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Education Notes

By Staff | May 28, 2019

School district receives five-year accreditation

The Lee County School District has earned accreditation for another five-year period through AdvancED, an internationally-recognized organization that conducts reviews to ensure educational institutions meet high learning standards.

The district’s Early Childhood Learning Center was awarded a separate five-year accreditation.

The district was rated on 31 standards in the areas of leadership capacity, learning capacity and resource capacity. The ratings were calculated to determine an overall Index of Education Quality rating. The district earned an IEQ rating of 340.48, significantly higher than the AdvancED Improvement Network five-year average of 278.34 to 283.33.

An IEQ of 275 or higher indicates “the institution is beginning to reach the impact level and is engaged in practices that are sustained over time and are becoming ingrained in the culture of the institution.”

Areas that were specifically noted for their high impact were leadership, operational processes and strategic resource management.

The accreditation review, which took place in February, included on-site visits of 19 schools, as well as the Early Childhood Learning Center, Lee Virtual School and the district’s central office. The review team, which consisted of 18 educators from across the United States, interviewed a total of 698 students, teachers, support staff, administrators, school board members and community members.