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The DeKalb County School District received its SACS CASI accreditation in February 2007. AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, requires accredited school systems to participate in the accreditation process every five years. This process takes over a year to complete, so we have already begun preparations for our next SACS CASI visit tentatively scheduled for early 2012. The "Accreditation Timeline" outlines this process and will be updated to reflect completed tasks.
AdvancED requested information on seven topics on July 28, 2010 to determine our compliance with its standards and policies for accredited school systems. The initial thirty day deadline was extended to September 11, 2010 in recognition of the beginning of the school year. The Board of Education [ http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/board-of-education ] acknowledged and discussed this request at its meeting on August 6, 2010, and a complete response was sent to SACS CASI on September 9, 2010. SACS CASI responded on October 28, 2010.
In response to the October, 2012 monitoring team visit by AdvancED and the subsequent notice of remaining "accredited on advisement", DeKalb County School District has submitted a progress report update to AdvancED on February 15, 2012.
The reports documented the additional steps the District has taken to address the remaining two of the original eight actions to improve the school district: establish a clear role and line of authority for its internal auditor and complete a strategic plan to guide the future direction of the school district.
AdvancED will assess those steps during an on-site review of the District's five-year accreditation status, scheduled to take place in March, 2012.
SACS CASI accreditation visit will occur in early 2012, but the process has already begun.