Jefferson West Middle School given North Central accreditation
Jefferson West Middle School was host to a quality assurance review visit Nov. 18 and received its North Central Association Advanced accreditation for another five-year term.
This process engages the entire school community in a continuous process of self-evaluation, reflection, and improvement, reported Principal John Hamon.
“It invites external scrutiny and welcomes the constructive feedback of peers. It demands rigor, is based in data, and approaches documentation of results with discipline,” he said.
Through accreditation, schools and districts receive an external mark of quality and become part of an international network of 23,000 schools and districts in 65 countries.They gain access to a wide range of resources, professional development, and tools to assist them with continuous improvement.
“Perhaps more importantly, students benefit from accreditation because, through the accreditation process, their school or district has committed to raising student performance and will be held accountable for improving student learning on a continual basis,” Hamon said.
Dr. Nancy Bolz, director of Kansas NCA, stated that “Jefferson West Middle School is to be commended for choosing to engage in a process that increases the quality of education for their students beyond the compliance of the state’s required quality performance accreditation system in Kansas. While the state system involves a very political and singular focus on Adequate Yearly Progress, the NCA process facilitates monitoring quality across seven standards.”
These standards are: vision and purpose, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, documenting and using results, resources and support systems, stakeholder communications and relationships, and commitment to continuous improvement.
The documents for this visit will be reviewed and recommended by the Kansas State Council and will be approved by the Accreditation Commission at its February meeting.
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