The accreditation process is a vehicle for school improvement involving a perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment. The self-study phase of the accreditation process revolves around an in-depth gathering of evidence that enables a school to take an honest look at what is and isn't working based upon criteria set by the accrediting agency as well as schoolwide learner outcomes specified by the school.

The accreditation process also involves the systematic development of schoolwide improvement plans that are monitored and updated annually and thus support school renewal.

All public secondary schools and community schools for adults shall engage in the accreditation process as prescribed by the accrediting agency that has been designated by the Board of Education. All other public schools are encouraged to engage in the accreditation process.

Approved: 10/23/75; Amended: 3/88; 03/99