DeKalb County has work yet to do to stabilize its scandal-plagued school system, according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The accreditation agency said today that it planned to keep the metro school district on “advisement” status, which is a sort of limbo. Once a state standout, DeKalb has been recovering from a series of blows, including the indictment of its former superintendent and chief operating officer.
DeKalb County Schools has made progress in the last eight months, but not enough to put its accreditation back in good standing, the state’s top accrediting agency ruled Tuesday.
“With continued work and a focus on sustaining the efforts made to date, the school system will continue to repair its reputation and restore trust with its stakeholders,” said Mark Elgart, president and CEO, AdvancED, the parent company of SACS.
SACS’ options were to revoke the district’s accreditation, put the district on probation, which is more severe than advisement, place the district on “warning” or remove all sanctions and place it in good standing. SACS reviews district accreditation every five years, but can take action anytime during the cycle.
Earlier this month, Atlanta Public Schools was removed from probation status and placed on advisement. Cobb County Schools is also on advisement following a 2009 review.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog