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Wednesday, February 08 2017
Ascension Parish school system gets high marks in accreditation review, lauded for post-flood efforts

DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish school district got a higher-than-average rating Wednesday from a team of educators reviewing the school system for national accreditation.

The leader of the team, Mary Mickelson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, commended the district on another matter, as well.

"We recognize your resilience and persistence in moving forward" after the flood of 2016, said Mickelson, who was impressed by the post-flood efforts of both the adults and the students in the school district. 


"I just can't put myself in your place," she said at a special meeting of the School Board on Wednesday. 

The Ascension Parish School Board was first accredited by the nonprofit AdvancED, which has offices in Arizona and Georgia, in 2007.

On-site reviews are required every five years for new accreditation by the organization, which accredits 34,000 schools and school systems in the U.S. and internationally, including 50 public school systems in Louisiana, according to its website.

Mickelson and her team have talked to 239 people in the Ascension Parish school district, including 58 students  — "We didn't interrupt their learning," Mickelson said — 72 teachers and 22 parents, as well as principals, administrators and board members.

The accreditation team, which was made up of Mickelson, three members from Louisiana and two from Arizona, also split into groups to visit 65 classrooms this week in eight of the district's 27 schools.  

The team looked at areas such as teaching and learning, the capacity of leadership and use of resources.

At the end of the review, the school district received a rating of 343.5 on a 400-point scale.    


The average rating is 278.94, Mickelson said.

Mickelson said the team has recommended to AdvancED that the Ascension Parish be accredited for five more years. A full report from the review team will come out in the summer.

The team gave the school system one priority for improvement:  to develop a five-year strategic plan, which, Mickelson said, the district has already begun.

"I think this is an affirmation of our efforts, our ability and our passion to serve children," Superintendent David Alexander said after the meeting. 

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