Nearly 3,000 schools, school districts and educational institutions throughout the United States and in more than 90 countries around the globe are accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).
MSA-CESS standards, protocols and accreditation services reflect the latest research on school effectiveness and school improvement and uses volunteers trained in critical peer review to provide an external validation of a school’s or school district’s performance. Middle States accreditation provides its members with the knowledge and processes necessary for implementing school improvement and achieving higher levels of student performance.
Recent research suggests the critical differences between schools that make the grade and those that struggle are the:
Degree to which the school clearly understands what it needs to do to improve;
Extent to which the plan to improve is supported by school and community stakeholders; and,
Capacity of, and commitment by, the school to implement and sustain its plan to improve over time.
Middle States accreditation helps a school critically review its current performance, set a course for positive change and build the commitment and support necessary for significant and long-term improvement.
Accreditation helps ensure that schools are making the most efficient use of available resources. Middle States accredited schools are better positioned to use time, talent and money in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Whether a school looks to build on its record of high performance and solid reputation or is interested in setting a new course for continuous school improvement, Middle States accreditation is a catalyst for making every school better.
The strongest supporters of the power of the accreditation process are those who have experienced it, such as Middletown High School North in New Jersey:
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