AdvancED Accreditation

AdvancED Seal

Dawson County School System is AdvancED Accredited!

Dawson County School System is seeking AdvancED renewal and will host an External Review Team on January 31-February 3, 2016.

What is AdvancED (Advancing Excellence in Education)?

AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research and professional services. AdvancED is the world's largest education community, engaging 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million students. 

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is your assurance of Dawson County’s academic excellence. Accreditation ensures a standard of quality among credits, courses and grade level placements between schools and universities around the world. It also validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities. In addition, students in accredited schools become part of a worldwide network of quality institutions focused on student performance.

What are the benefits of district accreditation?

  • District accreditation is not a standalone process; rather it supports systemwide continuous improvement. Specifically, district accreditation:
  • Enhances a common language of school improvement.
  • Ensures collaboration in planning for improvement.
  • Provides the school system and community with validation and recognition for improvement efforts and recommendations from an external team of professionals.
  • Supports a systemwide approach to achieving results.
  • Integrates and supports other accountability requirements such as those mandated by the state and federal educational agencies.

How does a district achieve accreditation?

District accreditation requires commitment from the system's leadership and school board. The school system and its schools must have in place a quality continuous improvement planning process focused on improving student learning. In addition, there must be a commitment to achieving and maintaining the following requirements:

  • Demonstration of compliance with the SACS CASI Accreditation Standards for Quality School Systems.
  • Identification and illustration of the system's framework for continuous improvement.
  • Evidence showcased of methods being employed to monitor and maintain quality assurance.

An AdvancED External Review Team makes a three-day visit to the school system. The External Review Team gathers data and evidence during the visit by interviewing a wide range of system and school level stakeholders, as well as visiting schools. In preparation for this visit, both the school district and each of its schools must:

  • Conduct and analyze stakeholder surveys from parents, students and certified staff.
  • Analyze and summarize student achievement data from state and local assessments.
  • Conduct a self-assessment of the current level of performance in regard to the five AdvancED accreditation standards (below).
  • Develop an executive summary from the information in the self-assessment.

After accreditation is complete, the school district will submit a progress report in the spring of 2018 to explain its progress in the implementation of the recommendations by the External Review Team.

What are the five AdvancED Standards for Quality?

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

More information on the AdvancED standards are available for download here:
AdvancED Standards