North Grove Elementary
2010-2011
 
Why does accreditation matter?
  • Accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students.  AdvancED insists on a relentless pursuit of excellence – for itself and for the institutions it accredits. This ethic of excellence ensures that institutions will find rich benefits from accreditation and that parents can confidently make informed decisions about their children’s education, knowing their child’s school is accredited. Accreditation matters because our students deserve the highest level of educational excellence possible.
  • Educational institutions that engage in AdvancED Accreditation will:
    • Unite with a global network committed to standards of educational excellence.
    • Earn the distinction of quality through the recognized seal of AdvancED accreditation.
    • Experience a unified, clear, and powerful accreditation process with a scalable and sustainable evaluation of education  quality.
    • Receive external and objective validation of the areas in which they’re doing well, and the areas for continuous improvement.
    • Benefit from AdvancED research that shapes educational policy and improves learning practices.
    • Experience a state-of-the-art web-based accreditation system that is continuously being upgraded and improved.
    • Hear the best available ideas and thinking on education practices and trends through innovative products, educational  technologies, and the collective knowledge of peers.
    • Benefit from shared expertise and powerful professional learning through local and global workshops, training,  conferences, and personalized service.
  • Students and their parents will:
    • Experience ease in transferring credits from one school to  another.
    • Gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships,  postsecondary education and military programs that require  students attend an accredited institution.
    • Benefit from their institution or educational system’s commitment to raising student performance and accountability.

 
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  • Standard 1: Vision and Purpose
    • The school establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students and the effectiveness of the school.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it commits to a shared purpose and direction. The school establishes expectations for student learning aligned with the school’s vision that is supported by school personnel and external stakeholders. These expectations serve as the focus for assessing student performance and school effectiveness. The school’s vision guides allocations of time and human, material, and fiscal resources.
  • Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
    • The school provides governance and leadership that promote student performance and school effectiveness.
    • A school is successful inmeeting this standard when it has leaders who are advocates for the school’s vision and improvement efforts. The leaders provide direction and allocate resources to implement curricular and co-curricular programs that enable students to achieve expectations for their learning. Leaders encourage collaboration and shared responsibility for school improvement among stakeholders. The school’s policies, procedures, and organizational conditions ensure equity of learning opportunities and support for innovation.
  • Standard 3: Teaching and Learning
    • The school provides research-based curriculum and instructional methods that facilitate achievement for all students.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it implements a curriculum based on clear and measurable expectations for student learning that provides opportunities for all students to acquire requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Teachers use proven instructional practices that actively engage students in the learning process. Teachers provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world situations. Teachers give students feedback to improve their performance.
  • Standard 4: Documenting and Using Results
    • The school enacts a comprehensive assessment system that monitors and documents performance and uses these results to improve student performance and school effectiveness.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it uses a comprehensive assessment system based on clearly defined performance measures. The system is used to assess student performance on expectations for student learning, evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction, and determine interventions to improve student performance. The assessment system yields timely and accurate information that is meaningful and useful to school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders in understanding student performance, school effectiveness, and the results of improvement efforts.
  • Standard 5: Resources and Support Systems
    • The school has the resources and services necessary to support its vision and purpose and to ensure achievement for all students.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it has sufficient human, material, and fiscal resources to implement a curriculum that enables students to achieve expectations for student learning, to meet special needs, and to comply with applicable regulations. The school employs and allocates staff that are well qualified for their assignments. The school provides ongoing learning opportunities for all staff to improve their effectiveness. The school ensures compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Standard 6: Stakeholder Communication and Relationships
    • The school fosters effective communications and relationships with and among its stakeholders.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it has the understanding, commitment, and support of stakeholders. School personnel seek opportunities for collaboration and shared leadership among stakeholders to help students learn and advance improvement efforts.
  • Standard 7: Commitment to Continuous Improvement
    • The school establishes, implements, and monitors a continuous process of improvement that focuses on student performance.
    • A school is successful in meeting this standard when it implements a collaborative and ongoing process for improvement that aligns the functions of the school with the expectations for student learning. Improvement efforts are sustained and the school demonstrates progress in improving student performance and school effectiveness. New improvement efforts are informed by the results of earlier efforts through reflection and assessment of the improvement process.