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Elizabethtown Independent School District is one of seven school systems in Kentucky to be recognized for achieving voluntary system accreditation through the AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process.
The Kentucky Department of Education announced the achievement last week.
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance for schools and districts.
Assistant Superintendent Kelli Bush said the district has earned this accreditation since it consisted of one school in the early 1900s. It was one of the first schools at the time to do so.
It is a longstanding tradition to pursue and achieve accreditation every five years, she said.
“It’s an affirmation when you receive that accreditation of the excellence at the Elizabethtown Independent School district,” she said.
The rigorous process includes looking at a district’s leadership, teaching, stakeholders and continuous improvement among students, Bush said.
“I think it’s a direct reflection of every part of our district,” she said.
The evaluation required districts to have an organized purpose and direction, have leaders who promote student performance and school effectiveness, assess teacher effectiveness and student learning, have resources and services to ensure student success and using assessment data for continuous improvement.
Accreditation helps build trust for a school in the community and among prospective students and their families because it is conducted by a third party. Some of the peer educators who inspected the school this year came from California and North Carolina, Bush said.
District leaders were especially glad to earn accreditation this time because it was the first time the process evaluated the district as a whole, rather than individual schools, she said.
“It’s definitely an accomplishment and an affirmation that we’re high quality,” she said.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.