Accreditation

District Accreditation logoOn January 28-31, 2018, the District earned system-wide accreditation by undergoing a rigorous process with Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED. The accrediting agency, Cognia, is a non-profit, non-partisan, international organization that conducts on-site system reviews of Pre-K through Grade 12 schools and school systems to help educators and their communities share innovative approaches to improve learning, teaching, and leading.

The accreditation process is a strenuous undertaking which probes the entire system from policies to learning conditions, leadership, resources, and cultural context, to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of every learner. It ensures accountability for all and enhances the growth mindset for the system. The Accreditation acknowledges and recognizes an alignment of overall continuous improvement for a system of schools.

The accreditation team’s 36-member delegation conducted an extensive review of our system during a 4-day visit. Over 1,000 staff members, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and business partners participated in the accreditation process. The District will go through the five-year accreditation process again in January 2023.

Questions about District Accreditation may be directed to Dr. Cheryl McKeever, Director of Assessment, 561-434-8850 or Dr. Adam Miller, Assistant Superintendent, Performance Accountability, at 561-434-8851.

Accreditation: The pursuit of excellence - 2018 Final AdvancED Engagement Review Report

Accreditation Certificate. This is to certify that the School District of Palm Beach County has met the criteria for educational quality established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and is hereby presented this Certificate of Accreditation by the NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Valid through date: 6/30/2023.

Leadership’s thoughts of the Accreditation process:

Mr. Michael Burke, Superintendent, "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope & dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our system."- John F. Kennedy

Dr. Glenda Sheffield, Chief Academic Officer, "Education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment and skills they need to make this world a better place."- Nelson Mandela

Dr. Adam Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Performance Accountability, "Accreditation’s excellence is achieved through an ongoing process of learning and improvement."- Kathy Roberts

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