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Quality Assurance Review Team Oral Exit Report District Accreditation Forsyth County Schools February 15, 2012
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District Accreditation A systems approach to improvement unified, coordinated, and integrated manner in pursuit of a shared district vision Promotes continuous improvement Strengthens efforts to meet accountability requirements Encourages growth beyond compliance to achieve excellence © 2010 AdvancED
AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Systems 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 © 2010 AdvancED
Expectations for Accreditation Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality Systems Identify and guide the implementation of a systemic continuous improvement process Monitor its schools and departments through the quality assurance process Prepare and host a QAR every five years Respond to findings from the QAR Team © 2010 AdvancED For a School District
Expectations for Accreditation Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools Implement the districts continuous improvement process with fidelity Participate in the districts quality assurance process © 2010 AdvancED For a School
Quality Assurance Review
Quality Assurance - External Review The QAR team Is comprised of professional peers with diverse experience and rich contextual perspective Assesses and evaluates district effectiveness in meeting the requirements of accreditation The QAR process provides the district and its community with Important validation and recognition Valuable feedback and direction for improvement © 2010 AdvancED
Activities of the QAR Team Reviewed Standard Assessment Report and District Website Listened to District Presentations Interviewed District Stakeholders Examined Artifacts Visited a Representative Sample of Schools Observed Practices and Learning Environment Collected and Organized Data © 2010 AdvancED
Activities of the QAR Team Engaged in Analysis and Deliberations Sought and maintained a systems perspective Examined the districts actions and results in relation to its vision, mission, and beliefs Pursued evidence that could be corroborated through multiple sources Used evidence to guide discussions, and reach decisions Applied the accreditation criteria and requirements © 2010 AdvancED
Data Collection During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members visited 8 schools and interviewed: 5 Board members 7 1 Administrators 208 Teachers 54 Support staff 89 Parents, community, and business partners 108 Students 5 Other TOTAL Stakeholder 595 © 2010 AdvancED
Quality Assurance Team Findings
The QAR Team The QAR Team delivers high quality feedback by: Assessing each standard, writing narratives describing evidence, highlighting strengths and opportunities for improvement Providing commendations that identify and celebrate significant accomplishments in meeting or exceeding standards Defining required actions to help improve district effectiveness and student learning Communicating findings orally and in writing Making an accreditation recommendation for national review © 2010 AdvancED
Commendations The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Forsyth County Schools for: 1. Your Successes – Past & Present 2. Stakeholder Support 3. Focus – Expectations – Passion 4. Stewardship of Resources © 2010 AdvancED
Required Actions Required Actions The Quality Assurance Review Team has determined that Forsyth County Schools must act on the following: 1. District Initiatives & Operations? SET THE MEASURES 2. Student Performance? RE-SET THE MEASURES! © 2010 AdvancED
Standards Rubrics Highly Functional © 2010 AdvancED The district is exceptional in its demonstration of the standard and exhibits practices not commonly found in other schools. A small percentage of districts have standards ratings at this level. The district is demonstrating the standard and using practices commonly found in other schools. Many districts have standards ratings at this level. Operational Emerging Not Evident The district is beginning to put in place the practices necessary to meet the standard but is not meeting it. Many districts have standards ratings at this level. The district has not put practices in place or beginning efforts to meet the standard. Some districts have standards ratings at this level.
Ratings by Standard © 2010 AdvancED StandardRating Vision and Purpose Governance and Leadership Teaching and Learning Highly Functional Documenting and Using Results Resources and Support Systems Stakeholder Communications and Relationships Commitment to Continuous Improvement Highly Functional Operational Highly Functional Operational
Evidence-Based Accreditation Accredited © 2010 AdvancED Deny or Drop Accreditation X
Accreditation Status Process © 2010 AdvancED QAR Team Provides Evidence via Report AdvancED Accreditation Commission Determines Accreditation Status and Grants Term of Accreditation
Next Steps A written report of the findings will be submitted within 30 business days After receipt of the report, the district is expected to: Review and communicate the findings Address the required actions o Districts are accountable for acting on these Monitor school and system accreditation standards and improvement efforts on ongoing basis Submit the Accreditation Progress Report © 2010 AdvancED
Final Thoughts On behalf of the Quality Assurance Team, we extend: Our appreciation for your hospitality, support, and professionalism Our congratulations for your progress toward achieving District Accreditation as a quality system. © 2010 AdvancED
We believe in the power to transform. © 2010 AdvancED
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