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Norton City Public SchoolsOral Exit ReportApril 28, 2010Quality Assurance Review TeamDistrict Accreditation

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World’s Largest Educational Community

  • 27thousand public and private schools

    • Across the United States

    • 65 countries (including Latin America)

    • Department of Defense Education Activity

  • 15 million students

  • 16 thousand volunteers

  • 3 million plus teachers



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Public, Non Public, International, Post-Secondary

  • Professional Learning

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  • Innovation

    Research, Knowledge Management, Product Development, Marketing

  • Information & Education Technologies

    • IT Infrastructure, Management System, Education Technologies, Development and Support


District accreditation

District Accreditation

A national protocol for school districts committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement

Builds capacity of the district and its schools to increase and sustain student learning

Stimulates and improves effectiveness and efficiency throughout the organization


District accreditation1

District Accreditation

Applies a systems approach to improvement

Examines how all elements (people, processes, departments and operations) of the district work in a unified, coordinated and integrated way in pursuit of a shared vision

Promotes improvement that is continuous not episodic

Strengthens efforts to meet accountability requirements and encourages growth beyond compliance to achieve excellence


Cornerstones of accreditation

Cornerstones of Accreditation

Meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards forQuality School Systems

Engage in Continuous Improvement

Demonstrate Quality Assurance through Internal and External Review

To earn and maintain District Accreditation, districts must:


Advanced accreditation standards for quality systems

AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Systems

Vision and Purpose

Governance and Leadership

Teaching and Learning

Documenting and Using Results

Resources and Support Systems

Stakeholder Communications and Relationships

Commitment to Continuous Improvement


The district is expected to

The District is Expected to….

Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality Systems

Identify and guide the implementation of a systemic continuous improvement process

Monitor all schools and departments through a quality assurance process

Prepare and host a Quality Assurance Review (QAR) every five years

Respond to the required actions from the QAR team

Schools are expected to

Schools are Expected to ….

  • Meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Schools

  • Implement the district’s continuous improvement process

  • Participate in the district’s quality assurance process

Quality assurance external review process

Quality AssuranceExternal Review Process


Every five years the district hosts a visit by a national team of professional peers

  • The team represents NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and AdvancED

  • The team meets with district stakeholders and visits a representative sample of schools

  • The team presents high quality feedback and makes an accreditation recommendation

  • The Review provides district and community with validation and recognition


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Quality Assurance External Review Process

The team examines the effectiveness of the district in meeting the requirements of accreditation

  • Determines the extent to which the district meets the AdvancED quality standards

  • Evaluates the value and impact of the district’s improvement efforts

  • Judges the efficacy of the district’s methods for quality assurance

Qar team activities

QAR Team Activities

The Team Collects Data

Listens to district presentations

Interviews samples of all district stakeholder groups

Examines relevant documents and artifacts

Visits a representative sample of schools

Observes practices and the learning environment

The Team Engages in Professional Deliberations

Uses evidence to guide analysis, discussion, and decision-making


Data collection

Data Collection

During the on-site Quality Assurance Review, team members visited twoschools and interviewed:

  • 5 Board members

  • 6 Administrators

  • 22 Teachers

  • 3 Support staff

  • 13 Parents, community, and business partners

  • 15 Students

    TOTAL of 64 stakeholders

Criteria used to arrive at the team s findings

Criteria Used to Arrive at the Team’s Findings

  • When reviewing evidence to arrive at its findings, the team:

    • Sought a district perspective;

    • Pursued evidence that could be corroborated through multiple sources;

    • Examined the context and capacity of the district in relation to its vision, mission, and beliefs; and

    • Applied the criteria for accreditation.

The qar team

The QAR Team

Delivers high quality feedback

  • Assesses each standard and writes narratives that describe evidence, highlight strengths and opportunities for improvement

  • Provides commendations that identify and celebrate noteworthy accomplishments

  • Defines required actions to help the district improve

    Communicates findings in oral and written formats

    Makes an accreditation recommendation for national review

Team s findings

Team’s Findings


  • Significant accomplishments in meeting and/or exceeding accreditation standards and requirements

    Required Actions

  • Actions that will enhance district effectiveness and improve student learning



The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Norton City Public Schools for:

  • Exemplary leadership provided by the Superintendent.

    Recognizing that this is his first year in the division, plans are underway to develop a comprehensive professional development program, to strengthen the development and effective use of the school improvement planning process, and to expand the effective use of student achievement data for quality instruction .



The Quality Assurance Review Team commends Norton City Public Schools for:

  • Community engagement and support of its schools, faculty, and students.

    The quality of public schools is directly related to parental involvement and community support. Supportive relationships among the Board, City Council, parents, business community, and other invested stakeholders are significant and strong.

Required actions

Required Actions

  • The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Norton City Public Schools :

    • Implement a middle school philosophy, model, and schedule for the upper grade students at Norton Elementary and Middle School.

      The current PK-7 model has served the division well; however, interviews with students, faculty, and parents indicate a desire to establish a separate middle school identity and focus for the sixth and seventh grade students.

Required actions1

Required Actions

  • The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Norton City Public Schools :

    • Upgrade and strengthen the School Improvement Planning process at both schools.

      A clear and focused school improvement plan provides both short term and long term goals, is based on student performance data, and clearly delineates areas of responsibility. The district is encouraged to use these plans as “working documents,” and to revisit and revise them frequently.

Required actions2

Required Actions

  • The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Norton City Public Schools :

  • Establish a multi-year, multi-faceted Professional Development Plan (PDP) and process.

    This PDP should encompass the district’s commitment to a K-12 curriculum mapping project, the initiation of research-based instructional strategies to better develop higher order thinking skills in all students, and a focused effort to incorporate more effective use of formative assessment data in the classroom.

Required actions3

Required Actions

  • The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends that Norton City Public Schools :

  • Improve the development of professional growth plans for all staff that are directly related to the district’s Professional Development Plan(s) and/or individual School Improvement Plans.

    The district’s Professional Development Plans and School Improvement Plans require support and “buy-in” from all school stakeholders. Individual professional growth plans that are linked to district-wide initiatives support improved student outcomes in the classroom.

Next steps

Next Steps

  • A written report of the findings will be submitted within 30 business days

  • After receipt of the report, the district is expected to:

    • Review and communicate the findings

    • Address the required actions

    • Monitor school and system accreditation standards and improvement efforts on ongoing basis

    • Submit the Accreditation Progress Report.

  • After the next meeting of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission (January and June) reports will be available for public access

Accreditation recommendation

Accreditation Recommendation

  • The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that the Norton City Public Schools be awarded District Accreditation as a quality school system.

  • Once reviewed and approved by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the district and all its schools are granted a 5-year term accreditation.

Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

On behalf of the Quality Assurance Team, I extend:

  • Our appreciation for your hospitality, support, and professionalism;

  • Our respect and acknowledgement of the quality of the school district; and

  • Our congratulations for your progress toward achieving District Accreditation as a quality system.

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