Students Drum Up Excitement as District’s Accreditation Review Begins

After months of preparation and planning, the School District of Palm Beach County will undergo its re-accreditation process through AdvancED from January 28-31.

Members of the accreditation review team of AdvancED were welcomed to the District office Monday with a performance from the Lincoln Elementary School Drumline. Reviewers from AdvancED will also visit several schools, meeting with principals, teachers, and students.

Additionally, District employees, parents, and business partners will be interviewed as part of the re-accreditation process.

District accreditation is a powerful systems approach to improving student performance results and organizational effectiveness. Accreditation recognizes that increasing student achievement involves more than improving instruction. 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.

The District has been accredited by AdvancED since 2008, a process that required all District schools to meet the AdvancED standards, engage in a continuous process of improvement, and demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external reviews.

All stakeholders benefit from accreditation. District employees benefit because they can be confident that the compliance and quality of the education we provide is continuously, systematically, and rigorously reviewed, updated, and examined.

Students and parents benefit because they know the quality of education in the District meets national accreditation standards. Additionally, accreditation fosters program accountability to the public, and engagement in continuous peer review and improvement.

The AdvancED Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards, and dedicated to helping schools, districts and education providers continuously improve. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 70 countries that educate over 16 million students.

As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the three largest U.S.-based accreditation agencies – the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).