EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM BEGINS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROCESSS
Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) is the highest honor a school district in this region can obtain. That’s why Charlotte Placide, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, has initiated the district-wide accreditation process in our School System.
A SACS CASI team will be visiting certain East Baton Rouge Parish School System schools April 19-22 to activate the process, which may take several months to complete. The Council’s Standards Assessment Report, a self-assessment report, serves as the primary resource for the SACS Quality Assurance Review Team’s review. In the report, which engages the school community in an in-depth assessment of each of SACS’ seven AdvancED standards, areas of strength and opportunities for improvement are identified.
Founded in 1895, SACS CASI accredits more than 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. AdvancED also is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
Benefits of District Accreditation to Students
Students who attend a school in a school district accredited by NCA CASI or SACS CASI can rest assured the school is committed to raising student performance and held accountable for improving student learning on a continual basis.
Accreditation means that students have:
Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods in order to increase student performance
Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum
Access to a range of student activities and support services
Transferability of credits from school to school
Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post secondary education, and military programs that require accreditation
At this time in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, all high schools are SACS CASI accredited. In addition, McKinley Middle School is in the accreditation process.
ADVANCED ACREDITATION STANDARDS FOR QUALITY SCHOOL SYSTEMS
AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems
To achieve accreditation, a system must meet the Standards for Accreditation for a Quality School System:
Standard 1: Vision and Purpose
The system establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the system.
Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
The system provides governance and leadership that promote student performance and system effectiveness.
Standard 3: Teaching and Learning
The system provides research-based curriculum and instructional methods that facilitate achievement for all students.
Standard 4: Documenting and Using Results
The system enacts a comprehensive assessment system that monitors and documents performance and uses these results to improve student performance and school effectiveness.
Standard 5: Resources and Support Systems
The system has the resources and services necessary to support its vision and purpose and to ensure achievement for all students.
Standard 6: Stakeholder Communication and Relationships
The system fosters effective communications and relationships with and among its stakeholders.
Standard 7: Commitment to Continuous Improvement
The system establishes, implements, and monitors a continuous process of improvement that focuses on student performance.