Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

 AdvancED Process and Background

​Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the AdvancED process.  The following information is designed to keep you fully informed and up to date. 

Information on this website will ensure accurate information about the process and provide insight into the School Board and District's progress.  Additional details can be found in the categories listed on the left navigational column of this web page.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System utilizes the AdvancED External Review for Accreditation of high schools.  All high schools in Savannah-Chatham County are currently accredited by AdvancED.

AdvancED PROCESS AND BACKGROUND:

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education services offered meet acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. The agency is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential and continuously improve.

Accreditation is your assurance of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s academic excellence.  Accreditation ensures a standard of quality among credits, courses, and grade level placements between schools and universities around the world. It also validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities.  The schools within our District are currently accredited that is expected to remain unchanged. 

AdvancED Responsibilities

AdvancED is responsible for ensuring school/school system adherence to the AdvancED Standards and Policies, conducting an External Review to every school/system at least once every five years, reviewing all school/school system reports, granting accreditation status for all schools/school systems, responding to complaints by and about schools/school systems, and maintaining accurate, complete and timely records.

Accredited Status

There are two accreditation levels that may be conferred on a school/school system as a result of an External Review. The accreditation status is based on the performance of a school/school system in areas related to the Accreditation Standards, Policies, Assurances, student performance results and stakeholder feedback. No provisions prevent a school’s/school system’s accreditation status from being changed upon a different timeline established due to the findings of a special investigation and/or possible subsequent monitoring reviews.

    a. Accredited
    b. Accredited Under Review

PROCEDURES REGARDING COMPLAINTS BY AND ABOUT ACCREDITED SCHOOLS/SCHOOL SYSTEMS

Written complaint. Any complaints submitted by and about schools/school systems must be submitted in writing, both paper or electronic notices are acceptable. All complaints should include information to allow for proper review and if determined, in the sole discretion of AdvancED’s Accreditation Divisions, appropriate investigation.

Complaints that are determined by AdvancED to sufficiently identify potential violations of AdvancED Standards or Policies will be investigated. Said determination of whether sufficient grounds exist to begin an investigation is in the sole discretion of AdvancED.

INVESTIGATIONS: In performing its duties, AdvancED may investigate an accredited school/school system on any matter related to possible violations of AdvancED Standards and Policies at any time. AdvancED shall use its judgment and discretion in determining if a complaint rises to a level justifying and investigation. Investigations will only be initiated when supported by substantial evidence and when they involve matters that could seriously hinder or disrupt the educational effectiveness of the institution and ability of the institution to meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards or Policies.

OUTCOMES:  The accreditation status of an accredited school/school system may be changed as deemed appropriate through the investigative process.  When warranted by a change of status recommendation, the results of an investigation shall be reported to the appropriate AdvancED Council or AdvancED Accreditation Commission or successor board/commission for appropriate action.

     Ongoing Monitoring:

The accredited/non-accredited status of a school/school system is regularly monitored by AdvancED’s Accreditation Divisions and Operations Offices and may be changed based on new or corrected information provided by the school/school system, External Review Team Reports, reports from Special Reviews, complaints submitted or other sources.

     Dropped:

The school/school system accreditation may be dropped if found by an investigative team to no longer adhere to the Standards and accreditation requirements or procedures, or fails to cooperate with any accreditation team investigation or request for information.

INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINT: The navigational links to the left will provide greater detail related specifically to the AdvancED Review in Savannah-Chatham County.  The status of the investigation, informational documents, along with the Board and School District steps to maintain full accreditation are provided.​


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