The Mathews County public school system has achieved full accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
School board members, administrators and others from the community received the official news during an oral exit report delivered on March 16 at a special school board meeting in the Mathews High School auditorium.
James Brown, retired deputy superintendent of schools from Tallahassee, Fla., who chaired the five-member quality assurance review team, reviewed the accreditation process and spoke of his team’s initial conclusions.
In this process, individual schools and divisions are assessed on seven standards—vision and purpose, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, documenting and using results, resources and support systems, stakeholder communications and relationships, and commitment to continuous improvement.
For each of those seven standards, the assessment team assigns one of four ratings, ranging from highly functional, operational and emerging to not evident.
In two areas—teaching and learning and stakeholder communications and relationships—Mathews schools received the highest rating, highly functional. According to Brown, this indicates the division is performing exceptionally in these areas.
The remaining five areas received the second highest rating, operational. "Operational is the level at which AdvancED considers a standard ‘fully met,’" Brown said. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED.
Prior to the visit from the five-member team, assistant superintendent Nancy Welch compiled a large amount of detailed information about the school division, including student performance results, improvement plans and other documents.