MARTIN — After a rigorous observation schedule, it appears Floyd County Schools will receive AdvancED accreditation, Supt. Henry Webb reported at a specially-called Board of Education meeting in Martin on Thursday.
The AdvancED organization is a partnership among several regional agencies, and will replace the district’s previous Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation. AdvancED maintains their focus on a more global scale, ensuring that quality of education and credits can be transferred not just across the U.S., but to schools in over 70 other countries as well.
Agents from AdvancED made 60 observations across six schools in just three days. Webb says auditors were especially impressed by the Early College Academy program, in which eight students will be receiving an Associate’s degree before obtaining their high school diploma. Representatives also lauded the collaboration between teachers of different age groups and different school systems to maintain a district-wide focus on achieving their goals.
Recommendations from the visit included refreshing the schools’ mission statements and making sure every official action is aligned with that mission.
The accreditation will not be finalized until AdvancED meets in June, but Webb said he sees no reason why it would not be approved. He added that the accreditation was validation for all the hard work from every member of district faculty and staff.