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Somers School District seeks national accreditation

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SOMERS - The Somers School District has been on a journey seeking accreditation by one of the leading accrediting agencies in the world for educational institutions.

The process is voluntary and if the district receives it, it's a mark of distinction and this week the district is taking a step closer. The District hopes to receive accreditation of both the middle and elementary school by an organization known as AdvancED within the next three months.

"The accreditation is really a seal of approval from this outside organization," said Superintendent of Somers School District Joe Price. "But really what it represents is not an event or something you've earned but really a process you have committed to."

It's a long and rigorous process and it's taken the Somers School District 18 months to get to this point. The district is hosting a team of five reviewers from AdvancED this week who will evaluate 31 performance standards like purpose and direction and governance and leadership.

"There are 31 standards that are important in the success of a school or district," said Dr. Jeff Wooten Vice President of AdvancED Southeast Region. "They are grouped in three categories you have leadership, learning and you have resources.  Those are the three domains.  We are basically comparing the school district to see how they fit in the rubric of those three standards."

Once a district receives accreditation it lasts for five years. 

"This is an honor," said Dr. Charlotte Draper a Reviewer with AdvancED. "It's also a very wonderful process for the school to go through because it helps improve them.  The primary goal is school improvement."

The Evergreen and West Valley School districts are also in the process of seeking accreditation by AdvancED. 

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