FARMINGTON – Davis School District will be under the microscope, as they work to earn Advanc-Ed systems accreditation.
The accreditation takes place every five years and looks at the entire district, rather than accrediting each school individually.
Davis would be the first district in the state to be accredited as a district, said Bryan Bowles, superintendent.
The process begins with a self-assessment, according to Patti Brown, director of curriculum and instruction, and will include interviews and observational visits from professional educators from outside the district.
A district-wide survey that also involves the community will take place prior to those visits. Teams will then be set up within the district to identify evidence and work with schools to meet requirements, said Brown.
Outside visitors will look to determine if the self-assessment is accurate and if schools are working as they should be.
“We need to be really honest” when self-assessing, said Bowles. “It helps to have another lens to look through” when experts visit, he said. “It is a very rigorous plan. They really expect school districts are working hard and that their students are ready for college.”
District administrators and board members said they have participated in the accreditation process for other districts, and that participants are always asked for ideas on how to improve schools.
The first purpose in the accreditation process, is to determine the purpose and direction of the district, according to Brown.
The governance and leadership of the district will also be under review. The quality of teaching, mentoring and whether or not adults are connecting with students is a third area of focus.
Also to be considered are resources and support systems available to students and if results are being used to ensure improvement.
“The whole process is about continuous improvement,” said Brown.