Blount County Schools get strong accreditation review

Blount County Schools received an Index of Educational Quality score of 311.94 on its AdvancED Engagement Review Report, 33 points higher than its score on the previous accreditation review five years ago. The 311.94 is also well above the average range of 278-283 for all institutions evaluated for accreditation by AdvancED over the last five years.

Over a three-day period in February, the review team visited 14 schools, conducted effective learning environment observations in 77 classrooms, and interviewed 307 people including students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community leaders. The score is reaching what the review agency considers the “Impact” range, indicating that the practices observed are being sustained over time and are becoming ingrained in the system culture.

“This is a great accomplishment for Blount County Schools,” said Superintendent Rodney Green. This report and the progress it shows is only made possible by the dedication and hard work of the BCS family, including students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and everyone who loves and cares for the schools in our communities.”

The review team commended the system on its well-managed facilities, quality teachers and staff, leadership, resource management, and planning for continuous improvement. The Board of Education was singled out for its leadership as shown in a clear strategic plan detailing improvement efforts for the next five years. Other favorable mentions include system operations, financial management, and policies that ensure system effectiveness.

The review team encouraged continued focus on curriculum alignment across all subjects and grade levels along with continued movement towards standards based grading and report cards.

“I’m extremely pleased with the report,” Green said. “It confirms full system accreditation for all schools and programs, and assures the community our schools are meeting our students’ needs now and has plans in place to do so in the future.

“I take special pride in personal comments made by a couple of the members of the review team. ‘What you have here you can’t find everywhere,’ one said. And even better, ‘I would like for my kids to go to school here!’ Those comments speak louder and clearer to me than about the quality of our schools and people than any score could,” he said.