Sumter District Recommended for District Accreditation
The Sumter School District has been recommended for district accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This report was made at a special School Board meeting Wednesday, October 28, 2009.
SACS CASI provides national accreditation, whose purpose is to provide continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance and meeting national standards. 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.
The school system was commended for having a family of professional educators, excellent fiscal stewardship, structured instructional methods, curriculum maps, and assessments that effectively produced outstanding achievement gains. The team recommended continuing strategies to increase student achievement to make Adequate Yearly Progress in more schools and with more subgroups of children. It also recommended increasing parental involvement of those targeted subgroups.
Superintendent Richard A. Shirley stated, “District accreditation provides a nationally-recognized mark of quality for all the schools within the district made from an external agency. It demonstrates to our community that we are committed to excellence, open to critical review and feedback, strive for continuous improvement and clearly shows we are able to compete nationally by holding ourselves accountable for meeting high standards.”