October 21, 2014

Standish-Sterling Community Schools receives plaque for national accreditation

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STANDISH — Standish-Sterling Community Schools recently received a plaque signifying its district accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Superintendent Michael Dodge accepted the plaque in Lansing on Thursday, Nov. 4 at a NCA CASI AdvancED Conference.

Standish-Sterling Community Schools received accreditation in June 2009 and the accreditation will last for five years. Director of Instructional Services Beverly Skinner said the school district had been seeking accreditation for a number of years.

“This was something we could do to improve the entire district,” she said. “This is the best accreditation you can get. It’s a very high honor.”

Skinner said that in the spring of 2009 a number of people from the NCA CASI came and toured every school in the district. She said a number of areas in the school were examined.

“They look for documentation and talk to groups at the schools, looking at the curriculum that is in place,” she said. “They look to see what goals we have, and to see if we are working to meet those goals.”

According to the quality report from the NCA CASI given to Standish-Sterling Community Schools, the district met all of the standards for accreditation.

The report states that the NCA CASI looks for districts that demonstrate high standards in several categories, implement a process for continuous improvement, and demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external reviews.

Skinner said having the accreditation lets the district know that they are moving in the right direction.

“We have a strategy in place and we are all working hard,” she said. “This shows that we are a more progressive district and we want our students to receive the best education they can.”

Currently Standish-Sterling Community Schools is one of 38 school districts in Michigan accredited by the NCA CASI.

Skinner said that having the accreditation is a positive for students in the district.

“For students looking to get into some of the elite collages in the state, this is a plus,” she said. “Those colleges look at things like this.”

“If I were a family that was just moving into the state and I had a choice between a school that was accredited and one that was not, I would choose the accredited one.”

Skinner said that earning accreditation would not have been possible had it not been for Dodge, the teachers and the effort of former Director of Instructional Services Roger Anderson.

She said that everyone in the district has worked hard.

“We have great things going on in our schools,” Skinner said. “This is a great honor for the schools and the district.

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