Wake County Schools

School accreditation team to visit Wake in January

Posted December 1, 2010 2:24 p.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2010 2:43 p.m. EST

Wake County Public School System

— A national accreditation group will visit the Wake County Public School System in January to review recent changes in the district, officials said.

A team from AdvancEd will be in Raleigh Jan. 12-14 to interview all school board members, the superintendent, district staff, parents and other community members, AdvancEd spokeswoman Jennifer Oliver said Wednesday. They also will visit several area high schools, she said.

"The team will develop a report of their observations and any required actions for the school system to address in order to continue to meet the standards for accreditation," Oliver said, noting that district officials would receive the report by the end of February.

The review comes in response to a complaint filed in March by the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP following the school system’s controversial idea to move away from an assignment policy based on socio-economic diversity within schools to one based on having students attend schools closer to where they live.

Opponents fear the plan will segregate schools and prevent lower income students from receiving the same quality of education as their counterparts.

If the school system is found to be in violation of standards set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and doesn't comply with them, each of Wake County's 24 high schools could eventually lose its accreditation.

Accreditation is important because it can be used as a factor in determining a high school student’s acceptance to a college or university.