AdvancED SACS Accreditation Review
Updated March 10, 2017On March 12-15, 2017 the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) engaged in an AdvancED External Review. AdvancED is the global leader in preschool through 12th grade accreditation services and is responsible for conducting five-year accreditation renewal visits for member school districts. A preliminary report released by AdvancED during a called Board meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 shows that the team will recommend DeKalb County School District receive a five-year renewal of its accreditation following this intense review.
Beginning on Sunday, March 12, 2017, the DeKalb County School District hosted a twenty-five member team comprised of educational professionals from four states (Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama) who visited the DeKalb County School District for the purpose of reviewing internal processes and practices around three core areas: teaching and learning impact, leadership, and resource utilization. During the visit, thirty-one schools were visited, 40 parent/community stakeholders were interviewed as well as 121 principals. In addition, district staff presented on the AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems as well as Superintendent R. Stephen Green who delivered an Overview presentation to the team. Overall, more than 1400 internal and external stakeholders were engaged in the review process.
In the final report, DCSD was recognized for having two Powerful Practices that denote excellence. One recognition went to Coralwood Center for delivering highly effective specialized learning for special needs preschool students. Dr. Green was also recognized, in the words of the AdvancED Review Team for being a “visionary leader who is passionate, supportive, inclusive, instructionally focused, and dedicated to making decisions that are in the best interest of students.” In addition, DCSD scored at or above the average for institutions reviewed by AdvancED in the three core areas that were evaluated.