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Every five years, the Randolph County School System participates in a process for continuous accreditation through AdvancED. This accreditation process is an exciting opportunity for our school system to learn more about our daily work and to gather a great deal of key information to use in future years.  The information below provides an overview of accreditation, why it is important, and what it means to our stakeholders.

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational Standards. Today the accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.

What does it mean to be an accredited institution?
Do students have everything they need to optimize their learning? Are all students being prepared to succeed in college or their career? Is the institution operating at its best? These are just a few areas with which institutions may be deeply engaged on a daily basis. Even if an institution is doing well, there are always areas that need focus.

The continuous improvement processes that an institution engages in as an accredited education provider include an in-depth analysis of purpose and direction, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, resources and support systems, and system effectiveness.

From classroom observations and stakeholder surveys to diagnostic reviews of student performance, everyone from students to parents is involved in the process of continuous improvement.

What are the benefits for students attending an accredited institution?
Next to a parent, educators are among the most influential figures in a student’s life. The community wants to know that educators are working all the time to improve the learning opportunities for students. An accredited institution pays attention to providing educators the resources and tools to succeed in the classroom. An accredited institution is committed to offering students a rigorous, diverse and sound curriculum instructed by qualified educators. Students also are eligible for special programs, grants, and scholarships.

What does accreditation mean for educators?
The ultimate goal of every educator is to ensure that all learners are college-and career-ready. Educators commit themselves to making a positive impact. Accreditation is an in-depth process of school improvement that empowers an educator to become an agent of change. An AdvancED accredited institution has access to valuable resources and tools that provide information and data about the school's strengths as well as areas that need focus and improvement. Educators are equipped to more effectively identify and implement strategies for improvements in teaching and learning to overcome the challenges they face every day.

How does an institution become accredited?
Institutions seeking to gain or retain accreditation by AdvancED must meet AdvancED Standards. These Standards focus on systems within a school and systematic methods of attaining high student performance and organizational effectiveness. The Standards address preparing students with skills they will need for the future and include high expectations for professional practice. The Standards require demonstrated growth in student learning and achievement; a commitment to developing learning, thinking, and life skills for all students; and formal structures whereby each student is well known. The power of the Standards lies in the connections and linkages between and among the Standards.

Institutions must also participate in an external review, completed by a team of highly qualified external peer evaluators who examine the institution’s adherence and commitment to AdvancED Standards. This review is the hallmark of the accreditation process, and energizes and equips the leadership and stakeholders of an institution or school system to maintain areas of high performance and tackle those areas that may be thwarting desired performance levels. The external review is a rigorous process that includes review of artifacts, interviews with stakeholders, and observations of instruction, learning, and operations.

The accreditation process is based on a five-year term accreditation. It is an ongoing process of meeting Standards, engaging in continuous improvement, and demonstrating quality assurance.

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