DeKalb County, GA, February 2, 2016 – by Trey Benton – AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) has notified the DeKalb County School District they have restored the school system to a status of “Accredited.”
In a January 28th letter from AdvancED Chief Operations Officer, Annette Bohling to DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green, Bohling writes, “In recognition of the progress made to date and acknowledgement of the continued work needed to sustain the Required Actions, the Georgia AdvancED Council affirmed at its January 28, 2016 meeting that DeKalb County School District’s accreditation status will be changed from Accredited Under Review to Accredited.”
“I am proud of the hard work and diligent effort on the part of the teachers, staff, and the Board of Education to return the District to full accreditation,” said Sup. Dr. R. Stephen Green in a release. “The DeKalb County School District will be relentless in sustaining the work completed and remain focused on the quality of instruction in the classroom and thereby raise the bar for teaching and learning. Our students will rise to the level of expectation that we set. We are locked in on this mission.”
AdvancEd does say, however, while the DeKalb School System has made significant progress, “it is incumbent upon the school system to continue to sustain the progress accomplished by engaging in the AdvancED continuous improvement process.”
In order to maintain accreditation, which expires on June 30, 2017, the DeKalb School System is expected to conduct a “thorough Internal Review in preparation for an on-site External Review to be held during the 2016-17 school year.”
AdvancED says their Georgia Office will assist in the preparation and coordination of the External Review.
“We could not have done this without the collaboration and cooperation of the Board and community working together to select Dr. Green as the leader of this District,” said Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair of the DeKalb Board of Education. “Now, we can continue our number one focus on student achievement.”