Wayne County Public Schools is accredited as a “Quality School System” through AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation division.
The AdvancED district-wide accreditation recognizes Wayne County Public Schools’ commitment to systemic, systematic, and sustainable continuous improvement. Wayne County Public Schools understands that increasing student achievement involves more than improving instruction, and can only occur when all the parts of the education system – the district, school, and classroom – can work collectively through a strong academic program, an education-enriched culture, and active involvement and engagement from district stakeholders.
In the spring of 2014, Wayne County Public Schools sought renewal of its district-wide accreditation and a review team visited the district to analyze documents, student performance data, and other relevant artifacts to determine 1) how well the district meets student needs and 2) what areas can be improved upon. In essence, the team examined the district’s systems and processes in relation to the five AdvancED standards:
- Purpose and Direction
- Governance and Leadership
- Teaching and Assessing for Learning
- Resources and Support Systems
- Using Results for Continuous Improvement
As a part of the review, the team interviewed dozens of district stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, administrators, Board of Education members, and business partners. In June 2014, the district received official notice that its accreditation had been renewed.