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(Neb)-Re-accreditation Team Visiting Chadron Public Schools This Week

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/26/2018 11:22 AM
CHADRON - A 2-person team from AdvancEd, the non-profit organization that is the largest accreditation body for primary and secondary schools in the United States, is in Chadron this week for the latest reaccreditation of the Chadron Public Schools.

       Every school in Nebraska must receive state accreditation, but AdvancEd accreditation is voluntary and shows a school or school district's commitment to quality education.

       Chadron High was first accredited in 1918, but the process has evolved and changed in recent years from being based on such things as quality of buildings and number of books in a library to self-assessment and continual improvement.

      Chadron was one of the first districts in Nebraska to go through the revamped process and became the first in the state and one of the first in the country to receive district-wide accredition instead pursuing the designation for individual schools. .

       Chadron teachers and administrators have been working since the last accreditation 5 years ago on the assessment and improvement plan created by the district as part of that accreditation.

     The AdvancEd team, one member from Illinois and one from Florida, will be reviewing progress on that plan by themselves and in meetings with administrators, teachers, and community members. They will also sit in on classes at all 4 Chadron schools.

     Five years ago, the 4-person team who made that trip spent least 20 minutes in 48 different classrooms and visited with 188 people including the school board, administrators, teachers, students and parents.

     Part of the accreditation process includes the team pointing out areas the district should work to strengthen before its accreditation is up again. Last time, it was to more clearly emphasize student achievement in the district strategic plan and increase "vertical integration" with teachers of all grades working together - both of which were already underway.

       Chadron Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester says her executive summary for this week's visit includes "suggestions" on the areas the team might consider recommending for further action over the next 5 years.

       The assessment team will release its preliminary report at the end of its visit with a full report sent to the district next month and posted on the Chadron Public Schools web page, www.chadronschools.org. The AdvancEd board, which meets only twice a year in January and June, is expected to approve Chadron’s application at it’s January meeting.


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