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School Accreditation

What is . AdvancED’s. accreditation?. All schools in Nebraska are required to be . accreditated. . . AdvancED. is the largest accreditation agency, working with schools all across the world. . AdvancED.

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School Accreditation

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School AccreditationSlide2

What is AdvancED’s accreditation?

All schools in Nebraska are required to be




is the largest accreditation agency, working with schools all across the world.


brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of three US-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).



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.Slide3

What will we find?

By participating in this process, the review team will tell us we are doing well.

These are referred to as our Powerful Practices.

We will also be given some areas of weaknesses to improve upon.

These are our Required Actions. We, as a school, have to respond to these following our visit.

This will help provide us with some focus for our school improvement for the upcoming cycle. Slide4

The process


accreditation schools are involved in a 5-year-cycle working toward school improvement.

Every 5


year, the school hosts an external visit where a team of educators rate the school’s processes of school improvement.


role is


Take stock of themselves in relation to a set of research based quality standards

Establish a vision, assess their current reality, implement and improvement plan, monitor progress and evaluate results

Enhance the school’s best thinking with the insights and perspectives of an external review team.

This is year five for our schools. Our external visit is scheduled for March 19-20. All of our documentation is due 4 week prior to allow the team time to review our materials. Slide5

External Visit

The external team will be rating us based upon five standards

Standard 1: Purpose and Direction

Standard 2: Governance and Leadership

Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning

Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems

Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement

There are a total of 33 indicators under each standard. Early Childhood has some more indicators.

Workbook containing the standards

are located at:




Also during the external visit

The team will be doing interviews with students, staff, and community members.

The team will also be conducting 20 minute classroom observations. These are observations looking for student engagement/focus. The form they use for their observations is called the ELEOT. The link for the form is




Looking at the form, which area usually receives the lowest scores?Slide7

School’s responsibilities

We need your help

The CIP team will be preparing a self-assessment, improvement plan, executive summary, assurances, and student performance and stakeholder diagnostic documents.

There will be surveys of the staff, students, and community members.

We also need to gather evidence/documentation to show the external team that we are meeting the indicators/standards.


refers to these as artifacts. The artifacts we need will have to come from all three buildings, so we need help from everyone. Slide8


To get an idea of what some sample artifacts are, look at the Self Assessment Workbook for Schools and at the end of each Standard are some examples.

Workbook can

be found





What we are asking of you…

When the staff surveys come out, please fill it out. If you are a parent of a student, don’t duplicate the survey

For today, familiarize yourself with the standards/indicators and determine if you have any artifacts we can use. If you have them, email them to me to tell me which standard/indicator they align to, and which building they apply to (artifacts can apply to more than one indicator



Review the school improvement website and look through the artifacts present (Standards 3-5) to identify which building the current artifacts apply to.




Continually review your practices to see if you have any of these artifacts.