• News Release: PGCPS High Schools Renew Accreditation - UPDATED

    May 8, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MDThe Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools has renewed accreditation for all 26 high schools in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).


    Accreditation is the gold standard for measuring and evaluating school performance. The Commissions’ new district-wide process allowed all PGCPS high schools to receive accreditation in the same year. In the past, schools went through the accreditation process at different times.


    The new process will allow for greater internal consistency among high schools as it relates to school improvement efforts and the accreditation timeline. PGCPS had the highest number of schools go through the new districtwide accreditation process.


    “The Middle States accreditation process promotes a systemic approach to school improvement,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “Accreditation serves as independent validation of our good work and helps to guide our strategic planning, curriculum alignment and coalition-building.”


    Accreditation is a multifaceted voluntary evaluation process for schools and school systems to demonstrate research-based performance standards. The Middle States accreditation standards includes 12 factors: 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 accreditation process begins with a self-study requiring input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Middle States member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.

    Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders in 34 states and nearly 100 countries establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. For more information, visit www.msa-cess.org.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.