Local schools receive reaccreditation
Last month, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools on Elementary and Secondary Schools announced the reaccreditation of Abington Senior High School in Abington Township and Bishop McDevitt High School and Ancillae Assumpta Academy in Cheltenham Township.
MSA-CESS is an association that reviews and accredits institutions in the United States and 85 countries around the world on the criteria of leadership and governance, institutional resources, student support services, student admission and retention, assessment of student learning, the mission and goals of the institution and more.
“These schools have earned and deserve recognition for successfully completing the rigorous and rewarding Middle States reaccreditation process, which signifies a level of educational quality that goes beyond the accountability requirements of state and federal inspection, reporting and monitoring,” said MSA-CESS President Henry Cram in a news release.
To achieve accreditation by MSACESS, the schools underwent an intensive self-evaluation process along with a team evaluation conducted by independently appointed educators. In addition, the schools had to create a strategic plan to illustrate their ongoing pursuit of educational improvements. The evaluation process, which took several months, was spearheaded by a steering committee that included members of the faculty, parents and students at each of the schools.
Throughout the seven-year reaccreditation term, the schools will participate in a series of report reviews and on-site visits by the MSA-CESS commission to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process.
“Middle States accreditation goes beyond recognition for prior achievement, but ensures a commitment to future accomplishments and continuous improvements designed to ensure every child receives a quality education,” Cram said.