District Receives AdvancED Accreditation Award

Above (front center), AdvancED Individual Excellence Award recipient and reading intervention specialist Connie Molony and QAR team coordinator Sue Myxter are flanked by members of the District’s School Improvement Committee and (back row, center) FPS Superintendent Rick Buresh and DPI Superintendent Wayne Sanstead.

The Fargo School District has been formally recognized by the North Dakota State AdvancED board with the 5-year renewal of its AdvancED accreditation through the North Central Association.  In late January of this year, the District hosted an AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review team in the District for three days of inspection and evaluation of the district’s operation.

During their visits last winter, QAR team members conducted interviews with a wide variety of District stakeholders, examined artifacts, conducted school visits, and engaged in professional deliberation to determine the degree to which the District met seven Standards of Excellence: Vision and Purpose, Leadership and Governance, Teaching and Learning, Documenting and Using Results, Resources and Support, Stakeholder Relationships and Communication, and Commitment to Continuous Improvement.

To earn or renew accreditation, a system must perform at an “operational” or “highly functional” level on all seven standards.  The District received a rating of “highly functional” on the standards of Vision and Purpose, and Resource and Support, and received an “operational” rating on the other five standards.

A week ago Thursday, the District was formally recognized at the North Dakota AdvancED annual conference for its exemplary implementation of the North Central Association’s accreditation process.