CHADRON SCHOOLS RECOMMENDED FOR ACCREDITATION

Posted 11 months ago

By John Axtell

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A 5-member outside assessment team has recommended that the Chadron Public Schools receive district-wide accreditation by AdvancEd, formerly the North Central Association.

The team, which spend 4 days in Chadron this week, released a glowing report at a public meeting yesterday afternoon…rating the district high in all the categories used by AdvancEd in determining accreditation.

A full report will be sent to the district next month and posted on the Chadron Public Schools web page, www.chadronschools.org. The AdvancEd board, which meets only twice a year in January and June, is expected to approve Chadron’s accreditation at it’s January meeting.

The Chadron district received special praise from the assessment for the partnerships it has built with a wide range of stakeholders and the open and transparent communication it has with them. School board member Gary Hoffman was especially pleased with that.

The assessment team…comprised of 4 current or former school administrators from Nebraska, Wyoming, and Florida plus one staffer from the Nebraska Department of Education…also had high praise for the relationship teachers have with students in the Chadron district, which also pleased Hoffman

The team did recommend two areas the Chadron district should work to strengthen before its accreditation is up again: revising its strategic plan to more clearly emphasize student achievement and increasing “vertical integration” or teachers of all grades working together.

Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester says both are actually already underway, especially the vertical integration…which she says has been hampered by the reorganization caused by the closure of the district’s 4 rural schools and the creation of the Primary and Intermediate schools.

During its visit, the assessment team observed classes in all 4 Chadron schools…spending at least 20 minutes in 48 different classrooms…and visited with 188 people include the school board, administrators, teachers, students and parents.

The team leader was Jill Bramlet, a retired Wyoming kindergarten teacher, special education teacher, special education director, and principal who is the interim director of the Wyoming Education Coordinating Council.