AdvancED Lead Evaluator Mike Griffin, standing, gives his exit report Wednesday to a session of the Dougherty County School Board. Griffin and his team were in town for three days as the DCSS went through a reaccreditation process.
ALBANY, Ga. — An eight-member AdvancED evaluation team completed its reaccreditation assessment of the Dougherty County School System on Wednesday with the District receiving a mixed bag of numbers based on five standards of quality.
“First, let me say that our team has enjoyed the three days we have spent down here,” lead evaluator Mike Griffin said. “I am familiar with Albany because I lived here for two years while directing aircraft at Turner Naval Air Station.”
The purpose of the team’s visit was to gather information for the DCSS’s AdvancED (formerly known as SACS) reaccreditation evaluation.
“During the time we were here we visited eight schools and spoke to 341 people — administrators, staff, principals, teachers, parents and students of the Dougherty County School System,” said Griffin. “We wanted to get an overall snapshot of the system, and we saw many good things in Dougherty County.”
Griffin added that a major part of the review involved self-assessments by the system’s administrators and educators.
“The internal review and self-assessment was of particular importance,” Griffin said. “You know yourselves better than anyone. You know the things you do well and just need tweaking, you also know what you don’t do well and need improvement.
Griffin said their report to AdvancED contained assessment rankings from 4 to 1, with 4 being “very evident,” 3 “evident,” 2 “somewhat evident” and 1 “not evident.”
The numbers were assigned to five different Standards for Quality, with the DCSS scoring:
- Purpose and Direction — 2.5
- Governance and Leadership — 1.5
- Teaching and Assessing for Learning — 2.75
- Resources and Support Systems — 3
- Using Results for Continuous Improvement — 2.6
Griffin then cautioned the board and the gathered crowd to not to put too much stock in those numbers alone.
“I would advise people to be very, very careful when evaluating these numbers,” Griffin said. “Remember that they are just a part of a greater picture.”
AdvancED issues four status levels of accreditation: full accreditation, advisement, warning and probationary.
“This team will recommend accreditation,” Griffin said. “It will be up to AdvancED to evaluate our findings and issue a status.”
The DCSS was last evaluated in 2007 and was awarded full accreditation status. That status expires in June 2013.
Griffin said the District should be advised of AdvancED final decision sometime in December.