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Richmond County School System's accreditation renewed with conditions

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 7:09 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 1:53 AM
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The Richmond County School System had its five-year accreditation officially renewed in June but was given a “warned status” from its accrediting body one month later for scoring low on some standards, according to documents obtained Wednesday by The Augusta Chronicle.

AdvancED awarded the district re-accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement in June after a review team toured the district in February and interviewed 86 administrators, 151 teachers, 100 students and others.

The review team scored the district on five standards and 35 indicators, of which the district received mostly scores of two out of four. The team issued four required actions on policies and procedures the district must address within two years to have its accredited warned status changed to accredited.

Jennifer Oliver, AdvancED vice president for communications, said the accrediting body drafted more rigorous standards last year and expected more districts to receive an advisement, warned or probation status than before. Of the 211 school districts up for accreditation or re-accreditation in 2012-13, 45 percent were advised, 20 percent were warned and 2 percent were given a probation status.

“That is a result of the higher expectations of the new standards,” Oliver said.

The district has two years to address the concerns, but can submit evidence of improvement to have the status changed earlier. Superintendent Frank Roberson said that process has already begun.

The four improvements required of the district are to better communicate its mission and vision, develop better long-term interaction with students, better evaluate existing programs and evaluate student data in a more consistent way.

Roberson said the district is placing its vision and mission statement in all written communication and having schools state their missions, too.

In July, Roberson’s cabinet developed a plan to analyze data monthly with principals and to keep track of where the district stands compared to 11 other districts.

He said he has also tasked guidance counselors to be more engaged with parents to improve on long-term relationships.

“We certainly do not want that tag attached to our classification, and we’re going to work quickly to have it removed,” Roberson said.

Roberson said he was surprised to get notification of the warned status in July, especially because the AdvancED review team released a complimentary report of the school system in February.

In it, the team indicated the district has built a culture of learning, is dedicated to the improvement of its teachers, has invested in renovation projects and has a leadership team that is committed to the district.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 06:10 am
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Warning

So the school system is in the 20% that were warned they had to improve. That's the key point here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 06:31 am
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New Ideas

Costco Connection, the magazine, this week has an interesting article about a nonprofit online school funded by the Gates Foundation. The school provides “world class education” to anyone who can get online. It uses software that personalizes education and incorporates thousands of You Tube videos with the best teachers explaining subjects. Students can move at their own pace using their software. Some Title One schools are using it for classes such as math and have seen tremendous improvement.

If there is any question about the dire straits American public education is in just look at the test results of Richmond County. But nationally the picture is also not good. The U.S. is currently ranked 24 out of 34 countries in math proficiency of its students. It’s time to come up with a new concept for what the classroom is.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/08/13 - 07:35 am
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A "Warned Status" - the 1st step in Yanking the accreditation

There are a few ways to look at this:

I for one would like to see the full report in PDF format to see where the problems lay the most.

ARC was just very recently released from Federal oversight and controls. SO, could this just be a political game to provide the legal grounds for a new Federal oversight all over again, by some?
That pays better than before???

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/08/13 - 07:47 am
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A "Warned Status" - the 1st step in Yanking the accreditation

There are a few ways to look at this:

I for one would like to see the full report in PDF format to see where the problems lay the most.

ARC was just very recently released from Federal oversight and controls.
Could this just be a political process to provide legal grounds for new Federal oversight all over again, by some? With better pay.

See:
http://www.georgiaeducation.org/ReportCenter/reportcenter.jsp

and run some comparisons against the state as a whole and breakdowns by various data elements.

class1
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class1 08/08/13 - 08:39 am
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Videos

Yes, riverman there a lot of You Tube videos that are very good, however You Tube videos are blocked by the RC
BOE.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 12:02 pm
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Video

Whether it's a teacher standing in front of a class, or it's a video of a teacher lecturing, you cannot become proficient in math until you've done the exercise yourself with pencil and paper over and over until it's tattooed on your own brain.

Darby
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Darby 08/08/13 - 12:11 pm
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And next will come the cacophony of

irrational calls for more money in order to "bring us up" to the necessary standards.

Yeah, that always gets the job done....

Do I sound a little cynical? I certainly hope so, because that is my intention.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/08/13 - 02:41 pm
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OH BOY

I just can't say anything on here.

Columbia county BUILD MORE SCHOOLS...you will need them.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/08/13 - 03:12 pm
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ladies and gentleman this is the results of NO PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, what you have are programs to "reach at risk youths" in economic terms it comes down to priorities and rich cnty school dist chooses to throw away money down rat holes of improving failing schools, wasteful/useless programs for students having no interest, motivation, or willingness to learn, wasteful after school programs, extra-curricular activities, athletic venues all for school having low graduation rates, low test scores in most areas of learning (of course except for participation-all that is needed for this is the child being in school and he/she signs the exam sheet). so now the county is on the track of losing its accreditation and even the excellent scores of johnson, davidson, and walker will be unable to help....HEY MS. CAIN HAVE YOU SEEN THE PERFORMANCE SCORES OF LANEY RECENTLY (ON THEIR SITE)??? NOT LOOKING TO GOOD. well i predict 2 things parents who can't geti their children into johnson, davidson, and walker will flee to surrounding counties, and the teachers, administrators and such will shapen their #2 pencils and get their erasers ready to "do what has to be done not to lose their accreditation" and we all know what that means........

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