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SACS team wrapping up DCSS evaluation

ALBANY, Ga. -- An SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation team will wrap up a three-day evaluation of the Dougherty County School System with a briefing on its findings before the School Board at Radium Springs Elementary School this afternoon.

The SACS external review teams, now known as AdvancED, began their evaluations Monday afternoon with interviews at the school administration building of the principals of the 19 DCSS schools it did not visit during the assessment.

Much of the team's work came Tuesday with morning visits to Radium Springs Middle, Lake Park Elementary, Lamar Reese Magnet Elementary and Albany Early College.

That afternoon the team visited Dougherty High, Westover High, Merry Acres Middle and Turner Elementary.

The AdvancED team visited classrooms, interviewed the schools' principals, school leadership or improvement teams, teachers, parents and students during these visits.

The team is scheduled to spend most of today in the school administration building interviewing Superintendent Joshua Murfree, members of his cabinet and office staff.

At 3 p.m. at Radium Elementary, the lead evaluator of the external review team will present the School Board with a briefing of the findings in its exit report.

The team's visit will determine whether the DCSS is reaccredited by the association.

According to the AdvancED web site, "Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.

"The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education."

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

"The team is scheduled to spend most of today in the school administration building interviewing Superintendent Joshua Murfree, members of his cabinet and office staff."

I can only imagine the bags of baffling BS that abounded during that hour. Perhaps they will be awed by one of the Nominees for Super of the Year!!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

Culture shock after lunch. Show the best in the morning. Turner and DHS are the only 2 bad schools of what they are seeing. All the rest are the best in the whole county. Why not tour MHS, AHS and Albany Middle or Dougherty Middle instead of Merry Acres. All the schools except DHS and Turner do very well on tests. Have good priincipals and well behaved students.This is skewed before they came to town. They should be able to pick the schools not DCSS officals. I had a sub tell me that Doughtery Middle is like going to Iraq. I don't know if I want to insult Iraq.

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