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Board gets exit report from evaluation

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.

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.

Comments

TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

For those of us who went to college and dealt with life on a 4 point grade point average, the DCSS made mostly C's (4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=D). Their overall GPA would be 2.47. Bubba, you really think that a 2.5 GPA is good? The only thing that saved them is their resources. Shinedownfan is absolutely right--they have technology coming out of their ears yet they still can't get Johnny to read at grade level.

I managed to get out of DJHS and DHS with a pretty decent education. In light of what I've seen since I became an adult, it's a miracle that happened.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

2.5 is a lot higher than Bubba ever saw in his 15 years of K-12 schooling.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

I tested higher than yo moma.......

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Served you again, just like last time and that time before that and the time before that, etc.

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RedRaider 2 years, 2 months ago

Little surprised at the "Governance and Leadership — 1.5" - indicating that these factors were almost “not evident.” . . . Based on what I've read, I think this may be a little high !!!!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

The "3" given to Resources and Support should have been a "4" cause the DCSS classrooms have all kinds of resources... Smart Boards, many computers, all the newest stuff. My daughter (who went to Lee Co. High) took her SAT's and the ACT at Albany High and Westover respectively, and was shocked at all the technology in each classroom. Smart Boards and computers (other than the computer lab and a computer class classroom) are few and far between in Lee.

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straightface 2 years, 2 months ago

Terry What happened with the 5 teachers they were suppose to vote on that were involved in the CRCT cases.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

Leave Terry alone.....he is still in shock.....lol

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mr_nobody 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd love to see how these scores compare to some other school systems in our area that have been evaluated recently. If average Joe Q. Public should not put too much stock in those numbers alone, having other numbers to compare by would be helpful. I do find it interesting that most of the standards are rated between "somewhat evident" and "evident."

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

1.5...........WOW!!

34 divided by 1.5 = 22.667.

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

I must caution myself but it looks like the only decent score was related to money and the things it buys. When 8 people talk to 341 students in 8 schools in 3 days or so and do other detailed work to conclude things are going swimmingly, perhaps judgement was tempered too much with memories of old Turner AFB and the old Albany. "Somewhat evident" doesn't sound that great to me but perhaps my opinion is also tempered with experiences in the DCSS of old when "very evident" was, well, evident. But perhaps these scores will stem the tide of those fleeing to Lee in general, and Worth by the Marine Base kids, and lure industry faster than the MEAG money.

Did they give a score for "student safety", specifically the ability to walk the halls without getting your butt whipped or accosted in some manner ? Or, is this just part what is inherent in the "greater picture", the snapshot of good things the dude was talking about?

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

westover is 80% black. this group talked to about 6-7 kids from westover. guess how many were black. ONE. Yeah, that's a real good representation

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