WESTFIELD – The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), based in Philadelphia, Pa., announced that Westfield High School in Westfield, accredited since 1928, recently earned re-accreditation through the Commission on Secondary Schools. The school earned re-accreditation by completing an intensive evaluation process culminating in a multi-day visit to the school by a volunteer team of regional educators appointed by Middle States.
During the visit, the Middle States team met with and interviewed members of the school community including teachers, students, parents and administrators, as well as representatives of the governing board. Team members toured the facilities, studied plans for school improvement and documentation related to the school’s operation and student performance and observed classrooms.
The school joins a network of more than 3,600 schools accredited by the Middle States Association in the mid-Atlantic region and in more than 80 countries around the world. Middle States accreditation is recognized around the world as an indication of educational quality.
“MSA’s accreditation process goes beyond simply test scores to measure a school’s overall effectiveness,” said MSA-CESS President Henry G. Cram, Ed.D. “Members must take responsibility for their students’ performance, be committed to public accountability and dedicated to continuous improvement.”
To become an accredited member in the Middle States Association, a school must meet the association’s rigorous standards, undertake a comprehensive year-long self-study and host an onsite visit by a team of regional educational professionals.
According to Cram, school quality is best measured by individual student growth over time and the value added by the educational experience the school provides.
“Accreditation helps a school and its community to understand how it is doing, but more importantly, learn what it needs to do to improve—a key element missing from most other school assessments,” said Cram.
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