Durham schools receive full accreditation

September 22, 2011 8:12:44 AM PDT
Durham Public Schools spent the last three days under the microscope and now has full accreditation to show for it.

An independent evaluation team combed over data while teachers, parents and administrators were interviewed about the educational vision of DPS.

"DPS is on a quest to reach that vision and go beyond the vision they have," said Dr. Veronica Harts, AdvancedED.

Harts led the evaluation team and at Wednesday's special board meeting, AdvancedED awarded DPS full accreditation.

It's the first time in the district's history that all of its schools are accredited.

"I think it does say we're on the right track and moving in the right track," Durham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Becoats said.

AdvancedED is the same high profile firm threatening to downgrade accreditation at Wake County public schools. Evaluators say district officials failed to meet a number of governance and leadership requirements.

Meanwhile, DPS officials hope their new accredited status can help turnaround the district's image to skeptical parents.

"I would strongly encourage families to visit the schools that are in the neighborhood cause I think every school has something to offer our students," Becoats said.

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