Bob Dunton, our previous Superintendent and the current Director of the Corbett Charter School, chose not to continue Accreditation for CSD. (The last school year we were accredited was 1999/2000.) We would have been accredited for 75 years at this point had this not been removed.
Bob Dunton firmly against accreditation
Bob Dunton has now written two letters to Charter parents this year ( 2012 ) about his disdain for accreditation. You can read his letters here ( One from March 24th and one from April 28th. ) You can also read a letter in response to Mr. Dunton, from a community member and parent, here.
Randy Trani applies for accreditation!
* As of the April 2012 School board meeting Dr. Trani has committed to applying for accreditation! For discussion and the very latest visit here on the Corbett Forum.
Information Night at the Grange
Dr. Richard Darst, the State Director for the Northwest Accreditation Commission presented a one hour presentation at the Grange and answered questions from the community. You can listen to the meeting at the Grange in late March. For audio:Listen here
” One has to ask the question, if accreditation was not very desirable, why are 98% of the private high schools in Oregon and approximately 90% of the public high schools in Oregon accredited. ”
Besides providing parents regular information about whether or not the school is meeting standards it also provides confidence ( and justification ) when a school and school’s programs are regularly evaluated. It ensures there is always a plan for improvement. No school is perfect and we can all work towards making things better for everyone. You can also select here to check out what other schools are accredited in Oregon!
Accreditation for the cost of an iPad
According to Dr. Darst, the costs to our district would be: $450 annually/per school and .17¢ per student. In Corbett’s case we are probably right around a total dollar amount due each year of about $600.00. [ That’s about the same cost as a single iPad being given away as incentives to bring 9th graders into the Charter School! ]
According to Superintendent Trani’s comments at the April 4th, 2012 board meeting it could cost us $40,000 to investigate accreditation. That seems to be a LOT of investigation of something 90-98% of other schools consider a good choice for students. It is also $39,400 more than the actual costs from NWAC.
As to time involved, Dr. Darst explained to Superintendent Trani in the beginning the initial application is a basic 2 page application with a one time $100 application fee. ( Less than 30 minutes for that. ) Then the school has 3 years to become fully accredited. ( During the self-study parent volunteers can help collect information and help staff in any way that they might need. ) It is a great process and those most reluctant to go through it later admit it was a great learning tool. Also, if we send in that application by August 1st, next year’s seniors could graduate from an accredited Corbett High School.
What is the exact process?
There are three phases to Northwest Accreditation:
|Application: $100 and a basic two page description of school.…
|Provisional Accreditation: It is during this time (up to three years) that a school completes its first self-study, resulting in a formal school improvement plan. The school has all rights and privileges of a fully accredited school with the exception of voting on resolutions or by-law changes.…|
|Accreditation: The school meets all standards and moves to a six year cycle between on-site visits. The school also receives all privileges including voting on resolutions, by-law changes and any changes or modifications in Northwest Accreditation Commission standards.Find out more here.|
The Northwest Accreditation Commission says:
Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency.
You can download and read the document here:
To the parents and public…
Parents can receive information regularly on the extent to which their school/program is meeting school testing standards.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is recognition of a high-quality and well-balanced educational program. Accreditation serves as the catalyst for school improvement. It generally helps to upgrade the quality of instruction and the school’s program of study. Accredited schools meet Northwest Association of Accredited Schools’ (NAAS) core accreditation standards considered essential for quality education.
To the School
Accreditation provides a quality Assurance Framework for comprehensive school improvement planning to maximize student success. Accreditation leads to the improvement of the school through its own efforts. To meet and exceed NAAS standards requires total school involvement and a serious commitment to educational renewal.
Accreditation assures that an ongoing process of evaluation will be a permanent feature of school improvement practices.
Accreditation evaluates non-traditional educational programs using the same accreditation standards as the public schools in the community.
The community in general is more attractive to prospective incoming families and businesses when it can be reported that its schools are accredited.
Accreditation provides general justification for public confidence in a member school. It does not affirm that the school is perfect in all aspects, but it does promise that the school has the resources, leadership, and vitality needed for ongoing improvement.
What is the value of accreditation for this school?
One over-riding value of accreditation is the promotion of continuous school improvement which leads to greater student achievement. In addition, it affirms that objective conditions for quality and progress exist in the school. Accreditation attests to the potential for excellence and provides a method for the school to show how it meets approved regional accreditation standards and thereby stands as a beacon in the community.