By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
You could hear
a big sigh of relief from the Dade County Schools Board room last week when the
AdvancED Accredited/SACS team gave their report on the three days of intense
observation, evaluation and questioning all aspects of the system.
Team leader Dr.
Agnes Smith, from Alabama, reported that the Dade County School System
evaluation scores were “one of the highest” I have ever seen.
reported the Dade County School System scores as follows:
Direction 2.75; Teaching and Assessing for Learning 2.25; Governance and
Leadership 2.83; Resources and Support System 2.75; Using Results for
Continuous Improvement 2.20.
included Equitable Learning Environment 2.9; High Expectations Learning
Environment 3.3; Supportive Learning Environment 3.0; Active Learning
Environment 3.0; Progress Monitoring and Feedback Learning Environment 2.9;
Well Managed Learning Environment 3.5; and Digital Learning Environment 2.4.
Dr. Smith explained
to the board scoring was based on a 1-4 scale with 4 being the best and no one
ever got a 4, which just underscored how good the Dade System scores were.
team will now make their recommendation to the AdvancED Commission who will
meet later this year and advise the system of their decision.
Dr. Smith said
she had never heard of the Commission going against a team recommendation.
The Dade County
System will now make a progress report in two years and do the whole process
again in five years. The accreditation period is five years.
praised the staff at all the schools for their cooperation as well as that of
the citizens and parents who took part in the three-day process.
Dr. Smith had
exceptional high praise for Cherie Swader, Assistant Superintendent who was the
teams’ contact during the long process.