Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been awarded Districtwide (or ‘full’) accreditation for five more years from AdvancEd, the non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of schools and school systems (pre-K – 12th grade).
In October 2016, BCPS hosted an AdvancED external review team, which evaluated the District and its schools to assess the District’s adherence to the AdvancED accreditation standards. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, and must participate in an external review every five years to retain the AdvancED school system accreditation.
As part of the review process, the external review team, comprised of 41 trained professionals from around the country visited 55 schools; conducted interviews with School Board members, the Superintendent, students, teachers, school leaders, District administrators, staff and various community stakeholders; reviewed BCPS performance data and documentation; and observed District and school practices in action.
“We are proud to have earned Districtwide accreditation, once again, from AdvancEd. The comprehensive review process provides us with valuable feedback from an external organization, highlighting areas where the District is performing well and identifying areas where we can improve our performance,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We will continue to refine our processes, increase our collaboration and focus our efforts on ensuring our students reach their highest potential. While there is always more work to be done, we are proud of our achievements.”
In its report, the external review team recognized strong practices in place across the District. Highlights include:
- A positive culture permeates the organization built on powerful student and teacher relationships.
- There is a clear focus on improvement and transparency about where the District is, a clear understanding of strengths and areas in need of improvement, and clear and laser-like focus to get there.
- Activities, programs, clubs and courses provide all students with opportunities to celebrate diversity and talent.
- The school system has moved from a single strategic planning process that spanned three years, to a more intense and effective set of three strategic plans, each covering a one-year planning cycle.
Staff, parents, students and community members can download and read the complete Report of the External Team Review of Broward County Public Schools by visiting http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/ospa/_files/BCPS-External-Review-Report.pdf
To learn more about the accreditation process for BCPS, visit http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/ospa/initiatives.asp?initiative_id=4
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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 100 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.