AdvancEd, which is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organization effectiveness and accreditation, completed its review of Los Alamos Public Schools with a recommendation for AdvancEdSystem Accreditation.
If the review team’s recommendation is accepted by AdvancEd, the district will be internationally benchmarked through an official announcement made by AdvancEd in January 2013.
Five positive themes emerged from the accreditation review. Based on information provided, the district has:
Meaningful, intentional engagement and community with all stakeholder groups;
High expectations for students, faculty, and staff;
Positive, respectful relationships among all stakeholders that support student learning;
Tremendous commitment to stakeholder engagement and participation in decision-making at all levels of the system; and
A culture of consistently high expectations for students and staff.
In addition, the AdvancEd Review team praised Los Alamos for structuring time within the school day for embedded professional development for teachers and support of parents.
The team felt staff had high expectations for students and there were many strong school/community partners.
They went on to state Los Alamos should be proud of their experienced administration and highly qualified teachers.
Next steps for the district will be to complete the District Strategic Plan and, in the process, create a systemic, systematic process for continuous improvement.
In addition, the District will align and monitor school plans and goals to the District continuous improvement plan and goals.
The District will also design a comprehensive, systemic assessment process to inform instruction for all students that includes consistently administered, locally developed, formative assessments in addition to the summative assessments currently utilized.