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For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2010

School District Receives Official Notice Of Five-Year Reaccreditation by SACS

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The Cobb County School District received official notice from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS) that the school district has been reaccredited for five years. SACS accreditation is a critical validation of school operations, and most colleges and universities will accept only students who have graduated from a SACS-accredited school.

The official notice follows a comprehensive, three-day evaluation by a delegation of SACS representatives in November 2009. The evaluation team was comprised of 27 education professionals from throughout the Southeast. During the evaluation team’s visit to Cobb, more than 1,200 parents, students, teachers, principals, administrators and District support staff were interviewed regarding a variety of standards and best practices. At both the district and individual school levels, the team looked closely at Vision and Purpose, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Documenting and Using Results, Resource and Support Systems, Stakeholder Communications and Relationships, and Commitment to Continuous Improvement.

SACS offers district-wide accreditation only to systems meeting the highest levels of educational quality. The final report offered numerous commendations for outstanding practices, and cited several strengths in each of the areas evaluated. Additionally, the report provided a few key recommendations for improvement. The District already has begun the process of addressing those recommendations.

“This report really provides a comprehensive look at our District and schools, and it validates the hard work of our teachers, administrators and support staff to provide the best education possible for Cobb County students,” said school board Chairwoman Lynnda Crowder-Eagle. “I’m very proud that the Cobb County School District has been reaccredited in such an enthusiastic manner, by an unbiased and professional outside review team. We look forward to addressing the few recommendations, and thank the review team for providing such a thorough evaluation.”

The Cobb County School District first earned district-wide accreditation in 2004 and was one of the first three school systems in the nation to receive the designation. SACS, paired with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) comprise the AdvancED organization, which seeks to help schools and school systems improve student success through a stringent set of standards. For more information, visit the AdvancED Web site at www.advanc-ed.org. To view the Quality Assurance Review Team’s final report on the Cobb County School District, please click here.

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