AdvancED has identified seven research-based foundational elements for accreditation, called System/School Quality Factors. These elements are key factors used in driving school and system continuous improvement. The elements as defined by AdvancED, along with links to our district evidence, are listed below:
- Clear Direction: The capacity to agree upon, define and clearly communicate to stakeholders the direction, mission and goals that the institution is committed to achieving.
- Healthy Culture: The shared values, beliefs, written and unwritten rules, assumptions, and behavior of stakeholders within the school community that shape the school's social norms and create opportunities for everyone to be successful.
- High Expectations: An institution’s stated commitment and demonstrated actions in support of high expectations for all stakeholders, including excellent student learning outcomes and success, high levels of teacher quality and support, leadership effectiveness, proactive community engagement, and valuable parent involvement.
- Impact of Instruction: The capacity of every teacher to purposefully and intentionally create an environment that empowers all students to be successful in their learning and reach expected levels of achievement, including readiness to transition to the next level of learning or career pathway.
- Resource Management: The ability of a school to plan, secure and allocate its resources (human, material, and fiscal) to meet the needs of every learner.
Efficacy of Engagement: The capacity to engage learners and other stakeholders in an effective manner to improve learning outcomes.
Implementation Capacity: The ability of a school to execute, with consistency, actions designed to improve organizational and instructional effectiveness.