Wake schools takes steps to keep accreditation
Posted November 23, 2011
Updated November 29, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Public School System on Wednesday released a report on the steps it has taken to retain its accreditation with an Atlanta-based group that's threatened to revoke it.
In March, AdvancED placed the school system on what it calls an "accredited warned" 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 district had to address seven action points before representatives of the accreditation group return to Raleigh next week.
Among the actions the school board has taken is creating and implementing a strategic plan for the school system that will be finalized and used to guide the work of the board.
"(The) progress report clearly demonstrates significiant work has occurred over the months since the AdvancED review to improve the governance and cohesiveness of the Wake County Public Schools leadership team," the report said.
AdvancED representatives will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday with the current board members, as well as three new ones, Superintendent Tony Tata and other school system staff on the progress.
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.
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.