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Twenty-One Catholic Schools Earn Top Recognition from Middle States Association
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) announced today that 21 Catholic schools in 10 dioceses and archdioceses earned accreditation or reaccreditation, the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement.

“The Middle States accreditation process recognizes the unique qualities that make every school special,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of MSA-CESS. “Accreditation serves as an external validation of the good work that is occurring as well as the commitment to continuous school improvement and increased student achievement. ”

MSA-CESS accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools. In addition, MSA-CESS accredits non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions.

Accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.

The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school or school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Middle States member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.

“Middle States accreditation adds significant value to our schools,” said Middle States Commissioner Louis P. DeAngelo, Ed.D., superintendent of schools and secretary of Catholic education for the Diocese of Wilmington. “The accreditation process is a proven and effective approach to bringing school leaders, teachers and parents together to create a strategic plan focused on providing high quality education for all students.”

A full list of schools and school systems that earned accreditation or reaccreditation is available here.

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more
than 2,500 accredited schools and school systems in 34 states and over 100 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century. For more information visit www.msa-cess.org.
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