhance the work of the system6.4Communicates the expectations for student learning and goals for improvement to all stakeholders6.5Provides information that is meaningful and useful to stakeholdersStakeholder Communications and Relationships
26 AdvancEd Standard 6 Stakeholder Communications and Relationships Overall Assessment RubricOperationalThe school system has the understanding, commitment, and support of stakeholders. System and school personnel seek opportunities for collaboration and shared leadership among stakeholders to help students learn and advance improvement efforts and can demonstrate good participation by some stakeholder groups.
27 AdvancEd Standard 7 Commitment to Continuous Improvement 7.1 INDICATORSIn fulfillment of this standard, the system:Not EvidentEmergingOperationalHighly Functional7.1Engages in a continuous process of improvement that articulates the vision and purpose the system is pursuing (Vision); maintains a rich and current description of students, their performance, system effectiveness, and the community (Profile); employs goals and interventions to improve student performance (Plan); and documents and uses the results to inform future improvement efforts (Results)xx7.2Engages stakeholders in the processes of continuous improvement7.3Ensures that each school’s plan for continuous improvement is aligned with the system’s vision and expectations for student learning7.4Ensures that each school’s plan for continuous improvement includes a focus on increasing learning for all students and closing gaps between current and expected student performance levels7.5Provides research-based professional development for system and school personnel to help them achieve improvement goals7.6Monitors and communicates the results of improvement efforts to stakeholders7.7Evaluates and documents the effectiveness and impact of its continuous process of improvement7.8Allocates and protects time for planning and engaging in continuous improvement efforts system-wide7.9Provides direction and assistance to its schools and operational units to support their continuous improvement effortsCommitment to Continuous Improvement
28 AdvancEd Standard 7 Commitment to Continuous Improvement Overall Assessment RubricOperationalThe school system implements a collaborative and ongoing process for improvement that aligns most functions of the system and its schools with the expectations for student learning. Improvement efforts are sustained and the system demonstrates progress in improving student performance, system and school effectiveness. New improvement efforts are informed by the results of earlier efforts through reflection and assessment of the improvement process..
29 Standards AdvancEd Vision and Purpose Governance and Leadership Teaching and LearningDocumenting and Using ResultsResources and Support SystemsStakeholder Communications and RelationshipsCommitment to Continuous ImprovementVision and Purpose operationalGovernance and Leadership operationalTeaching and Learning operationalDocumenting and Using Results operationalResources and Support Systems operationalStakeholder Communications and Relationships operationalCommitment to Continuous Improvement operationalStandards
30 AdvancEd Quality Assurance √ School Improvement Plans developed with stakeholders√ School Leadership Teams implement plans, analyze data to track student performance, and adjust plans as needed.√ School Improvement Central Council oversees all School Improvement Plans, ensures realistic goals and a focus on improvement.* Mid-Year Progress Reports & End-of-Year Review* District Intervention & Assistance Plan and Team√ Staff Development is integrated and coordinated to support school improvement needs.√ Department of Testing, Research, and Evaluation provides meaningful feedback to schools allowing them to assess their progress with students.Quality Assurance
31 AdvancEd Quality Assurance √ Schools and District Departments work together to collect evidence and undergo an annual self-assessment to evaluate how well they are meeting the seven research-based standards of a quality school district.√ A new system of monitoring AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools was developed in addition to ongoing monitoring of school directors and other district administrators in school visits and walkthroughs.√ At the district level, district and school staff members meet under the leadership of the deputy superintendent to review evidence and determine to what extent the district is meeting standards. Information is used to amend plans and allocate resources.√ Information and feedback is provided to the Board at their annual retreat as they develop goals for the following year.Quality Assurance
32 AdvancEd Early Intervention Peer-to-Peer Review Best Practice Submitted on-line.Our Submission:Early Intervention
33 AdvancEdConclusion:● Leon County Schools enjoys a strong, positive and professional working relationship between and among an elected superintendent, board members, employees, and the community.● The district emphasizes the importance of focusing on classrooms and student performance.● There is a district-wide focus on research-based strategies to enhance student performance.● The district supports high quality teaching by well credentialed teachers, a strong teacher induction and mentoring program, and a well designed staff development program.● Community stakeholder input, support, and resources are an important part of district operations.● Continuing efforts of school improvement have become a routine way of work for schools in our district.
34 AdvancEd Our Greatest Challenges: Maintaining quality programs in the face of declining revenues.Finding resources to expand progress monitoring tools in core curriculum areas.Continuing to increase student performance for identified subgroups, particularly African-American, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilitiesFinding innovative, researched-based, cost effective solutions to long and short term challenges.
35 Next Steps Submit our Standards Assessment Report Standards Assessment Team Chair appointed.Chair arrives to plan team visit.Schools and district offices are selected for in-depth visit.Team arrives Sunday, January 25th, and begins its work.Team reports recommendations to Board and Superintendent at open Board meeting on Wednesday, January 28th.
36 AdvancEdWe are on our way to District-wide Accreditation and continuous improvement!