In a special called meeting on Wednesday, November 11, the District 55 Board of Trustees heard a very favorable report from Patricia Golding, Chairperson of an AdvancED External Review Team. The five-member team of education professionals conducted a three-day thorough review of the district’s impact of teaching and learning on student performance, the capacity of leadership to guide and ensure effectiveness in carrying out strategic direction of the district, and the utilization of resources to meet diverse needs of students and the district. The team’s findings will be used as a tool for formative analysis and continuous improvement in the district. Upon completion of the intensive review process, team members compiled data and issued the district an overall Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 307.80. This exceeds the AdvancED Network Average IEQ score of 278.34, an average determined by data from over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide. After presenting the team’s findings, Golding reported, “The External Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Laurens County School District 55 earn the distinction of accreditation by AdvancED.”
External Review Team Members
Robbie Binnicker, Julie Von Frank, Dr. Patricia Golding (chair), Shawn Clemons, Louis Martin
Following the recommendation announcement, District 55 Superintendent Billy Strickland noted his appreciation of the commitment and hard work of school and district staff members, as well as the support of the community - - all factors in the positive results of the review. “I am very proud of this district and community for working together to provide a quality public school system for our students. Together, we will remain focused on our mission to love, serve, and care for those around us. District 55 maintains our vision of being a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.”
The External Review Team consisted of education professionals from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In addition to Dr. Golding, team members included Julie Von Frank, Robbie Binnicker, Shawn Clemons, and Louis Martin.
The AdvancED accreditation process is an international protocol for institutions committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement.