We recently completed our external school improvement visit by an AdvancEd team. The team consisted of educators from Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. You may wonder what is AdvancED (Advancing Excellence in Education)? AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research and professional services. AdvancED is the world's largest education community, engaging 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million students.
Why is accreditation important? Accreditation is your assurance of North Platte Public School’s academic excellence. Accreditation ensures a standard of quality among credits, courses and grade level placements between schools and universities around the world. It also validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities. In addition, students in accredited schools become part of a worldwide network of quality institutions focused on student performance.
The external review consists of interviews with administrators, teachers, support staff, students, board members, and parents. In addition, brief classroom observations were completed in over 50 of our classrooms. The review report includes identification of “Powerful Practices”; these are areas the review team recognized as areas we as a district are doing well. AdvancED is a framework for continuous improvement, with this process it is also important to identify areas for improvement. “Required Actions” are standards the team documented as focal areas for our district in the continues improvement cycle. The preliminary External Review Report can be found here.
The external review team recommended North Platte Public Schools receive “District Accreditation”, the district will receive a full report within 30 days and the AdvancED Commission grants Accreditation Status this June.
We feel the AdvancED external review and accreditation process is a valuable learning opportunity for our district and will assist us in our quest to achieve our mission – Student Learning, Student Achievement, Student Success!