HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Since it was formed, the Huntsville City School system has sought accreditation individually, on a school by school basis.
Now for the first time the district has been recommended for district-wide accreditation, by AdvancED. The team came into town on Sunday for a three-day intensive review of the schools.
The team interviewed more than 300 administrators, teachers, parents, and even children. They sat in on 42 classrooms to identify the system’s strengths and weaknesses.
Wednesday afternoon they presented their findings and their decision.
“This team was brought in from all over the country, they work in Europe and the United States,” said Superintendent Casey Wardynski. “They’ve reached the conclusion that our district is operating at a very high level and has recommended accreditation for the school system, which is a terrific thing.”
The findings outlined the strengths:
- Ensuring every student is prepped for success after graduation
- Collaboration in addressing issues of change
- Strong technology infrastructure and support of innovation
- Strong sense of community
- and using data to make informed decision.
As well as the weaknesses:
- Uniformity of implementation of new programs and technology across the district.
- Collaboration with all stakeholder groups, including parents, businesses, city leaders, and teachers
- and documenting the continuous improvement of the district.
“I think we’re going to continue to make progress in those areas. That only serves to strengthen our schools and bring new viewpoints in and make our school system support the efforts of the community,” said Wardynski.
The district wide accreditation would replace the individual accreditation of each school. It also stands the save the school system more than $160,000.
AdvancED would grant the system accreditation for 5 years, pending further review. It would go into effect sometime in 2013.