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June 16, 2016
Polk County Public Schools has earned districtwide accreditation following a rigorous review of its schools, programs and policies.
“Our educators and employees dedicate themselves every day to serving Polk County’s youth,” said Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd. “Their passionate commitment to providing educational excellence was the necessary ingredient toward achieving districtwide accreditation.”
Districtwide accreditation was a voluntary process meant to explore Polk County Public Schools’ strengths as well as ways the local school system could improve and become more efficient.
Polk County Public Schools has been accredited through AdvancED. A formal presentation will be made at the School Board meeting on June 28.
AdvancED serves the largest community of education professionals in the world and is known for conducting reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems, according to the organization’s website. The non-profit, non-partisan organization serves as a partner to 32,000 schools and school systems across the United States and 70 countries.
In Polk County, a review team visited more than 300 classrooms and spoke to more than 500 community stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, district employees and others.
A final exit report was presented in January, showing that Polk County Public Schools received a very good score following the review and received a recommendation for districtwide accreditation.