The Calhoun County school system will seek district-wide accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, replacing individual school accreditations, the Calhoun County Board of Education agreed Thursday evening.
Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools measures such factors as the quality of a school’s teachers, its core curriculum, efficiency and the school’s environment. SACS accreditation is mandated by the State Department of Education.
The district accreditation protocol is a relatively new process, according to information from SACS’ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
The SACS information says the new protocol was developed “in response to requests from superintendents and other district leaders throughout the nation who wanted to better coordinate accreditation with ongoing system improvement initiatives and state mandates.”
School systems may voluntarily seek the district-wide accreditation.
In the past, the Calhoun County system’s 15 schools were accredited on a school-by-school basis, Superintendent Judy Stiefel said Thursday night.
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