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AdvancED accreditation group to return to Wake schools

Posted November 7, 2011

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— Representatives from a national group that accredits schools plan to return to Wake County for a progress report.

Ann Majestic, an attorney for the Wake County Board of Education, said Monday that members of AdvancED are scheduled to meet with school officials and school board members Nov. 29-30 and review steps the school system has taken to try to keep its accreditation.

In March, the Atlanta-based company placed the school system on what it calls an "accredited warned" status, meaning the district needed to improve seven action steps required to retain its accreditation.

AdvancED placed the school system under the warning status for what it called a "lack of effective governance and leadership" as well as a "climate of uncertainty, suspicion and mistrust throughout the community."

The special accreditation review was launched after the North Carolina NAACP, which fears the board's new student assignment policy will segregate schools, filed a complaint in March with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a subdivision of AdvancED, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Concerns about whether AdvancED was overstepping its bounds with the review had board members debating whether to drop the accreditation, but ultimately, all board members agreed to cooperate with it.

Accreditation is important, because it can be used in determining a high school student’s acceptance to a higher institution of learning. How institutions use it varies, however.

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  • Plenty Coups Nov 7, 2011

    "They "accredit" many failing public schools - it's a sham and can be bought for political purposes as we have clearly seen."

    Have to agree with you that Advance Ed has a far left agenda and woe to those schools that don't follow it.

  • timbo10.0 Nov 7, 2011

    "Lost a 30 million federal grant and threw away another 3 million when they changed the location of a new high school. "

    Source? Or is this just another lie by the "diversity" crowd?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 7, 2011

    AdvancEd's accreditation process doesn't evaluate student performance and achievement.

    It reviews the school boards policies and actions and accredits the schools if they are following AdvancEd's liberal agenda.

    Amazingly they continue to accredit Halifax County which the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has declared as a failing school system with a high dropout rate and low student achievement.

    AdvancEd has an agenda and the agenda is to support the NAACP in it's opposition to the new school board and the neighborhood schools policy.

    If AdvancEd's accreditation actually considered student achievement and performance, it would be worth keeping.

  • Nancy Nov 7, 2011

    And there are many home schooled students being accepted (no accreditation) at ivy league schools and many public universities. In fact, accreditation means less than the list of extra curricular activities.

  • Nancy Nov 7, 2011

    "Lost a 30 million federal grant "

    you'll have to provide a link showing that the board did lose that grant, there isn't such a thing. And if you're talking about any grant lost, news is that many school systems in NC also applied and did not get a piece of the same grant funding. It had nothing to do with accreditation or failure on the board's part.

    Nice try making it look horrific when in fact, many grants applied for over the years have not been successful, no matter WHO served on the board.

  • Nancy Nov 7, 2011

    "Some people have missed the point of accreditation completely. It also goes to show the parents that the school has meet certain important standards."

    So, the detroit ILL schools that are all failing miserably and accredited by this outfit are what, meeting important standards?

    They "accredit" many failing public schools - it's a sham and can be bought for political purposes as we have clearly seen.

  • mep Nov 7, 2011

    "Accreditation is important, because it can be used in determining a high school student’s acceptance to a higher institution of learning. How institutions use it varies, however.... in other words..... Big whoopee doo.... few institutions will look, or even care. In fact it was only my college that EVER even looked at my diploma. Not my HS transcripts, my schools accreditation... just my diploma. You know... the STANDARD by which kids graduate from High School.
    These AdvancED folks need to find a real job!

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 2011

    As pointed out earlier, a good percentage of the top 100 high schools in the U.S. are not accredited by AdvancED or any other organization.

    Let's state it directly - Accreditation has no value!

    Children from non-accredited schools still get into top universities.

  • beaupeep Nov 7, 2011

    I think you're wrong, superman. The board that originally bought that HS site from their cronies and forced construction on an inappropriate site are the ones who threw away the money.

  • wakemom Nov 7, 2011

    superman, didnt know about the text messages to each other.

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