GAC Accreditation Update

From Stan Jester’s post at the Fact Checker >>

Pursuant to state law (O.C.G.A. § 20-3-519) in order to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must attend a school accredited by SACS (AdvancEd) or The Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).

Georgia Accrediting Agency (GAC) visited all 23 DeKalb high schools last week and gave an exit report at the 02/02/2015 board meeting.

Robert Boyd and his team were very complimentary of the DeKalb County School District saying, “We found them to be very well organized when we got down to checking the standards and documentation.  The documentation was outstanding.”  Boyd went on to say, “We even checked restrooms last week.  We did not find a single dirty, filthy, restroom.”

The consultants will send their reports to the GAC board meeting scheduled for the first weekend in March.  Boyd anticipates each and every high school in DCSD to be approved for full accreditation.

Kudos to Dunwoody Councilman Terry Nall who was instrumental in making this happen.

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4 Responses to GAC Accreditation Update

  1. thedeal2 says:

    I think I’d like to see their complete findings if they think “most” high schools are being used to their full capacity. It seems their biggest problem was with large high schools having two media specialists? This seems like an odd place to try to save costs, since they are paid so little anyway. They even said media specialists are not really needed in the age of the internet? Call me VERY unimpressed with GAC at this point. They sound about as competent as SACS.

  2. Bucky Rogers says:

    “All the principals were outstanding.” LOL.

  3. You might want to compare the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s accreditation process, standards and final report with that of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All of this information is available for public inspection. Unlike SACS, the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) visits every school it accredits. In a clever deal made with Crawford Lewis, SACS accredits the DeKalb County School System, meaning more money and less work for SACS. SACS visits very few schools when accrediting a whole school system and this basically gives a “pass” to DeKalb’s poorly performing schools. Also unlike SACS, the Georgia Accrediting Commission standards are clearly related to the process and delivery of education in the classroom.

  4. September says:

    GAC is catering to school systems when they say that schools do not need library media specialists. There is a whole body of research that says otherwise. School library impact studies have been done in many, many states. The conclusions are always similar. Schools with high quality library programs have higher student achievement. The results remain valid even when you compare schools with similar size and demographics. A high quality library program starts with hiring a professionally trained librarian and support staff. It includes a large up-to-date library collection, a flexible schedule so students may visit at the time of need, is open longer hours, and provides time for the librarian to plan collaboratively with teachers. I could go on, but you get the picture. A nice summary of the research can be found at

    http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf

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