AdvancED District Accreditation is a systems approach to improving student performance results over time. District Accreditation recognizes that increasing student achievment is more than improving instruction. It is a result of how effectively all the parts of the education system - the district, school and classroom - work together to meet the needs of students.
District Accreditation appies the three pillars of accreditation - high standards, continous improvement, and quality assurance - to the entire district to ensure alignment and support between and among all the departments and operating units of the district and its schools. The District Accreditation process provides the district with a comprehensive framework for continually improving student learning and district effectiveness.
To earn and maintain District Accreditation, districts must:
1. Meet quality standards. The district meets the AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems and has a process in place to ensure that its schools meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Schools.
2. Engage in a continuous process of improvement. A district-led continuous improvement process is in place at both the district and school levels, whereby the district (including all departments and support systems) and all of its schools identify a shared vision, maintain a district-wide profile of the current reality, establish plans and assess the implementation of interventions, and document the results of their efforts to improve student learning and school/district effectiveness.
3. Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review. The district has in place quality assurance systems and processes to maximize effectiveness across all departments and schools and to improve student performance. The district engages in regular internal self-review and hosts an external review once every five years.