NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION ACCREDITATION
REETHS-PUFFER SCHOOLS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS
DISTRICT ACCREDITATION STATUS
On January 27, 2010, Reeths-Puffer was notified we will be awarded District Accreditation Status in June. The announcement was made by Dr. Jackie Jones, chairperson of the five-member Quality Assurance Review team who visited the district January 24-27. District Accreditation status will apply to the district and all seven schools for five years.
Schools granted District Accreditation are held to seven standards and accompanying indicators that are tied directly to the research on factors that impact student learning. The standards address the following areas:
Vision and Purpose
Governance and Leadership
Teaching and Learning
Documenting and Using Results
Resource and Support Systems
Stakeholder Communications and Relationships
Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Reeths-Puffer was judged to be "highly functional" or "operational" in each of seven standards.
Highly Functional: Evidence indicates practices and procedures are fully integrated and effectively and consistently implemented.
Operational: Evidence indicates practices and procedures are actively implemented.
The NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement is a dynamic school accreditation and evaluation organization that protects the public trust and is proactive in promoting a system of education that:
Enhances student learning and love for learning.
Fosters healthy, creative, and innovative human beings.
Prepares students to live and learn in an ever changing and diverse world.
Provides standards and evaluation services for schools that ensure successful schooling transitions for its students.
NCA-CASI is a non-profit organization, accrediting over 9000 schools divided up into 7 categories: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College Preparatory, Vocational/Adult, Optional/Special Function, and Unit (K-12). Those 9000 schools are spread out over 19 states and also include the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools overseas. At its heart, NCA-CASI is an accreditation, evaluation, and school improvement organization. To become a member of NCA-CASI, a school must meet NCA-CASI's standards, conduct a self-study, and adopt a model of continuous school improvement (also known as seeking an endorsement) that focuses on improving student performance. You can find more details about this process in our Guide for Parents.
NCA-CASI strongly believes that NCA-CASI standards and their application will enhance learning, but there are other benefits to membership. NCA-CASI membership:
Helps schools to focus on improving student performance
Increases the effectiveness of the school improvement process
Provides school recognition that is useful in the college admissions process
Promotes staff development
Involves schools as partners in the formation of regional standards
Provides a framework for accountability
Assists the school by promoting essential school conditions such as programs, services, staffing, finances, and instructional resources.
Finally, NCA-CASI membership protects the public's trust. Schools that are NCA-CASI members have been examined by an outside team made up of their peers, and have had their school improvement plan reviewed by experts.
NCA DISTRICT ACCREDITATION MODEL
District Accreditation is a powerful systems approach to improving student performance results over time. District Accreditation recognizes that increasing student achievement is more than teaching reading, math, or science better. It is a result of how well all the parts of the education system - the district, school, and classroom - work together to meet the needs of students.
Through AdvancED, NCA CASI and SACS CASI have developed shared, research-based accreditation standards for school districts that cross state, regional, and national boundaries. Accompanying these standards is a unified, clear and powerful accreditation process designed to help districts improve the quality of their systems.
The AdvancED standards and supporting accreditation process provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach for a system of schools to support ever increasing levels of student performance. District Accreditation also provides an effective method that educators can use to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and state accountability laws.