The recent Walton County School Board meeting started with the presentation of a plaque recognizing the Walton School District AdvancED Accreditation. Dr. David Jeselnik made the presentation.
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.
Jeselnik said the District received the recognition on June 23rd and it is good for five years. At the time of the accreditation the District had 7250 students and 15 schools. He said one advantage is the accreditation removes some of the compliance requirements. This can mean less paperwork at the local school level.
The accreditation also works across the district, not just in the individual schools. This means it takes in the whole system of the education environment. This system can include the schools, community, staff and support as well as what the students are doing.
The accreditation also is a standard on a national level. Jeselnik said this means the district standards can transfer to other accredited districts. The seal of quality allows transcripts and policies to be transferred.
The accreditation also provides an external evaluation. This gives recognition of where the district is doing well and where it needs improvement. The accreditation was done with the support of the principals.