Building Successful Futures: Every Student, Every Day!
Commissioner Watson Unveils a New Vision
Accreditation Visit Quickly Approaching!
Who is on Our External Review Team?
Atchison is fortunate to have such a distinguished team to conduct our external review. Our lead evaluator is Cheryl Allread from South Carolina. She is a retired principal and spends her time conducting review visits all across the United States. Our second member is also from out-of-state. Dennis McGuire is traveling to us from Nebraska where he is the assistant director of AdvanED for our neighbors to the north. Our final three team members are from in state and bring a wealth of experience with the AdvancED process. They include Shelly Kiblinger, superintendent of the Hutchinson School District; DeAnne Heersche, educational consultant for South Central Kansas Educational Service Center; and Susan New, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Galena, KS.
In addition to the external review team, we will have Scott Myers, Teacher Licensure and Accreditation Team Director from KSDE. He will be joining us to familiarize himself and observe the accreditation process. This will allow him to better advise the state as they continue to determine alternative avenues for state accreditation.
What will the Visit Look Like?
The AdvanceED External Review Team will make a three-day visit to the district. The Quality Assurance Review Team will gather data and evidence during the visit by interviewing a wide range of system and school level stakeholders, as well as, visiting all school buildings.
The schedule for when the review team will be in the buildings is as follows:
Monday Jan. 25 Middle School
1:15-2:42 Classroom Observations
2:45-3:20 Teacher Interviews
3:25-4:00 Principal Interview
Tuesday, Jan. 26 Elementary School
8:00-8:40 Principal Interviews
8:40-10:00 Classroom Observations
10:00-10:45 Teachers and Support Interviews
10:45-11:15 Student Interviews
High School and Alternative School
12:00-12:40 Principal Interviews
12:40-1:10 Students and Parents Interviews
1:10-2:45 Classroom Observations
3:00-3:45 Teachers and Community Interviews
What has been Required and Completed for this Accreditation Visit?
In Preparation for this visit, both the school district and each of the schools have completed the following tasks:
- Conducted and analyzed stakeholder surveys from parents, students, and certified staff.
- Analyzed and summarized student achievement data from state and local assessments.
- Conducted a self-assessment of the current level of performance in regards to the five AdvancED accreditation standards (See below).
- Developed an executive summary from the information in the self-assessment.
The findings were compiled into reports and are all a component of the continuous improvement process that each building and the district must do. They contain the work your building leadership teams have done as well as your PLC groups. If you are participating in a focus group, it is very likely they will ask you about the topics contained in the reports. Every building has the reports available to them. If you would like to review any or all of them, please contact the following building representatives: AAS-Gerre Martin, AHS-Lindsey Hansen, AMS-Robyn Allen, AES-Karen Glennon, and District- Jacque Coleman.
What Happens after the Visit?
After the accreditation visit is complete, the External Review team will submit their findings to the AdvancED state office and furnish the district with a report. The report will include powerful practices the district is currently using as well as opportunities for improvement, and improvement priorities. The district will then begin revising our strategic plan and will submit a progress report in the spring of 2018 to state office explaining our progress in the implementation of the recommendation by the External Review Team.
What are the Five AdvancED Standards for Quality?
Standard1: Purpose and Direction
Standard2: Governance and Leadership
Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning
Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement
What will a Classroom Observation Look Like?
Members from the review team will individually visit randomly selected classrooms with each classroom observation lasting approximately 20 minutes. They will be using the Equitable Learning Environment Observation Tool (eleot) to collect data during the classroom visits. The eleot focuses on seven learning environments that promotes effective learning and student success. These seven areas are 1. equitable learning, 2. high expectations, 3. supportive learning, 4. active learning, 5. progress monitoring and feedback, 6. well-managed learning, and 7. digital learning. After they have completed all district observations they will submit the data which will then generate a score that can be compared to a national normed score. If you would like to see a paper form of the eleot, ask your principal for a copy.
January 6 Early Release
January 7-8 Principal Coaching with Brett Church
January 12 Elementary Math Training
January 20 Early Release
January 21 Co-Teaching: Effective Instruction (Primary)
January 22 Co-Teaching: Effective Instruction (Intermediate)
January 25 AdvancED External Review (Building Visits)
January 26 AdvancED External Review (Building Visits)
January 27 AdvancED Report to Board of Education (2:30)
February 1 Acuity Spring Test Window Opens
February 3 Early Release
February 4 Co-Teaching Observation #2
February 9 METC Conference
February 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 10 METC Conference
February 11 Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 15 State Assessment MDPT and Math Performance Task Window Opens
February 17 Early Release
February 19 Acuity Spring Test Window Closes