St. Bernard Parish Schools last week was recommended for renewed accreditation by AdvancEd, a third-party accreditation agency that evaluates districts throughout the nation.
According to the lead evaluator, Virginia Massey, the school district did incredibly well and ranks “among the better districts in the nation.”
The district outperformed the national average by over 50 points, and the committee commended the district for being exceptional in four areas: for their efforts in communicating with parents and the community; for teachers’ overall classroom observation scores; for effective leadership (from the Board, Central Office, and school-based administrators); and for strategic planning and use of resources to benefit students.
The committee arrived at their conclusions after a three day comprehensive visit which included interviews of district and school leaders, meetings with parents and community members, and classroom observations. The committee also reviewed hundreds of pieces of evidence and artifacts provided by the district.
Superintendent Doris Voitier explained that receiving accreditation signals a school district’s quality and burnishes its reputation.
“St. Bernard Parish School District offers students a first-class education in some of the finest facilities in the state. This report and the committee’s findings only validate that,” she said.
School Board President Diana Dysart reiterated those sentiments and added, “We are very proud of the hard work that takes place in our buildings every day, and we thank our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community partners for their continued support in helping us ensure that we are a premier school district.”