School District Receives 5-Year Accreditation

School District Receives 5-Year Accreditation
Posted on 05/07/2019
School District Receives 5-Year Accreditation

The District has earned accreditation for another 5-year period through AdvancED, an internationally recognized organization that conducts rigorous reviews to ensure educational institutions meet high learning standards. The District’s Early Childhood Learning Center was also awarded a separate 5-year accreditation.

“The accreditation process provides us with the opportunity to receive external feedback on our District, identifying our strengths as well as areas we can make stronger,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “I am proud of the work being done by our employees to ensure student success and am pleased that AdvancED rated us as a highly effective learning organization.”

The District was rated on 31 standards in the areas of Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. These ratings were calculated to determine an overall Index of Education Quality (IEQ) rating. The District earned an IEQ rating of 340.48, significantly higher than the AdvancED Improvement Network five-year average of 278.34 – 283.33.

An IEQ of 275 or higher indicates “the institution is beginning to reach the Impact level and is engaged in practices that are sustained over time and are becoming ingrained in the culture of the institution.” (AdvancED Final Report) Areas that were specifically noted for their high impact were leadership, operational processes, and strategic resource management.

The accreditation review, which took place in February, included on-site visits of 19 schools, as well as the Early Childhood Learning Center, Lee Virtual School, and the District’s central office. The review team, which consisted of 18 educators from across the United States, interviewed a total of 698 students, teachers, support staff, administrators, School Board members, and community members.

School Board members will be reviewing the accreditation report at the beginning of today’s Board Briefing. Please join them in the Board Room at 3:30 or on the Lee Schools TV YouTube page for the live broadcast.

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