ALLENTOWN — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) has re-accredited Community Services for Children for another seven years, a move that recognizes the agency as a leader in quality standards.
CSC is one of 167 schools worldwide to earn accreditation or re-accreditation, which is considered the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement. MSA-CESS accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers and distance education institutions.
“I congratulate our newly accredited and re-accredited schools for their ongoing commitment to achieving excellence,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “The Middle States accreditation process is a proven and cost-effective approach to help schools and students grow and improve.”
The voluntary accreditation process consists of a self-study to gather input from school leaders, teachers and families, followed by a peer review by a team of volunteer educators. This accreditation is based on 12 standards: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities and information resources.
The visiting team made its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which voted on the accreditations at its biannual meeting in Philadelphia this month.