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The Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools have acted to introduce the accreditation of entire school systems; the Commissions define a school system as meeting the following criteria:
  • A legal entity;
  • A system comprising more than one component school;
  • A single governing body;
  • A chief executive officer or superintendent; or
  • Faith-based schools affiliated within a community, organization, or diocese.
Achieving Excellence System Wide is based on strategic planning and is best suited for school systems that have, or wish to develop, a strategic plan sharply focused on continuous and system-wide efforts to grow and improve student performance and the system’s capacity to effect that growth. The protocol offers two options for self-study and accreditation:
  • School systems with a current strategic plan that meets the requirements of this protocol may attain accreditation by the Middle States Association using that existing plan to meet the continuous growth and improvement requirements of the protocol.
  • School systems without a strategic plan focused on growing and improving student performance and the system's capacity to effect that growth may use the framework and step-by-step procedures in the Achieving Excellence System Wide protocol to develop a plan that includes measurable performance and capacity goals and action plans to achieve those goals.

    For school systems in the public sector, the Achieving Excellence System Wide protocol is designed to be aligned with the improvement and strategic planning requirements of state and federal agencies. By using this protocol, school systems will be able to fulfill the improvement and planning requirements of their various governing agencies and, simultaneously, obtain accreditation. In addition, many school systems have found that the improvement processes inherent in Achieving Excellence System Wide help them to sharpen the focus of their improvement efforts. The external evaluation of such efforts provided by a team of evaluators from the Middle States Association is another distinct value added by the protocol that is not provided by most improvement models. However, Achieving Excellence System Wide is not for use only by public school systems. Its procedures and requirements are applicable and useful for any system of schools. School systems without a strategic plan focused on growing and improving student performance and the system's capacity to effect that growth may use the framework and step-by-step procedures in the Achieving Excellence System Wide protocol to develop a plan that includes measurable performance and capacity goals and action plans to achieve those goals.
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