CURRENT ACCREDITATION STATUS:
The School District is not under review or on probation. SCCPSS High Schools will continue their current accreditation status of "Accredited" pending progress of a Monitoring Review to be held prior to October 31, 2018.
AdvancED conducted an on-site investigation as a result of complaints received in the spring of 2017. The on-site visit by the AdvancED Review Team occurred November 13-16, 2017, and a Special Review Team Report was received on February 21, 2018.
A link to the report can be found here or by visiting the AdvancED Documents page.
Based on the findings of the Special Review Team and subsequent review by the AdvancED Georgia State Council, AdvancED concludes that the Savannah-Chatham County School System is in violation of the following AdvancED Accreditation Standards and/or Policies:
AdvancED Performance Standards for Schools (Effective school year 2017-2018)
Standard 1.4: The governing authority establishes and ensures adherence to policies that are designed to support institutional effectiveness.
Standard 1.5: The governing authority adheres to a code of ethics and functions within defined roles and responsibilities.
In accordance with AdvancED Policies, the high schools in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will continue with their current accreditation status of Accredited pending progress made by the date of a Monitoring Review to be held prior to October 31, 2018.
RESPONSE TO REPORT: SCHOOL BOARD/SUPERINTENDENT STATEMENT (Also see documents link):
“As the 10th largest school district in the state of Georgia, we have the responsibility to ensure high quality educational offerings are provided every day to the 38,000 students we serve. We will examine the findings of the report, take steps for improvement, and continue to monitor our adherence to policies and procedures that support the standards of excellence. Our work together will continue to define the positive outcomes the School District has achieved over the last decade, and we remain focused on serving the educational needs of our students. We believe the areas cited for improvement in the report are attainable and we remain fully committed to act in the best interest of this community, the families we serve, and the students of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.”
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have experienced great growth and achievements over the last decade. The work to continue this trend and improve on the educational offerings provided for our students continues on a daily basis.
More and more students are graduating each year. The SCCPSS Graduation Rate has reached a historical level for our school system and has now surpassed the state average for three years in a row. The SCCPSS Graduation Rate is now 84.3%! Each high school in the school district is accredited. In order to achieve and maintain accreditation, each school participates in rigorous reviews conducted by AdvancED. This is a standard procedure associated with an individual school's accreditation process.
The school district remains focused and dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences for every student served. The current work of AdvancED relative to Savannah-Chatham Public Schools includes the investigation of complaints the agency received in the spring of 2017. The District does not have specific knowledge of the contents of the complaint(s); however, the accrediting agency has determined the need to review two Accreditation Standards and Indicators. This includes:
INDICATOR 2.2 - The governing body operates responsibly and functions effectively.
INDICATOR 2.3 - The governing body ensures that the school leadership has the autonomy to meet goals for achievement and instruction and to manage day-to-day operations effectively.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW (RECAP):
- The investigation included a thorough review of the Standards of Board Governance and effective operations.
- The investigation outcomes include addressing identified improvement priorities and completing a Monitoring Review requirement (must be completed by October 31, 2018).
- District high schools retain their current accreditation status pending the Monitoring Review which must be completed by October 31, 2018.
Additional information about AdvancED can be located online by visiting:
The School District along with the Board of Public Education are committed to working closely with AdvancED and will strive to provide continuous improvement that is in the best interest of all students served.
AdvancED PROCESS AND BACKGROUND:
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education services offered meet acceptable levels of quality. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. The agency is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential and continuously improve.
Accreditation is your assurance of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s academic excellence. Accreditation ensures a standard of quality among credits, courses, and grade level placements between schools and universities around the world. It also validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities. The schools within our District are currently accredited that is expected to remain unchanged.
AdvancED is responsible for ensuring school/school system adherence to the AdvancED Standards and Policies, conducting an External Review to every school/system at least once every five years, reviewing all school/school system reports, granting accreditation status for all schools/school systems, responding to complaints by and about schools/school systems, and maintaining accurate, complete and timely records.
There are two accreditation levels that may be conferred on a school/school system as a result of an External Review. The accreditation status is based on the performance of a school/school system in areas related to the Accreditation Standards, Policies, Assurances, student performance results and stakeholder feedback. No provisions prevent a school’s/school system’s accreditation status from being changed upon a different timeline established due to the findings of a special investigation and/or possible subsequent monitoring reviews.
b. Accredited Under Review
PROCEDURES REGARDING COMPLAINTS BY AND ABOUT ACCREDITED SCHOOLS/SCHOOL SYSTEMS
Written complaint. Any complaints submitted by and about schools/school systems must be submitted in writing, both paper or electronic notices are acceptable. All complaints should include information to allow for proper review and if determined, in the sole discretion of AdvancED’s Accreditation Divisions, appropriate investigation.
Complaints that are determined by AdvancED to sufficiently identify potential violations of AdvancED Standards or Policies will be investigated. Said determination of whether sufficient grounds exist to begin an investigation is in the sole discretion of AdvancED.
INVESTIGATIONS: In performing its duties, AdvancED may investigate an accredited school/school system on any matter related to possible violations of AdvancED Standards and Policies at any time. AdvancED shall use its judgment and discretion in determining if a complaint rises to a level justifying and investigation. Investigations will only be initiated when supported by substantial evidence and when they involve matters that could seriously hinder or disrupt the educational effectiveness of the institution and ability of the institution to meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards or Policies.
OUTCOMES: The accreditation status of an accredited school/school system may be changed as deemed appropriate through the investigative process. When warranted by a change of status recommendation, the results of an investigation shall be reported to the appropriate AdvancED Council or AdvancED Accreditation Commission or successor board/commission for appropriate action.
The accredited/non-accredited status of a school/school system is regularly monitored by AdvancED’s Accreditation Divisions and Operations Offices and may be changed based on new or corrected information provided by the school/school system, External Review Team Reports, reports from Special Reviews, complaints submitted or other sources.
The school/school system accreditation may be dropped if found by an investigative team to no longer adhere to the Standards and accreditation requirements or procedures, or fails to cooperate with any accreditation team investigation or request for information.
INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINT: The navigational link to the left will provide greater detail related specifically to the AdvancED Review in Savannah-Chatham County. Links to important informational documents are provided.