ATLANTA (WAOK)- The Atlanta Board of Education and Atlanta Public Schools received good news Tuesday from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The accrediting association has decided to remove the probation status from the district’s high schools. The system was moved to Accreditation with Advisement, the second highest rating given by SACS.
Atlanta Board of Education Chair Brenda J. Muhammad said the board was given six required actions and SACS rated four completed. SACS has requested to hear back from the board by September 30, 2012 to ensure substantial and sustained progress on the following two action items:
o Develop and implement a long term plan to communicate with and engage stakeholders in the work of the district to achieve the Board’s mission for educating the students of Atlanta Public Schools. The plan should focus on efforts that will regain stakeholders’ trust and confidence in the governance and leadership of Atlanta Public Schools.
o Ensure that the actions and behavior of all board members are aligned with board policies, especially those related to ethics and chain of command, and AdvancED/SACS CASI Accreditation Standards and policies.
“These two items require that we demonstrate sustainability, and that, of course, cannot be done in the short term,” said Muhammad. “Aside from that, everything else is complete.”
The Atlanta Board of Education has been focused on resolving its issues that led to the accreditation action since January, holding weekly meetings with a structured project framework managed by the district’s Strategy & Development department.
“It is important to remember that APS high schools remained accredited throughout this process, meaning that district graduates have always been eligible for admission to colleges and universities of their choice throughout the country, as well as for scholarships that require recipients to be graduates of accredited high schools,” said Muhammad.
Muhammad said the district plans to continue to partner with SACS to sustain the results of the Board’s work over the past year. She added that the Board is committed to continuing this effort to fully resolve the remaining issues identified today by SACS.
The Atlanta Public Schools were placed on probation by SACS after infighting on the Atlanta School Board rendered it virtually useless and widespread cheating on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).
Read the entire SACS report here APS SACS Monitoring Report Final