Ovid-Elsie Area School is accredited by AdvancED.

What is AdvancED (Advancing Excellence in EDucation)?

AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research and professional services. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, engaging 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million students.

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is the community’s assurance of Ovid-Elsie Area Schools’ 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. Students in accredited schools become part of a worldwide network of quality institutions focused on student performance.

What are the benefits of district accreditation?

District accreditation is not a standalone process; rather, it supports system-wide continuous improvement. Specifically, district accreditation:

  • – Enhances a common language of school improvement
  • – Ensures collaboration in planning for improvement
  • – Provides the school system and community with validation and recognition for improvement efforts and recommendations from an external team of professionals
  • – Supports a system-wide approach to achieving results
  • – Integrates and supports other accountability requirements such as those mandated by the state and federal educational agencies

How do we achieve accreditation?

District accreditation requires the ongoing commitment from Ovid-Elsie’s leadership and Board of Education. We have a system in place to ensure a continuous improvement process focused on student learning. We must achieve and maintain the following requirements:

  • – Demonstration of compliance with the AdvancED accreditation standards
  • – Identification and illustration of the district’s framework for continuous improvement
  • – Evidence of methods being employed to monitor and maintain quality assurance

The AdvancED External Review Team will visit on April 30, May 1, May 2 and May 3, 2017. The External Review Team will gather data and evidence during the visit by interviewing staff and stakeholders, visiting schools and observing individual classroom teachers during their instruction. In preparation for this visit, we must:

  • – Analyze our stakeholder surveys from parents, students and staffs
  • – Analyze and summarize student achievement data from state and local assessments
  • – Conduct a self-assessment of the current level of performance in regard to the five AdvancED accreditation standards
  • – Develop an executive summary from the above information

After accreditation is complete, we will submit a progress report in the spring of 2018 to explain our progress in the implementation of any recommendations made by the External Review Team.