The Danville Area School District is currently accredited (and seeking re-accreditation) from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
What is the Middle States Association, and what do they do?
The Middle States Association is a non-profit association that performs peer-based evaluations of educational institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Successful evaluations result in accreditation.
The mission of the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools is as follows:
“The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, building on the rich history of the Middle States Association, aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school’s trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices.” (“Our Foundation Documents.” MSA, Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2018, https://www.msa-cess.org/default.aspx?RelID=606504.)
How does a school become accredited?
Accreditation is a voluntary process in which a school self-evaluates themselves using the standards put forth by the MSA.
The MSA has outlined standards regarding a school’s Mission Statement, Governance and Leadership, School Improvement Planning, Finances, Facilities, School Organization and Staff, Health and Safety, Educational Program, Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning, Student Services, Student Life and Student Activities, and Information Resources. Expectations include goal-oriented decision making, ethical practice, and collegiality and collaboration with all stakeholders.
For further information, please read the Middle States Association Foundation Documents.
What are the benefits of accreditation?
The accreditation process allows for a team-based approach to goal-setting and planning. Because staff is involved in the process, they feel pride and investment in improving schools. Additionally, relationships between stakeholders are encouraged as a school works through the process.