The AdvancED External Review Team concluded their visit to Valdosta City Schools on February 24, 2016. The team is recommending to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Valdosta City Schools earn the distinction of continued district accreditation by AdvancED for an additional 5-year term. VCS was granted initial District Accreditation in February 2011 from AdvancED. This means that the district and all of its schools are accredited and that Valdosta City Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high-quality standards, 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement, and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The district’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.
The AdvancED Oral Exit Report shared at the Valdosta Board of Education Meeting on February 24, 2016, highlights the External Review Process. The External Review Team identified Powerful Practices, Opportunities for Improvement, and only one Improvement Priority for our district to address over the next two years. Most importantly, the External Review Team's results on the overall Index of Educational Quality score and domains showed that Valdosta City Schools was rated well above the world averages in all areas. The Oral Exit Report is attached below. The External Review Team's full report will be provided in the coming months with the comprehensive findings for our district to review.
District Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides Valdosta City Schools an internationally recognized mark of quality for our district and all the schools within our district. It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.
Parents and interested community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org. Click the files below to review the documents associated with the accreditation process and the Self-Assessment Report for Valdosta City Schools.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm, and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED is the world's leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation to 32,000 schools and school systems across the United States and 70 other nations. 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).