News Release: DeKalb schools to be recommended for five-year accreditation from AdvancED.

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. – A preliminary report released by AdvancED, the global leader in preschool through 12th grade accreditation services, shows the agency will recommend DeKalb County School District (DCSD) receive a five-year renewal of its accreditation following an intensive review of its academic instruction and financial viability.

A team of 25 educational professionals from four states (Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama) spent four days this week visiting 31 schools and interviewing more than 1400 stakeholders.

Superintendent R. Stephen Green and the DeKalb County Board of Education were notified of the achievement today during a preliminary report from AdvancED, an organization that accredits more than 32,000 educational institutions worldwide. More than 1,400 stakeholders were interviewed during visits to both schools and administrative centers.

The district was most recently accredited in January 2016. The team that visited DeKalb this week will make a recommendation to the AdvancED Commission who will finalize the district’s accreditation in June 2017.

This more comprehensive renewal is a clear example of DCSD’s evolution, according to Superintendent R. Stephen Green.

“Our team is elated that AdvancED was able to see what we’ve known: our staff is rapidly improving at providing quality leadership, enhancing deep teaching and learning for our students, and utilizing taxpayer resources effectively. We have earned accreditation by doing the right thing,” Green said. “DCSD has a clear purpose. We know who we are, and we know who we aren’t. As AdvancED noted: we are taking deliberate and strategic actions to ensure that every child, every day is being prepared and achieving success for their future.”

In particular, DCSD was recognized for having two Powerful Practices that denote excellence. One recognition went to Coralwood Center for delivering highly effective specialized learning for special needs preschool students. Dr. Green was also recognized, in the words of the AdvancED Review Team for being a “visionary leader who is passionate, supportive, inclusive, instructionally focused, and dedicated to making decisions that are in the best interest of students.”

The review team was able to determine several overall themes, according to its report to the School Board. Those include:

  • A laser focus on curriculum and instruction
  • Building trust
  • A sense of hope
  • Layers of purposeful support
  • Intensified communications efforts

In addition, DCSD scored at or above the average for reviewed institutions in three core areas: teaching and learning impact, leadership capacity and resource utilization. “Today is a great day for DCSD – its students, families, employee team and community,” Green said. “We strive to do the best we can for our students, and we are headed in the right direction.”

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