For Immediate Release — May 24, 2019 | Southeast
An external accreditation team of 22 highly skilled educators from AdvancED recently confirmed the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Southeast District’s accreditation during recent school visits February 24 – March 8, 2019.
AdvancED is an accrediting organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Using a set of rigorous research-based standards, the accreditation process examines the whole school district –programs, cultural context, and the community stakeholders to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of the students.
They reviewed the evidence and conducted over 700 classroom observations and facilitated interviews with over 1,700 participants to include administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and command groups in the Southeast District.
“This was our first System Accreditation Review as a Southeast District, where we were rated against very high and rigorous AdvancED Performance Standards,” said Dr. Christy Huddleston, DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent. “The results of this report are through the collective efforts of our employees, students, parents, and community stakeholders. I am very proud of our teachers, support staff, and school administrators who provide high-quality education to our military-connected students, as evidenced by the results of our external Engagement Review. I am particularly proud that the results from the classroom observations revealed that our students experience an equitable learning environment and a digital learning environment at a rate higher than the AdvancED Improvement Network averages.”
Through a comprehensive review of evidence and information, the AdvancED Engagement Review Team gains a broad understanding of the school system’s quality. AdvancED provides the Index of Quality (IEQ) as a holistic measure of overall performance based on a comprehensive set of standards and review criteria. Collectively, the Southeast District Office and schools were rated ‘Meets and Exceeds Expectations’ in 25 out of 31 AdvancED Performance Standards. As a result, the Index Educational Quality (IEQ) Score earned by the district and schools is 355.48 as compared to the AdvancED Institutional Network 5-year average – 283.33.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: (1) meeting high-quality standards; (2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and (3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The district’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.
“In addition to recognizing areas of excellence, the AdvancED team also identified areas for potential growth, particularly in the engagement of parents and community stakeholders,” said Dr. Huddleston. “This summer at the Southeast Summer Leadership Conference, we are evaluating our district and community plans to incorporate the recommendations from the report.”
The Southeast District includes 25 schools located at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Stewart, Georgia, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
The Southeast community superintendents for Georgia/Alabama, Dr. Lisa B. Coleman; Dr. Youlanda Washington for Kentucky, and Ms. Kathleen Reiss for South Carolina/Fort Jackson and Stewart are committed to continuous improvement by collaboratively implementing processes to ensure opportunities for every learner to realize their full potential.