Looking Forward to the Middle States Visitation

During the course of the 2014-2015 school year, the Freehold Regional High School District engaged in a comprehensive self-study aligned to the district strategic plan in preparation for this December’s validation team visit from The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). To guide our efforts, our district adhered to the MSA-CESS Excellence by Design accreditation protocol for school systems. MSA-CESS standards, protocols and accreditation services reflect the latest research on school effectiveness and school improvement and uses volunteers trained in critical peer review to provide an external validation of a school’s or school district’s performance. Middle States accreditation provides its members with the knowledge and processes necessary for implementing school improvement and achieving higher levels of student performance.

Over the last eighteen months our district has engaged stakeholders from all segments of our communities. Specifically, over 5,000 students, parents, and staff completed comprehensive surveys on all aspects of our district’s operations; over 700 parents and staff completed surveys that provided feedback on our growth objectives; over 300 students, parents, and staff participated in focus groups aimed at generating ideas to achieve our growth objectives; over 30 students, parents, and staff participated on teams charged with creating action plans to achieve our objectives; and nearly 100 students, parents, community members, and staff served on either the district planning committee or on one of the six school planning committees.

The process has been a thoughtful and energizing process that has produced action plans that will enrich the experience for both today’s students and the students that will be joining us in the years ahead. As a culminating experience, a twelve-member Middle States Validation Team will be in our schools Tuesday, December 1st through Friday, December 4th to meet with various stakeholders and observe our operations. Ultimately, this team will make a recommendation to the Middle States Association regarding our district’s reaccreditation. An oral preliminary report will be presented by the team chairperson on December 4, 2015.

Click here to learn more about our Middle States process.

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