Karen Grimm

Every five years our district and school formally reviews our accomplishments and sets new priorities as part of the accreditation and school improvement process.   Spartanburg School District Three is accredited through AdvancED.   AdvancED is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally.   AdvancED was formed in 2006 by the consolidation of the pre-college divisions of two of the U.S. regional accreditation organizations: the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA CASI), and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI).   In 2012 the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) joined AdvancED.   AdvancED serves as a partner to 32,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.

We will work through the AdvancED process to complete an internal review of our district and school programs to support student and teacher learning.   In March, an external review team will visit our district and schools and provide feedback for continuous improvement. 

There are five standards we review to complete accreditation and the school improvement plan. 

Standard 1      Purpose and Direction

Standard 2      Governance and Leadership

Standard 3      Teaching and Assessing for Learning

Standard 4      Resources and Support Systems

Standard 5      Using Results for Continuous Improvement

 In August and September, parents, teachers and students completed a survey to obtain stakeholder input.   This input is a valuable tool as we reflect on our accomplishments and plan ways to improve.   Thank you to the many parents, students and teachers who completed the surveys.  We will summarize the data and use to help guide our planning.  

The Cannons Elementary School Improvement Council, faculty and staff will complete the process and share information along the way.   We welcome and value input from all of our stakeholders.  

Please click on the useful links tab for more information about the AdvancED process.   

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