Monday, February 02, 2009

Review Committee Recommends Fayette County School System for District Accreditation

The Quality Assurance Review Team of AdvanceED has recommended the Fayette County School System for District Accreditation as a quality school system.

The announcement was made last Wednesday at 3 p.m. during a called session of the Fayette County Board of Education. The team announced its decision to recommend the school system for District Accreditation after spending three days reviewing documents, interviewing stakeholders and observing classrooms.

The accreditation team will submit its recommendation to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission for review. If the commission agrees with the committee’s findings, the school system and all of its schools will be granted a five-year term accreditation.

During the presentation of its report, the committee commended the school system for its “strong and positive academic learning climate in which teaching and learning are actively supported.” The report also commended the positive and productive working relationship among both external and internal stakeholders, the accessibility and openness to input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders and invaluable resources and support services that the system provides to schools.

Part of achieving and maintaining accreditation is implementing a continuous improvement process. The committee issued five recommendations that it feels the school system needs to address to maintain accreditation. The full report outlining the recommendations is on the school system’s website under eBoard. The public can also listen to the committee’s report on the podcast page of the website.

The school system will submit a report in two years detailing the progress it has made toward addressing the recommendations. This is a requirement to maintain and keep accreditation.

The school system started preparing for the accreditation committee’s visit a year ago by compiling a report that addresses the seven standards needed for accreditation. An explanation of how the district is meeting each of the standards, along with supporting documentation, is outlined in the complete report.

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