The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) announced on Friday afternoon that 201 schools and school systems in 24 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 21 other countries have earned accreditation or reaccreditation, which is the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement.
This evening, we are very pleased to announce that our High School’s Music program has been selected as a Program of Distinction. In the past, both our High School's School Counseling and Visual Arts programs have been awarded this distinction.
Schools that undertake the accreditation process share a commitment to continuous growth and improvement and to ensuring their students have access to a high-quality education,” said Henry Cram, Ed.D., interim president of MSA-CESS. “I commend our newly accredited and reaccredited schools for their commitment and congratulate them on their success.”
The 12 Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school or school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Next, a team of volunteer educators conducts a peer review.
That team makes its recommendation for accreditation or reaccreditation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which votes on the recommendations at its biannual meeting.