Learning Objectives. Participants will gain an understanding of:Planning components for both MOA compliance and SACS accreditationDevelopment of an Action Plan to achieve MOA compliance Steps in the SACS Accreditation processBenefits of SACS Accreditation. Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice School System Historical Perspective.
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1. Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice from Federal Compliance to Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
2. Learning Objectives Participants will gain an understanding of:
Planning components for both MOA compliance and SACS accreditation
Development of an Action Plan to achieve MOA compliance
Steps in the SACS Accreditation process
Benefits of SACS Accreditation
3. Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice School System Historical Perspective 1992 Created as Georgia's 181st School System
1997 United States Department of Justice issues findings of non compliance
1998 Georgia and US Dept of Justice enter into a Memorandum of Agreement
1999 Plans for school improvement developed and implemented
2000 Compliance reviews conducted by DOJ
2003 DJJ Education Program found to be compliant in all areas and released from federal oversight
2004 Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
4. DOJ Issues of Non compliance Major Areas Leadership
5. Standards MOA
Beliefs and Mission
6. Planning Components DJJ MOA Strategic Plan
Planning to Plan: commitment to school improvement
Data Collection: findings
Action Plan: key issues
Implementation: ideas to action
Evaluation: status report SACS School Improvement Plan
Vision: What future the school is pursuing
Profile: What is the current reality of the school particularly related to Student Performance
Plan: What actions will the school take to improve
Quality Assurance: status report
7. MOA: Planning to Plan: (commitment to school improvement)
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice by the signing the Memorandum of Agreement committed to school improvement.
8. MOA: Data Collection (findings) “ To get where you’re going, you need to know where you are” Needs Assessment - MOA Citations
leadership policies curriculum
staff training quality assurance
Agency Profile: “consistently inconsistent”
9. MOA: Action Plan (key issues)
Provide Direction: Leadership/Policies -- (mission, vision, beliefs, policies, educational management system, standards)
Develop Curriculum --(frameworks, academic/vocational, CAPS, tracking sheets, textbooks, academic modules)
Expand Special Education Services - (staffing ratio, regional consultants, related services, records management)
Develop a Comprehensive Vocational Education Program ( employability study, agreement with DTAE, equipment, space, technical consultants)
10. MOA: Action Plan (key issues) Reduce Classroom Exclusion: establish a behavior management system (Alternative Education Placement Model - AEPM)
Obtain Resources -- (central office, regional principals, teachers, space, equipment, technology)
Provide Statewide Staff Development (SDU for teacher certification, online classes for special education teachers - TCP, curriculum training )
Develop an Evaluation System: Quality Assurance (use of ACA, CEA, state DOE standards, federal IDEA standards)
11. MOA: Evaluation / Quality Assurance “what gets evaluated, tends to get done” Student Evaluation ( Georgia Department of Education testing program, IEP reviews, GED exams, grades, vocational certificates)
Teacher Evaluation (Georgia Performance Management System, teacher observations)
Program Evaluation ( DJJ Office of Education monitoring reports, Georgia DOE reports, Quality Assurance peer reviews)
MOA Compliance (Federal monitor reports )
12. Basic Principles of SACS Accreditation and School Improvement Meet SACS Accreditation Standards
Engage in Continuous Improvement
Demonstrate Quality Assurance
13. SACS: Meeting Accreditation Standards Standards for Special Purpose Schools.
The school is expected to document and validate compliance with SACS Standards.
14. SACS: Engaging in Continuous Improvement Basic Elements of Continuous Improvement
Vision: What future is the school pursuing ?
Profile: What is the current reality of the school particularly related to student performance ?
Plan: What actions will the school take to improve ?
15. SACS: Demonstrating Quality Assurance Peer Review:
The school prepares and engages in peer review to strengthen the work of the school to improve student learning.
The school identifies strategies that are being implemented to provide for Quality Assurance.
16. SACS: Demonstrating Quality Assurance Results:
School officials document and communicate the accomplishments of the school to improve student learning and the quality work of the school.
School personnel use the results of improvement efforts as a road map for student achievement.
17. SACS: Quality Standards A school demonstrates adherence to the standards by annually reviewing and reporting to the commission its status regarding the standards.
Provide evidence to a Peer Review Team once every five years to verify compliance with the standards.
18. Benefits of SACS Accreditation
Increased student performance
Transfer of credits or grade placement
Access to programs and scholarships
Assure public that schools are focused on raising student achievement
Assurance that the school adheres to high quality standards based on educational research and successful professional practice
Recognition for going above and beyond the minimum to demonstrate commitment to quality and success for all students.