CCSD receives accreditation from AdvancedED

CCSD receives accreditation from AdvancedED
October 22 21:57 2018 Print This Article

In the culmination of a three-year application process, Charleston County School District (CCSD) receive national accreditation from Alpharetta, Georgia-based AdvancedED at Monday’s school board meeting. AdvancedED Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mark Elgart specified five areas that CCSD will have to focus on to achieve needed improvement. Foremost among the areas of emphasis are establishing a clear governance structure for the consolidated school board and changing the budgeting process so that high-poverty schools get the resources they need to improve student achievement.

Elgart cited Jefferson County, Kentucky (Louisville metro area) and Miami-Dade County as school districts with challenges similar to CCSD which achieved significant advancements in student achievement. He said, “Business and community leaders in those districts played a big role in the district improvements. Schools are not just the property of those who work there.” Elgart said that successful schools have a big economic impact on communities.

In another school board matter, Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait expressed reservations about the state testing system, which uses state-written tests rather than nationally-normed tests. Postlewait wants principals to focus on individual student growth, based on the Measure of Assessed Performance (MAP) tests, administered three times during the school year. The MAP tests assess student growth during the school year and break down student performance in specific skill areas. Teachers can use student MAP data to individualize instruction and help students make gains in the areas where they need the most improvement. Postlewait will meet with CCSD principals in November and instruct them on how they can use MAP scores to improve student performance.

School board member Kevin Hollinshead asked Postlewait if she would increase contact hours in reading and math to increase student performance or extend the school day in high-poverty schools. He also suggested partnerships with municipal governments and community groups to help boost achievement. Postlewait said student improvement measures will be an open discussion within CCSD.