Lo­cal schools re­ceive reac­cred­i­ta­tion

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

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