MPS learns more on accreditation in special called meeting

MPS learns more on accreditation in special called meeting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Board of Education held a special called meeting Monday afternoon to receive a report from AdvancED.

That report brought new information on the accrediting organization’s ongoing review of Montgomery Public Schools. As it stands, MPS will remain “accredited under review” and will undergo a standard accreditation evaluation in the spring of 2020.

AdvancED State Director Dr. Andre Harrison presented his review of the system’s accreditation status based on what was gathered during a second monitoring review in May.

“The key thing is going to be continuous improvement and continuing to work to sustain the improvements. Celebrate the success, but also think about how you will sustain and maintain,” said Dr. Andre Harrison, Advanced Senior Director of the Central Region.

According to Tom Salter with MPS, the report showed a marked improvement in the system’s ongoing accreditation process, with five of the nine areas meeting standards. Four other areas are listed as “Emerging” or having shown improvement.

“I am thrilled. Its about providing a quality education for Montgomery’s children," said Clare Weil MPS school board president.

“I think this gives the people in our system momentum and motivation because they are being successful in the things we are asking them to do. So they will be motivated to move higher to the next level,” said Dr. Ann Roy Moore, MPS Superintendent.

MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says this was a system wide team effort to get these results in a short amount of time, but there is still work to be done.

“This is not one of the where you do it one day and you finish with it you have to keep it up. You have to keep watching your finances, you have to keep watching what instructional things you are doing with students, you have to keep up with what training you are doing with teachers. I want us to run like a well oiled wheel,” said Dr. Moore.

“I have every confidence that accreditation will be fully restored," said State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey.

And with this progress State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey seeing the rapid improvement could have an impact on the state intervention of MPS.

“We have been looking at a timeline that would probably get the state out in sometime in 2021. I am not saying it couldn’t be earlier than that as this system does phenomenal work moving forward," said Mackey.

Since MPS remains “accredited under review” this means that under the close eye of AdvancED, MPS is required to show improvement in a number of specific categories. AdvancED reports it’s now ready to begin the review process of granting full accreditation renewal.

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