The Crenshaw County Public School System is pursuing Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) District Accreditation. Engaging in the district accreditation requires that districts assume two key roles to provide their schools with direction and support for their improvement.
What Is District Accreditation?
District Accreditation is a "new generation" approach to Accreditation by which a system engages in a continuous improvement process with the purpose of creating and maintaining a plan for systemic growth. District Accreditation also aligns all entities within a district and creates an avenue where students achievement and teacher performance become the driving force to ensure that all students and all schools are achieving at new heights.
Five Accreditation Standards for A Quality School Systems
Commitment to continuous improvement is a dynamic effort, consistently requiring attention and revision. We expect this commitment from the educational institutions we serve, and we expect it from ourselves. To that end, we are proud and excited to unveil the new AdvancED Standards for Quality.
The new AdvancED Standards for Quality mark an evolution in continuous improvement and accreditation. While leveraging accreditation as a powerful tool for driving effective practices in support of student learning, these research-based Standards also emphasize teaching and learning; share embedded common themes across Standards; and address students' ability to successfully develop learning, thinking, and life skills as critical elements of student achievement.
AdvancED Standards for Quality
Standard 1: Purpose and Direction
Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning
Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement
Benefits of District Accreditation
Creates a unified system
Develops an understanding and appreciation for one another's roles and responsibilities--value
Refines strategies/processes for continuous improvement
Focuses on increasing student achievement and enhancing teacher performance through data-driven instruction
Cost effective--paying for one Review Team every five years instead of one per school every five years
Provides opportunities for continuous dialogue between schools and across grade levels
Strengthens professional development and community of learners
Involves stateholders district wide to accomplish a common purpose
Aligned with federal and state mandates for system accountability