You couldn’t wipe the smiles from school officials’ faces when results from the recent accreditation process were announced.
Bossier Schools has not only been recommended for accreditation by AdvancED, the largest international accrediting agency for PreK-12 schools, but the district has scored significantly higher than the international average of all districts evaluated in the last year.
Out of a possible Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 400, Bossier Schools attained a 326.22. The AdvancED network average is 278.34. The scoring rubric is based on three components; the impact of teaching and learning, capacity of leadership and use of resources.
“Excellence is not just expected, but it’s also adhered to by all of our stakeholders,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen, Jr. “This serves as validation that we have a lot to be proud of as we continue striving to improve every child’s educational experience and providing them with opportunities to achieve success.”
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals across the globe that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of more than 32,000 school systems and institutions. As part of the accreditation process, an eight-person team spent March 7-9 in Bossier Parish, visiting a cross-section of schools chosen by AdvancED, interviewing 271 administrators, teachers, School Board representatives, parents and community stakeholders and digging into the district’s performance data.
Bossier Schools‘ highest score came in the leadership category. Machen commended Terrie Johnson, Supervisor of 9-12 Instruction, who led Bossier Schools’ accreditation efforts in exemplary fashion, as well as many others across the district.
The AdvancED team visited six Bossier Parish schools — Carrie Martin Elementary, Benton Elementary, Benton Middle, Airline High, Kerr Elementary, Haughton Middle, Plantation Park Elementary and Curtis Elementary. Kerr Elementary Principal Janet Doughty said the results reaffirm what she sees on a daily basis — a staff that is dedicated to education and excellence.
Doughty said her school will definitely celebrate the accreditation outcome.
“We’re very excited,” she said. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and will be sharing it with our students and parents.”
AdvancED lead evaluator Virginia Massey said Bossier Schools has a great deal to be proud of.
“If I were looking for a school district for my child, this is certainly one I would consider you put children first,” Massey said as she delivered Bossier Schools’ external review exit report.
Accreditation is an elective process, which Bossier Schools believes is necessary to exhibit openness and demonstrate accountability to the community. Once the recommendation is acted upon by the national AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the district will be extended accreditation for five years.
Machen went on to say, “The value of our system is contingent on community support. That is what makes the difference, coupled with our educators’ desire to see every child succeed to their utmost potential.”