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    Anyone heard from AdvancED?

    In 2010, accrediting group AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, initiated a review of Wake County Board of Education policies.  The NC chapter of the NAACP complained that the center-right board majority wanted to resegregate Wake County’s public schools, which was enough to prompt…
    Terry Stoops, December 12, 2013
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    Durham gets meaningless AdvancED blessing

    AdvancED announced that the Durham Public Schools is on the road to receiving full accreditation.  As you may recall, AdvancED is the same accreditation outfit that threatened to revoke Wake County Schools accreditation for reasons that had nothing to do with the performance of schools in the district. Speaking of performance, let's take a look at the performance of schools in Durham last year (see table below).  Without a doubt, state test results suggest that Durham has a handful of excellent schools.  It also has 17 schools, not including Lakeview and DPL, that fail to get at least 60 percent of its students at or above grade level on state tests (see Performance Composite).  The state categorizes these schools as "Low performing" and "Priority" schools (see ABC Status).  Apparently, the AdvancED folks do not have a problem with this.  Indeed, AdvancED did not think twice about accrediting the Halifax County Schools, one of the lowest performing districts in the state. Once again, it is proof that AdvancED accreditation does not mean much about the quality of the schools in a district.  Credit the General Assembly for creating an alternative.
    Terry Stoops, September 22, 2011
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    Georgia law raises school accreditation stakes

    From Education Week, A newly signed law in Georgia that gives the governor the power to remove school board members in a district that does not have full accreditation is bringing fresh scrutiny to the role of AdvancED, a private agency that accredits schools in that state and 48…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2011
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    Georgia Democrats: AdvancED “micromanaging, meddling”

    Public school districts in North Carolina and Georgia are unhappy with accreditation agency/bully AdvancED, and legislators in both states are fighting back.  In North Carolina, Republicans from Wake and Burke counties are leading the opposition, but in Georgia, African-American Democrats from the Atlanta area are objecting to AdvancED’s “micromanaging,…
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2011
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    Wake County: Long travels=lower scores

    Wake County’s response to the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has people talking.  According to the News & Observer, “School officials presented data this week showing that the academic performance of elementary and middle school students who are involuntarily assigned declined the…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2011